& Grayson Eller Shine at Unadilla MX
Maxxis /Elka / Liquid
Wrench / Honda Amateur ATV Team Report
Salisbury, NC (7/21/2017) - Maxxis/Elka/Liquid
Wrench/Honda’s race team were again at the top
of the charts as the 2017 AMA ATV Motocross National
Championship ran its most recent race at Unadilla
MX in New Berlin, NY. Noah Mickelson notched a
victory and a podium, while Haedyn Mickelson and
Grayson Eller both turned in great performances
at the fast and rough circuit.
Noah Mickelson continued his dominant run in
the 450 A class, sweeping both motos to earn his
sixth win of the season and is within just a handful
of points of clinching the championship. He also
finished second (2-2) in Pro Sport, putting his
points lead there at 42.
Noah Mickelson claimed his 6th 450A Class
“Saturday, the track was really rough,” explained
Mickelson. “The track just held the rain so the
braking bumps were gnarly. It was a tough weekend
with the competition, but I got through it safely.
Sunday the track was a lot drier and not so rough.
We had a good weekend.”
Mickelson credited his team for the efforts they
put forward this season. Leading one class in
points is a big accomplishment, but to lead both
with two races left? That’s huge.
“I couldn't have done it without all the mechanics
at the Maxxis/Elka/Liquid Wrench/Honda team,”
said Mickelson. “This season has treated me very
well and I can't wait to see what the rest of
the year brings.”
Haedyn Mickelson also had a good weekend. After
finishing second in the first Pro Am moto, he
was running in the top three in the second moto
before getting spun out. It took him nearly a
lap to get restarted before finishing 12th for
an overall seventh-place finish.
Design's Haedyn Mickelson
“We had a decent weekend,” said Haedyn Mickelson.
“I was really looking for another podium in Pro
Am, but I got hit coming out of a corner so it
just wasn’t in the cards. I battled hard in that
first moto. We had a really good pace, and we
were running the leader’s lap times.”
In Pro Sport, Mickelson turned in 4-5 for an
overall third-place finish. His fourth podium
of the season puts him second in points behind
his brother Noah.
“The track didn’t really allow for too much passing,”
said Mickelson. “We put on a good battle for four
laps in the first moto before finishing fourth.
I was still frustrated from the second Pro Am
moto and I was a little banged up from my crash
in Millville. So I’m happy to come away with a
Coming off his best weekend of the season, Grayson
Eller put in another solid performance at Unadilla.
He finished fifth in 450 A with 6-5 moto finishes
and he was eighth in Production A (13-6)
Grayson Eller finished Top Five overall
in the 450 A class
“The track was really rough, but I had fun,”
said Eller. “Doug Roll helped us with the shocks
and that was key to handling the brutal track.
It was really a one-line track, but I do think
I’m getting better at coming through the pack.
I’m being more aggressive.”
The Maxxis/Elka/Liquid Wrench/Honda amateur team
will return to action as the ATV Motocross National
Championship next heads to Redbud MX in Buchanan,
MI July 29-30.
2017 Race Team Sponsors
Maxxis, Liquid Wrench, Elka,
Fly, Scott, SSi Decals, DWT, Hinson, Bel Ray,
Sunstar, Works Connection, Sandridge Foods, Impact
Solutions, Fourwerx, Alpinestar, DC Designs, Precision
Racing Products, Rath Racing