Birch Creek Motorsports Park hosted round 5 of the ATVA GNC MX Series this past weekend. The fast, technical track separated the men from the boys. Team Suzuki’s Doug Gust went into round 5 with a slim lead over Honda’s John Natalie and Tim Farr.
John Natalie rocketed out of the starting gate aboard his Honda TRX450R in Sunday’s first Pro moto. Honda’s Tim Farr followed Natalie around turn the first turn. Suzuki’s Doug Gust and Jeremiah Jones chased the two Honda riders. A few laps into the first moto, Gust was lauched off a double jump sideways and crashed hard. The crowd was in complete silence as the reigning MX Champ stayed down for several minutes. Luckily, Gust did not suffer any major injuries. Meanwhile, Jones was determined to make up for his teammate’s demise. Jones rode like a wild man to catch Farr in second. Jones passed Farr out of the finish line turn only for Farr to pass him back over the huge Danville triple jump. The two went side by side through the next downhill where Jones stuck a wheel in on Farr. Farr then pressured him back coming out of the next off chamber turn. The two put on quite an impressive show for several laps before Jones was able to make a pass stick. Jones then set off after Natalie. He was able to put some pressure on Natalie on the last lap, but Natalie hung on to take the win. Farr finished a strong third.
When the gates dropped for the second Pro moto, it was once again a Honda who grabbed the holeshot. This time it was Farr. Yamaha’s Kory Ellis, Jason Luburgh, and Travis Spader edged out Natalie. The track had gotten much rougher for the second moto, but Farr seemed to have it under control. Natalie battled for several laps to get around Spader and Luburgh for the third position. He then set his sights on Ellis. Ellis rode a strong moto until the fifteen-minute mark when he made a major mistake and overshot a corner. Ellis got hung up on a berm, which allowed Natalie to sneak past. Ellis did not give up and continued to pressure Natalie for the remainder of the moto. Meanwhile, Farr cruised to a second moto win.
Natalie took first place overall with his 1-2 moto finishes and stretched his win streak to three in a row. Farr finished second overall with his 3-1 moto finishes, and Jones finished third overall with 2-4.
ATVA GNC MX Series Round 5 Overall Results:
1. John Natalie (Honda/East Coast ATV)
2. Tim Farr (Honda/Baldwin Motorsports/White Brothers/Alloy MX/DG)
3. Jeremiah Jones (Suzuki/Yoshimira)
4. Jason Dunkleberger (Lost Creek Cycles)
5. Travis Spader (Steel City Yamaha/TC Racing)
Natalie’s three race winning streak has earned him the series points lead (117). Farr is a close second (105) and Gust dropped to third overall (95). The series points remain extremely close with seven rounds remaining.
Special thanks to Tim Farr’s associate sponsors: ITP, PEP, Douglas Wheel, Wiseco, DID, Kames Sports Center, Pro Honda Oils & Chemicals, Honda Genuine Parts, Walsh Race Craft, Troy Lee Designs, Hinson Racing, JB Racing, Scott, Sidi, Updog Industries, Quad Tech, Tokyo Mods, PowerMadd, Pro Taper, and State 8.
Next stop: ATVA GNC MX Series – Round 6 – May 1 – Budd’s Creek – Leonardtown, MD
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