Yamaha’s Chad Reed up on the box for Unbound in AMA Motocross class while Suzuki’s Broc Helpler returns to action in AMA Lites class and makes podium as well
CARLSBAD, Calif., (June 19, 2006) – Coming off a huge weekend two Sunday’s ago in Southwick, Mass., Unbound Energy-backed racers continued to put up impressive numbers on the AMA Outdoor National motocross series circuit, this past weekend in Budds Creek (Md.) seeing two of its racers – Chad Reed & Broc Hepler - on the podium with another one – Nick Wey - just off in the box in 4th place.
Opening up in the Motocross class, Yamaha’s Chad Reed kept defending champion Ricky Carmichael in his sights, leading the second moto early and bringing his YZ450F in for a solid 2-2 finish on the day.
Also charging hard and putting up his best numbers of the young
Nationals season was Unbound/MDK Motorsports’ Nick Wey. Wey actually tied Kevin Windham for third place overall, but lost the podium spot because Windham scored better (3rd vs. 4th) in the second moto. Still, Wey was pumped with his performance.
“Definitely the best results I’ve had outdoors this year,” said
Wey. “Moved up in the overall points in a big way and now it’s
home to Michigan to race RedBud in a couple weeks.”
Wey actually jumped from 5th to 3rd overall in the Motocross class
Rounding out the Motocross class was Tim “Red Dog” Ferry and Josh Summey of the Unbound/Moto XXX team. Ferry, who put up his second straight top ten performance, bettered his 7th place overall finish at Southwick last week with a 6th at Budds Creek on Sunday - going 7-7 in the two motos. And Summey continues to impress, finishing 8th overall at Budds with a couple top ten finishes in both motos (9-9). Summey is in 9th place in the overall standings.
In the Lites class Unbound welcomed the return of Broc Hepler. The
Suzuki racer had been on the sidelines since injuring his ankle prior
to the supercross season and this was his first race back in six
months. Hepler’s patience paid off as the Pennsylvania native took
it to the Budds Creek track, going 2-6 to capture 2nd overall ahead
of Josh Grant.
“Felt really good to get back and race a National,” said Hepler.
“I trained hard during my time off to get myself back in shape to
run two motos and, though my fitness level isn’t where I want it to
be quite yet, I felt strong and the ankle held up really well. I know
it’s a long shot for me to make the overall podium, so my goal from
here on out is to rack up as many podium finishes as possible and put myself in a position to win some races in the coming months.”
All of the Unbound Energy-backed athletes returns to action for Round Five of the 2006 Toyota AMA Motocross Championship at RedBud in Buchanan, Mich. (July 2nd).