Vista, CA (07/16/2011) - Motoworks' John Natalie, Jr. came on strong at round number nine of the 2011 AMA ATV Motocross Championship series, taking the number three spot on the podium and holding on to the pro points lead.
The hard packed dirt at Unadilla set the stage for some intense racing for round number nine. Motoworks' John Natalie, Jr., who is still recovering from a broken arm, surprised everyone by taking the ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier award and following it up with a podium finish.
In the first moto, it was pretty intense off the start as Natalie and Chase Snapp connected, sending both riders off the track briefly. Natalie was able to get back on the track quickly and make his way up from sixth into the top five. Natalie battled hard and had worked his way into the number three position in lap twelve, but a bobble cost him his position and he would take the number five position at the checkered flag.
In moto two, Natalie was looking for redemption and flew off the start in third behind Josh Upperman. Natalie pressured Upperman for most of the moto and was able to make a move for second in the final two laps. Natalie was able to pull away slightly and hold down second all the way to the finish line. Natalie's 5-2 finishes would put him on the pro podium in third and allow him to keep his points lead. "This track was really hard packed and hard to pass on, but I gave it my all and we had a great battle out there. We had a great day and I put the Can-Am on the podium! I have to thank everyone at Motoworks for all of their hard work and helping me get to the podium again," Natalie said.
Motoworks' Chad Wienen will not be able to race for the rest of the season, but his recovery is going well, and Wienen will be in attendance at Red Bud in support of Natalie and the rest of the Motoworks team. "I'm really looking forward to being there and showing my support for the team. I'm also looking forward to seeing everyone that has helped me out and supported me through this tough time," said Wienen, who is expected to make a full recovery and return to racing next season.
Round number ten of the 2011 AMA ATV Motocross Championships will head to Red Bud in Buchanan, MI where John Natalie, Jr. will be looking to top the podium and extend his points lead as he tries to bring the Can-Am/Motoworks team the pro championship.