Published on March 28th, 2011 | by Joe0
Lonestar Racing, Morehead Motorsports, Media Allstars front and center at Round 2!
Morehead, KY – After the great showing during round 1 of the ATVA National MX series at Aonia Pass in Washington, Ga could Team Media Allstars really be back? Judging by the amount of heads turning at round 2 it’s safe to say we’re well on our way. With our new pit set up, RC truck demo’s (thanks to HPI), sickest bikes in the pits, and some of the fastest lap times of the weekend it’s not a stretch to say we’re already there!
Winning 2 overalls at round 1 is a hard act to follow, but Jake McGraw #83 did his best to prove it wasn’t a fluke. Jake earned a 1-4 moto finish in Open A for 4th and went 4-1 in 4-stroke A for 2nd overall. With his 1st place at round 1 and his 2nd at round
2 Jake is the point’s leader going into round 3. Making his 2011 season debut at Millcreek MX was the #940 of Dylan Tremellen. Dylan is no stranger to the podium as he put in dominant performances a season ago earning 2 C class championships. Looks like he’s going to pick up where he left off. A strong showing in the 16-24 class saw Dylan go 2-5 for 3rd overall and he found his way to the top spot on the podium in the 4-stroke B class claiming the teams only overall of the weekend…oh…and he did it all on a borrowed bike! Also making his 2011 debut was Hillsboro, OH’s Ryan Wheeler #52. Ryan was still recovering from
a broken wrist he suffered while training in the off-season and elected to sit out round 1. He came to Alabama hoping to prove himself as he makes the move into the B class this year. Ryan had a great run going in Sundays main event in the 450B class as he was running away with the win only to have his ball joint break 100ft before the checkers…it’s safe to say he’s ready for B class this season and he finished the weekend going 8-5 in 4-stroke B for 7th and 5-12 in 450B to earn 8th. Cody Kimberlin #67 took his LTR450 to the podium in the 4-stroke B class going 4-3 and finishing up 3rd overall. This fast up and coming rider also earned a 4th overall in the Open B class by posting 7-4 moto scores. Avoiding injury was the name of the game this weekend for Austin McGraw #114. It was a just one year ago at Millcreek when Austin broke his back…so
just finishing up healthy would be a huge improvement for the Piketon, OH native. Austin showed he wasn’t going to let this track get the best of him again as he went 6-4 for 4th in the 4-stroke B class and 6-6 taking 6th overall in Open B and earning a big sigh of relief! Several of our riders weren’t as fortunate as crashes and misfortune either hinder their results or cut their weekends short. #03 Brandon Benlien was involved in a first turn crash that caused him to break his clavicle, #313 Zach Harris was landed on in the whoops section which trashed his bike and ruined his weekend, Bailey Howard #11 was putting in one heck of a ride in the Production C class when he miscalculated a triple jump causing him to DNF, and Calen McGinty #33 saw a little of his 2010 misfortune return as he just couldn’t seem to catch a break all weekend long.
Nick battled a stomach virus all day on Sunday but it didn’t seem to slow him down much as he earned a podium in Production C by going 4-3 for 3rd. Nick also had a nice run in the 450c class with a 9-3 to earn him 6th overall. Team Manager #419 Chase Cunningham decided to test his endurance by running 3 classes at Round 2. Open A saw the Morehead, KY rider struggle to come through the pack settling for a 7-5 and 7th overall, 4-stroke A was looking like it may treat him a little better but an over aggressive rider got into Chase’s rear end during the main event causing him to loose a couple of positions and finish up 5-7 for 6th. But saving his best for last the #419 machine went 2-2 in the 25+ class to earn a very respectable podium finish by claiming 2nd overall. Shermans Dale, PA rider Josh Holley #7 once again put his DRR 70 on the podium! Josh finished up going 2-4 in the 70
CVT (6-11) class to claim 2nd overall 2 rounds in a row. They say consistency wins championships and Josh has shown he plans on being up front all season. Josh’s Brother Matthew Holley #9 is still trying to figure out his new Cobra 50 but continues to get faster with every moto. Matthew finished up going 10-9 for 10th in the 50 SR (6-8) class. Sean Taylor #199 came out swinging at round 2 in the Pro-Am Production class! Sean has been recovering from an injury and has had little to no seat time in the last few months. That didn’t stop him from earning a very respectable and borderline amazing finish as he went 3-4 for 4th overall in the 2nd fastest class on the planet. With a little time to train it’s only a matter of time before we see that #199 Honda on the podium.
As we head to Ballance MotoX for round 3 of the ATVA MX Nationals it looks as though Team Media Allstars is hitting their stride. If you’ve not had a chance to stop by our pits yet…please take the time to do so. With awesome displays from Lonestar Racing and 1/12 scale trophy trucks from HPI to test out, we’ve got something for everyone. Until then here is a look at how our team faired in Alabama.
Overall Wins: 1
Moto Wins: 4
Moto Podiums: 12
Overall Podiums: 7
Overall Top 5s: 11
Thanks to all our 2011 sponsors: Lonestar Racing, Morehead Motorsports, HPI, MotoXperts, Maxxis tires, Maxima, Yoshimura, Oury Grips, Fox Shox, Rath Racing, DWT, One Industries, Six Six One, Tag, Sunline, G4 graphics, Idol Speed, Precision Racing Products, Quad Tech, Maier Mfg, TGN, Hinson Racing, Suzuki City, Uni Filters, Smith Optics, Powermadd