TEAM ITP RACE REPORT
ITP SUNSET RIDGE MX; WALNUT, IL — ITP has been a dedicated supporter of ATV racing since, well, almost as long as ATV racing has been around. ITP is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2012, has been fully committed to backing racers and events of all types throughout those past three decades.
Such was the case with round four of the 2012 ATV MX National Championship Series, held in Walnut, Illinois. ITP was the presenting sponsor of the Sunset Ridge MX, an event that drew hundreds of pro and amateur riders to this idyllic Midwestern track’s rolling hills. The real challenge for most competitors at this venue this weekend was probably the high heat and humidity.
But our talented Team ITP riders gave it their all once again and at the end of the day many enjoyed the scenic view from the podium.
One of the most frequent visitors there was Haedyn Mickelson of Root River Racing. This fleet teen scored three second-place overall finishes for the weekend, winning two motos along the way. These runner-up performances came in Schoolboy Sr. (14-17), Schoolboy Jr. (13-15) and Super-Mini (13-15). In the season point standings in each class he now holds first, second and fifth, respectively.
Samuel Rowe was another of ITP’s tough kids, putting his Janssen Motorsports-powered Root River Racing Honda on the top step of the Schoolboy Sr. (14-17) class and into fifth in the Schoolboy Jr. (13-15) division. He won the second motos of both classes, obviously keeping his cool in the tropical conditions. This Wisconsin native currently enjoys second and third in points for those two classes.
And how about the even younger Maci Devenport, who was triumphant in both the Girls (12-15) class and the 90 Production (8-15) field. With this race in the books, Maci sits second and first in series points, respectively.
In the big-boy classes, Cody Janssen had a good day in the intense Pro Am Unlimited division, going 1-2 in the motos for second overall on his Janssen Motorsports/Roberts Racing Outlaws Honda. He stands fourth in points.
Root River’s Sean Taylor stood next to Janssen on the Pro Am Unlimited podium with third overall, and added a very competitive fourth overall finish in Pro Am Production as well. This competitor from Iowa holds third and fourth in the class standings, respectively.
Finally we have Chloe Buerster, who is not a guy but rides like one against them, and who didn’t make a top-three podium this time but came very close. The Janssen Motorsports/Roberts Racing Outlaws athlete went 4-5 for fourth overall in the Women’s class (and is third in class points), as well as 2-7 in the 4-Stroke B class (to hold fourth in the standings).
The ten-event series now moves to Ballance MX in Oakland, Kentucky, June-2-3, for some rare night racing.
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.
For more information on ITP’s “MX Bucks” contingency program, download a form for free enrollment by visiting: www.itptires.com/racing.