Bel-Ray Weekend Wrap UpTuesday, August 14, 2012 | 11:20 AM
AMA National Motocross
Round 9 of the 2012 National Motocross series took place in the northeast town of Southwick, Massachusetts on Saturday. Rain fell all day on Friday leading up to the event, making the difficult Southwick track even more demanding. The only sand track on the circuit, Southwick is a challenging event for the racers and mechanics as well. Despite a forecast for rains much of the day, early showers led way to sunny and humid conditions.
In 450 class racing, Bel-Ray backed Chaparral Honda racer Andrew Short responded to the tough conditions with a solid 8th place overall finish with 5-11 moto scores. Following Short in 21st overall was Dodge Motorsports / Hart and Huntington racer Josh Hill. Hill missed the entire Supercross season due to injury and has been racing himself back into competition at the last couple of nationals this season. A first moto 16th was ruined by a DNF in the second moto after a collision with another racer forced him out of the competition. Bel-Ray Elite racers Derek Anderson and Dakota Kessler also qualified for the racing program, with Anderson finishing 24th and Kessler 36th overall.
In 250 class competition, the Bel-Ray backed Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki team scored mixed results with all three riders having one good and one bad moto. Despite the difficulty, they all finished inside the top twenty overall with Jason Anderson leading the way in 12th, followed by Blake Wharton in 14th and Martin Davalos in 20th. Another Bel-Ray racer, AJ Catanzaro, riding for Reed and Reese racing, was 23rd overall in this highly competitive class.
Jessica Patterson left Southwick maintaining the championship points lead. Patterson was 2nd in both motos for 2nd overall just behind her championship rival, Ashley Fiolek with only one round left in the championship series. Patterson will take a 5 point lead into the final round in Lake Elsinore California on September 8th for a winner takes it all final. The men’s series continues this weekend in New Berlin, NY at the Unadilla National while the women’s series takes a couple of weeks off until the final round in September.
The series finale for the 2012 ATV National Motocross series took place this weekend in Hurricane Mills Tennessee. In the AMA Pro ATV class, Bel-Ray supported Baldwin Motorsports racer Josh Upperman put in another consistent finish to earn a fifth place overall finish. Upperman only finished out of the top 5 in two motos all season long. These strong finishes allowed him a fourth place overall finish in the final championship series. In other ATV class racing, Bel-Ray Elite racer Travis Spader won the overall championship in three different classes. Spader will hold the #1 plate next year in the Open A, Junior 25 Plus and Veteran 30+ classes. Congratulations Travis!
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