Joel Hetrick Extends
Points Lead at Red Bud MX
Rockford Fosgate /
TiLube / Honda ATV Team Report
Salisbury, NC (7/26/2018) - Rockford
Fosgate / TiLube / Honda’s Joel Hetrick finished
second overall during the AMA Pro ATV Motocross
National Championship race at RedBud MX in Buchanan,
MI. The podium effort allowed him to extend his
lead in the championship to 10 points. Teammate
Haedyn Mickelson equaled his best finish of eighth
in the Pro race and he is now at the top of the
rookie of the year standings.
Fosgate/TiLube/Honda's Joel Hetrick goes
2-2 at Red Bud MX to extend his points lead
to 10 points heading into the final round
Rain on and off all weekend challenged Hetrick.
After winning the Top Qualifier Award, Hetrick
snagged the holeshot in the first moto and finished
second. At the beginning of the second moto, heavy
rain hit the track. After contact with another
rider, Hetrick made it back up to second, but
with standing water on the track, he wisely stayed
in position and didn’t attempt a challenge on
“It was so wet with water standing everywhere
and I didn’t want to chance it, so I stayed in
second,” said Hetrick. “I just wanted to finish
the race. I rode smart and I maintained.”
Fosgate/TiLube/Honda's Joel Hetrick grabbed
RedBud is notorious for its rough conditions
in the rain. Hetrick navigated the deep ruts with
help from his Maxxis Tires and Elka Suspension
tuned by Jay Gobel.
“Jay Gobel with Impact Solutions had the Elka
Suspension working great,” said Hetrick. “It rained
all weekend and that tore up the RedBud track.
It quickly deteriorates in the rain and became
one of the gnarliest tracks yet.”
Fosgate/TiLube/Honda's Joel Hetrick
Hetrick leaves RedBud with a 10-point lead in
the championship with just one race left. He needs
to finish third in both motos at the final race
to secure his second consecutive championship.
Hetrick is making sure he does everything to prepare
for the next race at the Loretta Lynn Ranch.
“The main goal of the weekend was to try to maintain
or gain a point or two and we did that,” said
Hetrick. “We’ll keep training and riding. I’m
racing for the championship right now. It’s still
tight and we have a lot of racing left so it’s
going to be interesting.”
Mickelson made some early passes in the first
moto, and he finished 10th. In the second moto,
he navigated the mud and rain to finish eighth
and score an eighth overall, equaling his best
finish, earned at the last event.
“It was cool to be able to match my best finish;
we’re showing some consistency,” said Mickelson.
“The track was really rough and that made it hard
on us, and the second moto was a mudder. My plan
was to try not to make any mistakes and second
moto went really well given the conditions.”
Hetrick and Mickelson will be back in action
when the Rockford Fosgate/TiLube/Honda team heads
to season finale at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in
Hurricane Mills, TN August 11-12.