by Off-Road Hub Mag | Posted on Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

ITP was honored to once again be heavily involved in the ATV MX National Championship Series. The 2011 season was filled with stellar performances and countless compelling stories. And participation numbers were impressive considering the country’s economic issues, with over 700 entrants at the season finale at Loretta Lynn’s in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

Likewise, ITP is honored to recognize the success of its top riders. Whether they chose ITP’s Holeshot or QuadCross lines of tires or T-9 Pro Series wheels, these riders demonstrated the talent and commitment it takes to set themselves apart from the competition.

For example, Jeffrey Rastrelli of Palm City, Florida, came out on top of an extremely hard-fought Pro Am Unlimited championship battle. He captured four overall wins in the series’ 11 events, and was in the top three at every race but one. Rastrelli also competed in the Pro Am Production class and finished the season with fourth place in the points, taking one victory and five podiums along the way.

Claiming another title for ITP was Heather Byrd, from Grant, Michigan. Byrd became the Women’s class National Champion by grabbing seven overall victories, including five in a row to finish the season. She missed the podium only one time all year.

Riverview, Florida’s, Brian Johnson took an overall win and two runner-up finishes in the Production A division, which helped him place third overall in the final point standings.

Cody Janssen scored points in four different classes during the MX National season, even though he only attended a couple of events. He was on fire at the RedBud National in Buchanan, Michigan, in July. The Kaukauna, Wisconsin, native went 1-1 in both motos of both the Production A and College 16-24 classes to snare two overall wins on the day. He was also top-five in the Pro Am Unlimited class. Janssen devoted most of his 2011 efforts to Wisconsin-based racing, where he grabbed the holeshot in 179 of 184 gate drops and tallied an astonishing 92 overall victories. He relied on ITP QuadCross MX PRO LITE front and rear tires throughout.

It’s unlikely that any rider put in more total laps during the National calendar than young Jordan Digby. Traveling to every round from Fulton, Mississippi, Digby finished top-seven for the series in three classes: 90cc Automatic Jr. (8-11 yrs.), 70cc Modified (6-11 yrs.) and 70cc SS (6-11 yrs.). He had the most success in the latter, taking two overall wins and finishing the season third in class points.

Congratulations to these riders and their supporters, and to everyone who put in the time and effort to chase a championship dream. We hope to see you again in 2012!

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