The Lucas Oil/AMA Pro Motocross Series made a visit to the scenic Pacific Northwest region this weekend for Round 9 at Washougal MX Park just outside of Portland, Oregon. Always a popular stop on the circuit, Washougal is known as one of the most picturesque tracks in the United States, with rolling hills and lush green trees lining the course. Unfortunately, rain showers rolled into the area on race day and created overtly slick and treacherous conditions for the riders.
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Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota hosted Round 8 of the Lucas Oil/AMA Pro Motocross series this weekend. The legendary facility is owned and operated by the Martin family, and is built in the backyard of the family’s house that our own Alex Martin grew up in. With lots of local attention on Martin, our pit area was packed with fans throughout the entire weekend, beginning on Thursday during Press Day. We were returning to action in Millville after a weekend off, so Luke Renzland, Killy Rusk and Martin were all eager to hit the ground running after the extended break.
Round 7 of the Lucas Oil/AMA Pro Motocross ran alongside America’s birthday over 4th of July weekend at Red Bud MX in Buchanan, Michigan. Another classic venue for American Motocross, the Red Bud fans were as enthusiastic as always and cheered the riders on from the fence lines throughout the entire day of racing.
Budds Creek MX, just outside of Washington, D.C. hosted Round 6 of the Lucas Oil/AMA Pro Motocross Series this weekend. One of the more popular tracks on the circuit and host of the 2007 Motocross of Nations, Budds Creek offers hallowed ground when it comes to the history of Pro Motocross. Unfortunately torrential rainstorms plagued the area in the days leading up to the race, making for a muddy and challenging track. Killy Rusk missed the action due to some nagging injuries, but 250 riders Alex Martin and Luke Renzland would carry the flag for the team.
The Lucas Oil/AMA Pro Motocross Series made its way to the Northeast for Round 5 at High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania. One of the more iconic and rider-favored tracks on the circuit, High Point has held an AMA Outdoor National for the last 39 years. After two weeks of tough results and bad luck, 250 Rider Alex Martin looked to turn things around this weekend and return to the form that landed him on the podium at the Glen Helen National just a few weeks ago.
The Lucas Oil/AMA Pro Motocross Series rolled into the Southeast US this weekend with Round 4 at Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tennessee. After a tough weekend in Colorado for Alex Martin and Killy Rusk, both riders looked to bounce back in front of the passionate and rowdy crowd. Luke Renzland continues to build in progression during his rookie MX campaign, and felt somewhat at home racing in Tennessee not far from his current residence in Florida.
Round 3 of the Lucas Oil/AMA Pro Motocross Series took place just outside of Downtown Denver, Colorado at the Thunder Valley Raceway. Born and raised in Durango, Colorado, Killy Rusk was given the full local treatment throughout the weekend. Racing at higher altitudes always presents unique challenges, and the Thunder Valley track was expected to be one of the most difficult races of the season.
The Lucas Oil/AMA Pro Motocross Series made its way south, down the 15 Freeway for Round 2 of the Series at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California. Another iconic track on the circuit, the hills of Glen Helen were primed and ready for another great day of racing, with unseasonably rainy weather making the dirt much softer than usual. In addition to the normal program, FMF Racing added a special 2-Stroke Invitational Race to Saturday’s schedule.
Last weekend we had round 4 of the WMX at Hangtown in Sacramento CA. It was the first round along side the AMA outdoors which was great.
The 2015 Lucas Oil/AMA Pro Motocross series kicked off this weekend with the legendary Hangtown Motocross Classic just outside of Sacramento, California. 250 MX rider Alex Martin looked to continue his strong year after numerous impressive performances throughout the 2015 Supercross season, and Luke Renzland was touted as one of the top rookies coming in to his first full Pro Motocross season. The team also welcomed its new 450 addition, Killy Rusk, to the races. The popular Colorado native is adapting to his new race bike quickly.
CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha is excited to announce the addition of Kellian “Killy” Rusk to the team for the 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series. The Colorado native will compete in the 450 MX Class beside his 250 MX teammates Alex Martin and Luke Renzland, while both Josh Hill and Gregory Gehrer remain sidelined with injuries. 2014 was Rusk’s first year racing the full Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross series in the 450 MX Class and he finished 19th Overall.
The 17th and final round of the 2015 Monster Energy/AMA Supercross series took place over the weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada. 35,241 fans turned out for the finale at Sam Boyd Stadium, home of the UNLV football program. Both regions of the 250 SX Class were set to clash for the first time this year in the annual Dave Coombs Sr. 250 SX East/West Shootout!
For the second year in a row, the Monster Energy/AMA Supercross series made a visit to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, located just outside the Big Apple. Round 16 was a historic event for the sport of Supercross as the race aired live on FOX for the first time and received over 54 Million live viewers nationwide! 60,582 fans additionally turned out to watch in person. The exciting broadcast on FOX brought additional changes to the program as racing got underway much earlier than normal with a 3PM EST start time.
There will be a special homecoming and meaningful tribute for Supercross rookie Luke Renzland this weekend.
