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Maxxis / Elka's Grayson Eller & Mickelson Brothers Win at Eagle River UTV/ATV Derby

Salisbury, NC (8/25/2017) - Maxxis/Elka/Liquid Wrench/Honda’s amateur race team aren’t resting on their laurels and were back racing…and winning…during the World Championship UTV/ATV Derby at the Eagle River Derby Track. Brothers Noah and Haedyn Mickelson, along with teammate Grayson Eller all recorded wins during the special event in Northern Wisconsin.

The facility, which is usually used for snocross and snowmobile oval racing in the winter was transformed for the special UTV and ATV event. Noah Mickelson and Haedyn Mickelson finished first and second in the Pro class.

“In the main, Noah took the holeshot and I came out fourth,” said Haedyn Mickelson. “The track was really tight, and Noah pulled a big gap. I was battling for third place for almost have the race. As soon as the cross flags came out, I took third. By that time, Noah had a massive lead. I tried to put in a little bit of a charge, but it was hard to make up a lot of ground with the number of lappers. I was a really fun race. Noah took the win and I ended up second.”

In Pro-Am, the roles were reversed as the brothers split the motos, and Haedyn took the overall victory. The brothers had fun pushing each other during the events.

“In the first moto, I pulled holeshot and led the whole thing and, in the second moto, he pulled the start and led the entire race,” said Haedyn Mickelson. “We were pushing each other the entire time. He was right on me and I was right on him. It was a fun race.”

Eller took the overall win in the 450 A, Production A, and Pro Sport class to secure three titles at the event. He said it was nice to be back racing so soon after the end of the AMA ATV Motocross Championship season.

“It was fun to go up there and do a local event,” said Eller. “This helped us get some exposure. I had some good competition. I got to practice some starts, and I got the win.”

The trio of amateurs will now spend the off-season competing in GNCC events. Haedyn Mickelson will return to the 4X4 A class, where he scored a runner-up finish before the summer break.

“My plan is to race the last four rounds of GNCC on the utility quad,” said Mickelson. “I’m hoping to pick up where I left off. I’m looking forward to get back into the 4X4 racing. That second place was really cool and I know I can do that again. Those guys are pretty insane on the woods on those things, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Look for the Maxxis/Elka/Liquid Wrench/Honda amateurs as the GNCC Series returns from the summer break September 9-10 at Unadilla MX in New Berlin, NY.

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

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