Chad Wienen made history at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee over the weekend, clinching his first-ever AMA Pro ATV championship. The win gave Factory Yamaha its first-ever title in the Pro ATVMX division. Saturday’s finale of the 2012 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series boasted some of the most exciting race-battles of the year.
Wienen opened the 2012 season with a big win for his all-new Wienen Motorsports/SSi Decals/Walsh Race Craft/Yamaha team. Wienen had ended the 2011 racing season with a serious back injury that kept him out of the last four races. Wienen gathered wins at six of the ten events in the AMA Pro ATV series.
“This last year to date I was out with a serious injury and I made up my mind that I was going to come back and give everything to win a championship in 2012,” Wienen said. “It’s been a long time coming. Everybody has to pay their dues-some more than others-and I’m just fortunate to have this opportunity to come back and do this.”
Natalie eeked out a fourth place finish in Moto 1 and went on to win Moto 2. Natalie earned 4-1 scores, but it wasn’t enough to keep Wienen from taking the 2012 championship title. With 3-4 finishes, Wienen took a consistent approach to finish third overall.
“Obviously another championship would have been nice, but I’m really happy with today’s win,” Natalie said. “I’m just lucky to be able to leave here healthy and enjoy time with my wife and daughter.”
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