Published on March 29th, 2012 | by Joe0
Team Media Allstars kicks off the 2012 ATVA MX National season
Team Media Allstars kicked off the 2012 ATVA MX National season over the weekend at Aonia Pass MX in Washington, GA. After the normal scramble for parts and many late nights the week of the race building bikes and pit set ups the gates finally dropped Saturday morning. Defending the Team of the Year trophy will be no small feat but one glance at the team’s presence both on the track and in the pits and it’s easy to see its priority number one for Team Media Allstars this season.
Last season’s success led to an onslaught of resumes during the off season. Sometimes it’s really hard to sort through and pick out riders that can perform on the track but also have the type of personality to be part of a team atmosphere. After his performance at Aonia we feel it’s pretty safe to say we picked the right guy! It was nothing but sweet Musick (Brett Musick) on the podium all weekend long. Brett dominated his first national on a 450 after moving up from the 90 mod class a year ago. The #209 LSR Honda rocketed out of the gate pulling holeshots in all 4 of his motos and took home wins in all 4 motos, not bad for a rookie. Another rider that turned heads was the #03 of Brandon Benlien. Brandon earned 2nd place finishes right behind his teammate (Brett Musick) in both 450B and Production B. Brandon came on strong at the end of 2011 winning Production B at the Loretta Lynn event and it looks like that momentum has carried over to 2012. Making the move up to the Pro-Am ranks can sometimes be a daunting task, but Jake McGraw #83 showed everyone that he’s got the speed to run with the big boys. Jake fought hard for 6 laps in moto 1 of Pro-Am Unlimited to earn a 4th place. Carburetor issues would hinder his performance in the second moto as he finished in 11th which was still good enough for a 10th place. Jake also had similar issues in his Production A moto 1 on Saturday forcing him to finish 18th. Sunday’s main event saw McGraw’s MotoXperts Suzuki rocket out off the gate into 3rd place where he would remain for the entire moto giving him a combined score of 18-3 and 8th overall. Also moving up a class this season was 2011 4-stroke B Champ Dylan Tremellen #940. Dylan showed he’s more than ready as he went 2-2 in the 4-stroke A class for 2nd overall. Calen McGinty #33 earned a confidence booster as he placed 3rd overall in the Open A class after being the runner up in the Production B class just a year ago. Josh Holley #7 dominated the 70 CVT class from the mid point of the 2011 season on last year, but this season decided it was time to start shifting a little. Josh did really well in the 90 modified (8-11) class going 7-7 for 8th place. It’s not going to be long before he finds his way onto the podium again. Ryan Wheeler #52 earned a nice 5th place finish in the 450B class as he rode smart and smooth all weekend long. Also putting in consistent performances over the weekend were Dale #671 and Mark Batson #636. Dale went 9-8 for 8th in the 30+ A and Mark scored 10-11 for 10th in the same class. Some team riders didn’t exactly have the opening round they had hoped for as Dan Hoisington, Chase Cunningham, Josh Rager, Nick Lepkoske and Matthew Holley all experienced either mechanical issues or took soil samples of the Red Georgia Clay. All are talented riders and will no doubt bounce back in a few weeks as the series heads to the hills of east Tennessee and Muddy Creek Raceway.
Team Media Allstars weekend stats:
Moto Wins: 5
Moto Podiums: 17
Overall Podiums: 6
Top 5s: 7