TEAM ITP RACE REPORT
LORETTA LYNN’S; HURRICANE MILLS, TN — The last hurrah. The big kahuna. Judgement day. No matter how you characterize it, the 2012 ATV MX National Championship Series reached a dramatic conclusion at the Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. After nine rounds, thousands of miles and gallons of blood, sweat and tears, America’s fastest and most dedicated motocross quad racers gathered at this iconic facility in central Tennessee to bring closure to a long, exciting, hard-fought season.
Capping an already successful schedule, Team ITP wrapped things up neatly with several event victories and overall championships.
Maci Devenport applied the coup de grace to the Girls (12-15) class with a 1-1 moto sweep. It was her fourth overall victory in a row (fifth for the season), and earned her the crown after trailing in points all year. This stunning performance came on the heels of a dominant 90 Production (8-15) campaign which allowed her to skip the class at Loretta’s altogether and still claim that title by a wide margin.
Another ITP champion is Samuel Rowe, who had already wrapped up the Schoolboy Jr. (13-15) division before the season finale. This Janssen Motorsports-powered Root River Racing rider backed that up with the runner-up slot in the final Schoolboy Sr. (14-17) standings. He decided to race the College (16-24) class instead at Loretta’s and enjoyed a 2-2, second overall day.
As he has done throughout the year, Merrill Crose entered four classes. In eight total motos, this privateer never finished lower than second. It added up to overall wins in 450 A and Open A, as well as runner-up rides in Junior 25+ and Veteran 30+. In the final standings this ironman was second for the series in all four classes.
Root River Racing’s Haedyn Mickelson was also a star ITP performer, picking up the Schoolboy Jr. (13-15) overall with a 1-1 sweep. Solid 2-2 rides in Schoolboy Sr. (14-17) netted second overall in that class too. He did not compete as usual in the Super-Mini (13-15) division, but still ended up in the top three in the final standings — just as he did in the other two classes.
Our vote for “most improved” during the season would go to Dalton Hicks. He capped a progressive 2012 with his first overall triumph of the year at Loretta Lynn’s, in Production A. The Root River-backed Hicks was also second overall in 450 A, repeating his best-of-the-series result in that class at round nine. He ended up fifth and third in the standings in those two classes, respectively.
Kyle Fix was consistent and highly competitive at Loretta’s, placing second in four motos to claim second overall in both the Pro Am Production and Pro Am Unlimited classes. These were season-best finishes as well.
Janssen Motorsports/Roberts Racing Outlaws’ Chloe Buerster closed the door on a solid season with a moto win and second overall in the Women’s class, putting her in second for the year. Perhaps more impressive was her fourth place in the final 4-Stroke B standings — a large class with some talented guys.
Mike Barnhart climbed the podium twice in Tennessee, thanks to a moto win and top-threes in Open A and Veteran 30+. This Root River team member ended the year third in points in the former, fourth in the latter.
Riding for Janssen Motorsports/Roberts Racing Outlaws, Cody Janssen earned a moment in the sun with a strong 3-3, third overall Pro Am Unlimited ride at round ten. This cemented his excellent third in the series in this class. Fellow ITP rider Sean Taylor ended up right behind in fourth.
And let’s drop the curtain on 2012 with a thumbs-up to Jefferey Rastrelli. This Florida native toughed out a challenging rookie season in the Pro class and finished it up with his finest ride of the year in the final moto of the year to grab seventh for the day and top-ten in the nation in the final standings.
Photos by ATVRiders.com
In ATV MX for 2012, Team ITP consists of Cody Janssen and Chloe Buerster of Janssen Motorsports/Roberts Racing Outlaws, Merrill Crose, Jeffrey Rastrelli, Brian Johnson, Kyle Fix, Benjamin Brocado, Maci Devenport and the entire Root River Racing team: Jordan Digby, Mike Barnhart, Dalton Hicks, Haedyn Mickelson, Noah Mickelson, Brent Sellers, Sean Taylor, Alexander Gillette, Samuel Rowe and Allyson Westfield.
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