(N. Kingsville, OH) The AMA ATVA Pro MX riders could not ask for better weather going into round six held at Steel City Raceway. The Sunday morning qualifier placed Upperman in the eighth gate pick. At the start of moto one it was fellow Honda rider Harold Goodman grabbing the holeshot with the #20 in the 6th position, but not for long. Upperman felt good, the bike was running great and it was just a matter of time when Josh found himself in a heated battle for the third place position with veteran Suzuki rider, Doug Gust who wasn’t giving up and kept slamming the door on the #20. While this was going on, it was another fellow Honda rider, Joe Byrd making his way up the pack and now wanting the third spot too. All three would battle for position going into an up hill triple double. Byrd would prevail, putting Josh back to fifth place with a lap and a half to go. At the wave of the checked flag to end moto one, Upperman would have to settle for the fifth spot.
With Pro-Am riders on the track and ten minutes before the start of Pro moto 2, clouds of rain, thunder, and lightening rolled in. Team manager Mark Baldwin would make some quick, minor changes to the quad. The track was getting slick and mud was unavoidable. When the gates dropped, it was Harold Goodman to take his second holeshot of the day followed by Kawasaki rider Josh Creamer and third would be Upperman. It did not take long before the front-runners would swap positions. Creamer would take over the top spot with the #20 passing Goodman taking over the second. Upperman not thrilled with racing in rain put on one of the most impressive rides of his pro career. Creamer had a four second lead, rain was coming down, and several riders were out of tear-offs and removing their goggles. Josh was in good shape and coming on incredibly strong, making no mistakes and gaining on the Kawasaki. With three laps remaining and a nineteen-second command over the remaining field, Upperman was on the bumper of Creamer, challenging for the lead. Josh fought hard by jumping all jumps that most were rolling over due to track conditions and not getting the necessary speed. This was a nail biter for both teams and spectators as they watched these two riders battle to the very end. Edged out at the wave of the flag, Josh Upperman takes second in moto two, and third place overall for the weekend. Josh not only thanked his sponsors but long time friend and KTM manager, Tim Farr for some “racing in mud and rain” advice before the start of moto two.
Thank You 2009 Sponsors: American Honda, Baldwin Motorsports, PEP, JB Racing, Fly Racing, Dunlop, Rath Racing, Precision Racing Products, Hinson Clutch Components, Wiseco, DWT, Quad Tech, Fasst Co., Pro-Design, Works Connection, Honda Pro Oil & Chemicals, Honda Genuine Parts, Throttle Jockey, State 8, PowerMadd, RPM, Sidi, VP Race Fuels, Scott Goggle, Six Six One, CV 4 Products, Ancra.
ROUND SEVEN – June 13 – 14 Unadilla Valley Sports Center new Berlin, NY
2009 AMA ATV Motocross Championship Pro Point Standings
1 - JOE BYRD - 231
2 - DUSTIN WIMMER - 206
3 - CHAD WIENEN - 204
4 - JOSH CREAMER - 203
5- JOSH UPPERMAN - 173