Rockstar Makita Suzuki Wins Pro ATV Series Opener Bob Boop
Mill Creek Raceway in Pell City, Alabama, has always been a good track for two-time AMA Pro ATV Champion and Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider Dustin Wimmer. He has won the last six motos at the hilly facility. Sunday's dominating performance proved that Dustin is still the man to beat.
Looking to get a third championship trophy to put on his mantle in 2010, Dustin was prepared and relaxed heading into this event. “I definitely felt less pressure than in previous years, but I’m here to win, make no mistake about that.” Dustin set fast time in Saturday’s timed practice aboard his Suzuki QuadRacer R450 and his new teammate Josh Creamer also looked fast.
“Everyone out here wants to ride these bikes for this team,” Creamer said Sunday before the first moto. “My Suzuki QuadRacer R450 is the fastest bike I’ve ever raced and it does everything well. The team is the best and I’m looking to pay back Suzuki’s confidence in me by performing and being up on the podium at every round.”
Threatening storms cleared out just before the start of the main event and the gate dropped under blue skies and sunshine. Josh Creamer pulled a huge holeshot and quickly put a three-second gap on second place (and teammate) Dustin Wimmer. The race for the top-five positions was very close until about midway when Dustin passed Creamer for first and then slowly started to pull away to a six-second lead. In the meantime, Creamer left a small door open, was bumped, and missed a berm, dropping several positions in the process. By race end, Dustin won by a comfortable 5 seconds while Creamer crossed the line in 6th place.
The second moto started just like the first with Creamer grabbing another clean holeshot over teammate Wimmer. The fuel-injected Rockstar Makita Suzuki QuadRacer R450s scorched the track in a yellow blur as Creamer and Wimmer quickly distanced themselves from the pack.
As in the first moto, about mid-distance Wimmer was able to get by Creamer for the lead, but this time Josh stayed with Wimmer and the two ran nose to tail. The two riders pulled a large gap on the rest of the pack and were in a league all to themselves. The two Suzukis were noticeably making up time in several sections of the track; linking sections together and riding lines that the others were struggling with. Toward the end of the race, Creamer had a slight spin coming down one of the hills, but he was so far in front of the third-place rider that it only cost him a little time.
At the end of the race the two Suzukis finished one-two for a truly dominating finish. From atop the victory podium, sipping on a Rockstar, Wimmer was very happy. “I love this track, and with the weather holding off I felt pretty good about my chances today,” Wimmer said. “My Rockstar Makita Suzuki QuadRacer R450 got me the good starts I needed and I was able to ride steady and smooth... It paid off and I couldn’t be happier. It was a great way to start off the new season.”
Teammate Josh Creamer was happy, as well. His 6-2 moto scores put him on the podium with a third overall for the day. “My goal is to be on the podium at every race, so this result is good,” the likeable Connecticut rider said. “I always want to win, but I made a couple slight mistakes and paid for it. Overall though, I’m pretty happy. My Suzuki is so fast, I’m really happy with the two holeshots. I think this year is going to be really good. I’m really loving this bike and the team is awesome. I’m going to settle into some training back down in Florida and come out really strong for the next race. I can’t wait for Bowling Green.”
Team Manager Kevin Mummah was happy with the results as well. “It’s always a good thing to start a season off with a win,” Mummah said. “To have both of our guys up on the podium was even better. There are a lot of fast guys out here this year and it’s clear that several riders have stepped up their game so it’s going to be a long, tough season, but it’s clear the Suzuki is the quad to beat and that our riders are ready to win.”
Watch out for Rockstar Makita Suzuki at the next event at the Ballance Motorsports facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
1. Dustin Wimmer Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki
2. Chad Wienen 3. Josh Creamer Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki
4. John Natalie
5. Josh Upperman
6. Jeremy Lawson
7. Thomas Brown
8. Joe Byrd
9. Patrick Brown
10. Cody Miller