"I'm very excited to come home," the 20-year-old Hewitt native said. "I'm going to be able to see my family, all of my cousins, aunts and uncles. Besides from that, growing up in that local community, there's going to be hundreds of people from my school and from my local area that I grew up racing. I'm going to get to see all these faces I haven't seen in years. I'm definitely looking forward to going to the hometown and seeing all my old friends."
The Monster Energy/AMA Supercross series returned to Northern California this weekend for its first ever stop at the brand new home of the San Francisco 49ers, Levi’s Stadium, in Santa Clara. It was Round 15 of the series and the final stop for the 250 SX West Region. Alex Martin carried back-to-back 5th place finishes into the weekend and looked to close out his impressive 2015 Supercross campaign on a high note. After scoring his first ever podium finish at the Oakland SX earlier in the year, many predicted that the Bay Area would serve friendly to Martin again.
Round 3 was yesterday at Glen Helen. I had much better preparation coming into this race and was starting to feel a lot better on the bike. Practice and qualifying went well. I qualified fastest.
Moto 1, I got a bad start which isn't normal for me. I made some quick passes and by then end of lap 3 I was up to second, but the leader had checked out. I started reeling the leader in when I stalled it. I went back to 6th but with only a lap to go and was only able to get back to 5th. I was disappointed, another silly mistake cost me once again.
The 2015 Monster Energy/AMA Supercross Series resumed this weekend with Round 14 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The West Coast Region of the 250 SX Class returned to the track after an 8-week hiatus and the action picked up right where it left off in San Diego back in February. Alex Martin kept busy during the long break in the series and relocated to the Tallahassee, FL area to train at the hallowed ground of the Carmichael Farm. He looked forward to putting his revised program to the test against the best 250 SX riders in the world in Houston.
Luke Renzland had a head start on most supercross rookies because he was not at all foreign to supercross tracks. A few years back, the New Jersey native took up residence in Florida, and his family built a first-class riding facility, dubbed Dreamland. Anyone who has seen the place will tell you the supercross track there is as good as any.
The 2015 Monster Energy/AMA Supercross Series hit St. Louis, Missouri this weekend for Round 13 of the Series. The Edward Jones Dome, home of the NFL’s St. Louis Rams, hosted this week’s race and 58,552 fans turned out for a glimpse of the top riders in the world. Luke Renzland was forced to sit out last week’s race in Detroit after a practice crash, but returned this weekend recovered and ready to go. Nick Desiderio also attempted to ride after a crash in Detroit, but complications throughout the day kept him out of the Night Program for the most part.
The last 2 weeks have been pretty crazy, we are now 2 rounds into the WMX Championship and so far it's been tough.
Round 1 at Daytona, I went 2-7 for 4th overall. I led the majority of the first moto and got some pretty bad arm pump and wasn't able to hold on. Moto 2 I got to the lead and went down really hard! I got back up and was catching the leaders and went down again. The track in Daytona was DEFINITELY gnarly and I was happy to walk away in one piece!
The CycleTrader/Rock River Yamaha Race team had quite a rough go of things at the Detroit SX this weekend.
Both Luke Renzland and Nick Desiderio had tough crashes during practice that kept them both out of racing the Night Program. Renzland suffered a hematoma on his leg from his crash and Nick Desriderio has a contusion on his chest.
At this point, we expect both riders to make speedy recoveries and return to action this weekend in St. Louis!
The Horton Racing & CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha Amateur MX teams had a good weekend at the James Stewart Spring Championship at Freestone County Raceway located in Wortham, Texas. The competition kicked off Monday, March 16th and lasted through Saturday, March 21st. Horton rider Cole Barbieri dominated the 450 B class taking first in both rounds and overall. He also had an impressive 2nd overall in the 250 B class. Ryan Surratt also took a podium spot with a 3rd overall finish in the 450 A class.
The East Coast swing of the 2015 Monster Energy/AMA Supercross Series continued this weekend with Round 11 at the home of the Indianapolis Colts – Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. This popular stop on the tour drew the largest crowd we have seen thus far this year, 60,491 fans.
The sunny shores of Daytona Beach, Florida hosted Round 10 of the Monster Energy/AMA Supercross this weekend and the race took place on the hallowed grounds of Daytona International Speedway. Always a unique round, the track is constructed on the grass infield of the NASCAR circuit and the race is held alongside various other 2-wheeled events during Daytona Beach’s famous Bike Week. Josh Hill, Luke Renzland, and Nick Desiderio all spent the week in Florida prior to the race in order to prepare for the challenging course that the Daytona SX traditionally presents.
CycleTrader.com and Rock River Power Sports are proud to announce their partnership with the Horton Racing Team for 2015. With deep roots in the sport, Rock River Power Sports has supported both amateur and pro riders for numerous seasons and looks to elevate their involvement in the amateur side of racing via the elite Horton Racing Team. Founded by David & Lexy Horton and based in Cleburne, Texas, the Horton program was established in order to support top-level amateur riders on their journey to the professional ranks.