Published on May 16th, 2011 | by Joe0
Lonestar Racing, Morehead Motorsports, Media Allstars Business as Usual, Sunset Ridge 2011 Race Report.
Morehead KY- After the rain and mud that accompanied round 4 of the ATVA MX Nationals at Budds Creek, things got back to normal. Up until the Budds Creek round the series had been blessed with great weather and other than a little wind you could not have asked for better racing weather at Sunset Ridge. Given the geographical location of Round 5 racers knew that there would be plenty of fast riders from the Midwest itching to test themselves against the fastest racers in the world. Even with the influx of talented “local” riders Team Media Allstars proved to be up to the challenge!
Saturday’s racing kicked off with the 16-24 class. Media Allstars #940 Dylan Tremellen rocketed his Honda out of the gate and pulled out to a nice lead. Dylan held on to the lead for 2 laps before settling for a 2nd place moto finish. In 4-stroke B the #940 machine once again pulled out to an early lead, this time Dylan held on and earned the moto win. Sunday’s 16-24 main event may have been Dylan’s best performance of the year to date. A bad holeshot put him in dead last as they rounded the first turn…but by the end of the race he had passed his way all the way up to 4th place which earned him a 3rd for the weekend! Determined to feed off of his 16-24 effort Tremellen pulled a massive holeshot and led from start to finish in the 4-stroke B main taking the overall, his second in the class this season. Team Manager/Racer #419 Chase Cunningham put in a solid performance in the Junior 25+ class. Chase earned moto scores of 2-1 for 1st overall, which marks the first time the #419 machine has made a visit to victory lane this season. With the win Chase extended his points lead slightly as we head into round 6. Cunningham also earned solid finishes in both Open A (7th) and 4-stroke A (8th) putting him inside the top 5 in the Open A points race. Jake McGraw #83 got off to a fast start at Sunset Ridge taking a moto win in 4-stroke A and a runner up in Open A but Jake’s unlucky streak continued as he saw a crash (Open A) and a bad start (4-stroke A) dash any hopes of an overall. A 7th place in 4-stroke A was good enough for the Piketon, OH rider to hold onto his points lead at the midpoint of the 2011 season. After giving us all a huge scare at Budds Creek Austin McGraw #114 did his best to shake off the cob webs at Sunset Ridge. Austin also had to battle his own machine as transmission troubles that had plagued his brother a round before found their way into his bike. The #114 Suzuki managed to salvage finishes of 5-8 for 6th in Open B and 10-7 and 9th place in 4-stroke B. Calen McGinty’s #33 Suzuki LTR450 found its way to the podium for the first time this season. Calen finally put two motos together and earned his best B class finish to date by going 3-6 for 3rd overall in Open B. Calen also earned a very respectable 7th place in Production B and remains in the top 5 in points. Ryan Wheeler #52 keeps creeping up on the point’s leaders in the 450B class. Ryan put in a very impressive 1-4 and 2nd place overall ride in 450B, which moves him up to 3rd in points. Ryan was not as fortunate in the Production B class as a first turn pile up in Saturday’s first moto ruined any chance of a top 10 finish. One rider that has shown the ability all season to overcome adversity is the #71 of Dan Hoisington. Dan had to borrow a bike to ride Saturday morning as his race bike transmission failed on him in Friday’s practice. After taking 2 motos to figure the bike out on Saturday Dan really showed that he is just a fast rider (no matter what he’s on) in Sunday’s mains by earning 3rd place finishes in both 450B and Open B and giving him overalls of 7th in 450B and 5th in Open B. Making just his second appearance this season was team veteran #636 Mark Batson. Mark made it count as he earned scores of 10-9 for 9th in a very competitive Vet 30+ A/B class. The world of youth racing has proven over the years to be very unpredictable. One thing that has been predictable at least this season is that #7 Josh Holly’s competitors know he’s going to be up front. Round 5 saw Josh blow his race motor in practice on Friday (which put a real damper on his speed), but after earning a 10-6 and 8th place for the weekend Josh still sits in 3rd in the 70 CVT (6-11) points race. Matthew Holly #9 continues to steadily get more and more comfortable on his Cobra 50 and his results show it! Matthew earned scores of 6-6 for 6th at Sunset Ridge in the 50 Sr. (6-8) class.
As the 2011 ATVA MX National Season approaches its mid point LSR, MMS, Media Allstar riders continue to put their machines up front. Going into Round 6 our riders are holding down the points lead in 2 classes and are in the top 3 in eight more! Steel City MX in Delmont, PA is the next stop of the 11 race Championship Series and it’s safe to say Team Media Allstars will be run