Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Josh Creamer claimed his third victory in a row at Muddy Creek in Blountville, Tennessee, on Sunday.
No stranger to the top spot on the podium, Creamer's 2-2 moto finishes earned him the overall and more valuable championship points to keep him on top of the AMA ATV Motocross series.
Back-to-back champion Dustin Wimmer raced his way to the win in the second moto and took third place overall, and he's firmly in second place in overall points.
"It feels pretty awesome to win three in a row," Creamer said after the race. "It went well for me this weekend, and I didn't have the best of luck after a rough practice earlier in the week, but we still pulled it out and I’m really happy right now."
Dustin Wimmer and his QuadRacer R450 set the pace for the day with the fastest qualifying time Sunday morning. At the drop of the gate in the first moto, Wimmer was looking for a win. As he carved his way toward the front of the pack, another racer lost his engine mid-air and hampered Wimmer's race effort. After the incident, Wimmer regrouped and led a charge, making it up to seventh place by the end of the moto.
"I'm sore right now," Wimmer said after the race, "but other than that it's just bad luck again."
Creamer's Moto 1 was a different story as he methodically passed other racers to put himself in second place, where he stayed until the end of the moto. Though this is Creamer's first year aboard the QuadRacer R450, it's clear that he's extremely comfortable with his race quad.
The QuadRacer R450's immediate throttle response along with the light weight of the machine make it easy to maneuver on the track and around competitors; Creamer has been making a habit of getting to the front of the pack at every race so far in 2010.
"I didn't know if I was going to be able to pull off being so successful in my first year on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team, but I was hoping this is how it would go," Creamer said. "The QuadRacer R450 is great and it's no wonder this bike has multiple championships already. As long as the rider puts in the work, the machine is dialed in and ready to race."
In Moto 2, Wimmer was even hungrier for the win and wanted to make up for the first moto. With the drop of the gate, Wimmer pushed the throttle of his R450 and took off. He was a man on a mission, and showed the other racers and the crowd that he's the champion for a reason.
Wimmer used the torque his QuadRacer R450 has on tap to push his way past everyone else on the track until he saw the finish line. Wimmer easily took the second moto win at Muddy Creek, making it his fifth moto win of the season, and he took third overall for the day. Wimmer is now only 20 points out of the lead in the championship.
"I went into Moto 2 and I was really angry," Wimmer said. "I felt like I had the win in Moto 1, like that win was mine, but I just had bad luck again this weekend. I just capitalized on Moto 2 and now we have to move forward. I'm looking forward to Pleasure Valley because it's wide open, and it fits my style of riding."
Creamer took the holeshot in Moto 2, and battled to keep his position. Despite his teammate passing him, Creamer wasn't about to let anyone else by. He held on to his second-place position until the end of the moto, and found himself in the winner's circle at the end of the day.
His 2-2 moto finishes put him on top of the podium, where he’s been more often than not in the 2010 season. Creamer is leading the series with 313 points and shows no signs of slowing down.
Round 8 of the AMA ATV Motocross Championship takes place at Pleasure Valley Raceway in Armagh, Pennsylvania, on July 3-4.