– Mushin Racing’s Chase Snapp dominated the Pro-am Production class at round one of the AMA ATV Motocross Championship series as teammates Dallas Tapscott and Brian Johnson also went 1-1 in the Schoolboy Sr. and College 16-24 classes to take overall wins for the team. Conditions for Saturday were good with sunny skies and warm weather, but showers that were forecast for Sunday did come into play for the Pro-Am Production class when the skies opened up just as the first moto got underway, but Chase Snapp didn’t seem to care.
Snapp flew off the line in moto one, taking second in the holeshot. Snapp laid down the fastest lap time of the moto in lap three with a time of 01:58.766, and two laps later, he would take the lead and check out. Snapp would finish in first with an 11 second lead over second place. In moto two, Snapp was again second off the line, but was able to take the lead by lap two. Snapp checked out once more with a ten second lead at the checkered flag to take the moto win and the overall. “It’s great to start the year with a win. Everything went really well and I am hoping for a repeat at Bowling Green,” stated Snapp, who would also take a respectable third in the Pro-Am Unlimited class.
Also in the Pro-Am Production class, Jeffrey Rastrelli was looking good. Although moto one was a little tough for Rastrelli, he came back strong in moto two to take third. Rastrelli’s 19-3 had him finishing just outside of the top ten in 11th place.
Dallas Tapscott came on strong in the Schoolboy Sr. class as he went 1-1 to take his first overall win of the season. Tapscott grabbed an early lead in both motos and checked out on the competition, finishing about seven seconds ahead of second place.
Brian Johnson also was on fire in the College 16-24 class. Johnson was second off the line in moto one, but took over the lead in lap two and checked out. In moto two, Johnson grabbed an early lead and never looked back. Johnson would go 1-1, taking the overall and an early points lead.
Kodi Ward was looking good in moto one of the 90 Auto class. The young racer was third off the line in moto one but fought his way up to the number one spot by the second lap and pulled an 11 second lead before crossing the finish line. Moto two looked as if it would be another easy win for Ward as he took the lead early in the first lap, but unfortunately, Ward would encounter mechanical issues and was forced to pull off. “Kodi did a great job out there and he is looking forward to coming back and taking the win at Bowling Green,” stated team owner/manager, Scott Ward.
In the Pro Ranks, Thomas Brown would go 8-8 to secure a solid and consistent seventh place overall. “Thomas did a good job out there and we are expecting him to do well at Bowling Green,” stated Ward. Rookie Pro, Cody Gibson was off to a good start in moto one, finishing in tenth, but moto two would not go so well. Gibson was looking good off the line, but then a pile up claimed Gibson going into the first turn and he would be forced to DNF with a possibly broken collar bone. “We are hoping the he will be able to ride at Bowling Green, but we’ll have to wait and see what the doctors have to say,” said Scott Ward. “Even so, Cody is a true champion and he’ll come back even better than before.”
After an exciting first round, Scott Ward is happy with the team’s performance and is looking forward to what the future holds for this young team. “Everything went pretty good for our team for the most part. We are a first year team and we do have a few bugs to still work out, but that’s part of racing, and we are confident we will do well at Bowling Green,” Ward concluded.
Round two of the 2010 AMA ATV Motocross Championships will be held in three weeks on April 10th -11th in Bowling Green, KY where Snapp, Tapscott and Johnson are in the hunt for back-to-back wins, and Thomas Brown will be shooting for the pro podium.