WASHINGTON, Ga. (1er juin 2021) – »Round four of the 2021 ATV Motocross National Championship (ATVMX) Series, an AMA National Championship, headed to Aonia Pass MX in Washington, Georgia for another exciting round of competition. The brewing battle for the 2021 National Championship loomed large over the Memorial Day weekend as Phoenix Racing/CST Tires/Elka/Walsh Race Craft’s Joel Hetrick and Wienen Motorsports/Maxxis/SSi Decals/Fly Racing/Yamaha’s Chad Wienen once again prepared to lock horns.
Hetrick would once again strike first by claiming the Fastest Qualifier Award as he made quick work of the challenging track. With conditions near perfect, it was proving to be in Hetrick’s favor as he took full command of the fan’s attention before the motos. Losing the championship by mere points last year has this slow rolling boil simmering every lap as every point counts. For Wienen, the situation remains the same as he does everything in his power to keep Hetrick in check as it appears we are in for another razor thin points battle which already has Hetrick coming from a points deficit that reeled in the returning champ providing lap after lap of intense competition.
Moto one turned into stress city as the riders were gated and the fans flocked to the fences to see how this moto would go down. Hetrick may have locked in the fastest qualifier, however, the field of talent has been growing rapidly opening the door for up-and-coming racers to test their skills against the world’s best racers. The gate dropped as the sound of speed unleashed itself as moto one was now underway. Quickly it was the No. 88 Yamaha ATV of Hetrick out front adding another holeshot to the days achievements as the field cleanly worked its way through the first few jumps. Behind Hetrick, the race was as aggressive as ever as Ford Brothers Racing/Fly/SSi Decals/Maxxis/DWT/Maxima/Fourwerx/Walsh’s Bryce Ford and Wienen sorted things out on the first lap.
With Hetrick in clean air and no immediate challengers, he started doing what has taken him to the top as he made short work of the track. However, it was Wienen on the move as he reeled in Hetrick and showed the time between races was spent finding some speed he had been looking for. That speed was on full display as it appeared he may have things in hand to take the fight to Hetrick. Ultimately time ran out as Hetrick soared to the moto one victory leaving Wienen in second. »
Photo: Ken Hill