Hunter Miller TQRA Round 9 &10 Pro Am Race ReportPosted By: John Pellan | August 16th, 2010
Factory Can Am’s / Louis PowerSports / MillerBrothers Racing
Hunter Miller continues to dominate the Central US premier ATV Racing series with wins proving once again that the Miller DS450 combination is unstoppable.
With Miller proving every race weekend that the Can Am DS 450 machines are a winning package more of the TQRA pros and amateurs are making the switch to the Can AM machines. Past TQRA champion Johnny Hale is now flying the Can Am colors. “The DS 450 is a great machine and I am confident that I can win races with it,” said Hale.
Hunter Miller TQRA Round 9 -10 Race Report By Hunter Miller
Round 9 was held in Stillwater, OK at the famous Cooperland Raceway. The heat index was around the 105 degree mark all weekend. The track dried out very fast and became very dryslick with sharp edged holes all around the track. My Goldspeed tires are ideal for these conditions and held solid traction throughout all the corners giving me a great edge on the competition and deserve credit for key passes made during the weekend resulting in wins for our race team.
photo by Rockstarr & Co.
The expert moto was one of the first races of the day and the track was extremely wet from the track crew. I started the race in second place and immediately was covered in mud. I pulled all my tear offs and rode the race almost blind for 7 laps and finished in second place. In the second moto I started off mid pack and was pushing towards the front. Some bad luck resulted in me finishing 8th in the moto giving me 5th overall for the weekend.
Our first Pro Am Moto I started the race in 3rd place and quickly moved into first place after 1st and 2nd place collided in a corner and I placed my Can Am on the inside of the to riders moving into 1st place. I quickly stretched my lead on the pack and finished the race in first place.
In the second moto my Can Am DS450 pulled great out of the gate and I grabbed the holeshot. After holding off the pack for a 2 laps I began to pull away for a comfortable victory. Fellow Can Am rider Johnny Hale finished 4-3 for 2nd overall for the weekend putting both of the Can Am machines on the podium.
Round 10 of the TQRA series was held at Village Creek MX Park in Ft. Worth, TX. The ATV racers had a much needed break from the heat as this race was held under the lights at Village Creek MX. The night track is very technical and supercross styled. Precision timing and machine control is needed on the track. Wayne Morradian, founder of PEP Suspension, helped me set up my DS 450 shocks to perform perfectly on this tight track. I was able to attack the very treacherous whoop section faster than any other racer that weekend and is the main location on the track I made all my passes. My machine was handling great all weekend and allowed me to ride smooth and consistent.
The first expert moto was the only moto that was held while it was still slightly daylight. I got off to a second place start, but a second turn tangle up put me back to fourth. I quickly moved into the second spot and began trying to chase down the leader. There was a very difficult whoop section on the track where I was able to make up large amounts of time. Around the half-way point I caught up to the first place rider. I waited patiently to get to the whoop section where I knew I could make a clean pass. From there I pulled away to win the first moto of the day.
The second expert moto was almost an exact replica of the first moto. I was off to a second place start, but this time I stayed out of trouble through the first two turns. Once again, I waited patiently for a clean spot to pass. On the second lap, I was able to make a pass in the whoops and pull away to the win.
In the first pro-am moto, I got off to a fourth place start. After some major bumping in the first two turns, I was able to move into second place. I rode smooth and waited for a good passing opportunity. Once again I was able to make a pass in the whoops and pull away for the win. The second pro-am moto was a repeat of the first. This time I started second and made a pass for the lead in the whoops. From that point I pulled away again for my fourth moto win of the day.
Going into the last two rounds of the TQRA series points are tight in both the Expert and Pro Am class. I am currently in the lead in the both the Expert and the Pro Am classes. I am confident that we have a winning combination and I am ready to bring home a championship for Can Am!