Round 4 of the Monster Energy/AMA Supercross series took us to Oakland, California and the home of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders – the O.Co Coliseum. 47,671 fans made their way through the turnstiles and witnessed a historical night for the entire CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha team as Alex Martin recorded a career best finish, a 3rd Overall in the 250 SX Main Event! Martin has elevated his racing to the next level in his second full season with the team, and we are more proud than ever to have him as a part of our program.
Race News & Updates
The Monster Energy/AMA Supercross Series landed back in Anaheim, California this weekend for Round 3 at Angel Stadium. Another impressive crowd of 40,718 fans came out to witness the racing at the “Capitol of Supercross,” and what promised to be another action-packed Saturday at the races. 450 Class rider Ben LaMay looked to turn his bad luck from the first two rounds into a positive night by earning his way into the Main Event. Alex Martin, also coming off a rough weekend in Phoenix, hoped to get back his stride and pick up where he left off from Round 1 at Angel Stadium.
Chase Field in downtown Phoenix, Arizona played host to Round 2 of the Monster Energy/AMA Supercross Series this weekend with 49,672 fans in attendance. 450 SX rider Ben LaMay was looking to improve upon his Round 1 performance after some bad luck left him out of the Main Event. 250 SX contender Alex Martin rolled into Phoenix sitting in 8th position in the season point standings, and hoped to have another strong performance in the highly touted West Division class.
The 2015 Monster Energy/AMA Supercross Series kicked off in traditional fashion in front of a sold out crowd in Anaheim, California! For the 5th year in a row, a crowd of 45,050 fans was on hand to witness the first stop of the 17-round circuit. 450 SX Rider Ben LaMay and 250 West SX Rider Alex Martin both looked to successfully kick of the year after a long offseason of grueling preparation and testing.
The CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha team conducted their Team Photo Shoot this week, providing the first glimpse at their 2015 Yamaha race bikes and fresh new gear.
Johnson Creek, Wisconsin – September 8, 2014
Rock River Powersports is very proud to welcome Timmy Badour as the newest addition to the CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha Amateur Support program. The highly touted amateur prospect and Michigan native joins the team after an impressive showing at the 2014 Amateur National Championships at Loretta Lynn’s. Badour finished 2nd Overall in both the 450 B & Two-‐Stroke B/C 16+ classes, while recording an impressive four holeshots out of the six motos he raced.
7 Overall Wins for CycleTrader.com/Rock River Powersports supported Yamaha BluCru riders at the Baja Brawl event at Baja Acres MX in Millington, Michigan
Luke Renzland is part of a new breed of amateurs. Whether they train at a training facility such as MTF, Club MX, GPF, or one of the many others, or have a private facility, these riders begin training for supercross and a professional career at a young age. Renzland, who hails from New Jersey, moved to GPF at a young age so that he could ride in the winter. A few years later, he and his family moved to Florida and brought in Dream Traxx’s Jason Baker to build a beautiful facility. Now 19, Renzland, a muliti-time champion at Loretta’s, will be moving on to supercross in a few months.
Saturday, August 23rd ended the 2014 Lucas Oil/AMA Pro Motocross season. The CycleTrader.com Rock River Yamaha Race team started the series with three riders: Ben Lamay in 450, Alex Martin in 250, & Cody Gragg kicking off his 250 rookie season. Two more Rookie 250 riders were added by the end of the season with Greg Gehrer finally recovering from a year long injury and Luke Renzland arriving after an impressive showing at Loretta Lynn's, winning the 450a Class National Championship.
The 2014 Lucas Oil/AMA Pro Motocross series came to a close this past weekend with round 12 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. After the unfavorable weather last weekend in Indiana, the series hoped to see more friendly conditions for the finale, but Mother Nature surprised us all with heavy rains Friday night before the race. Luckily the Utah soil was able to soak up a good amount of the rain, and the MX Sports staff was able to make what could have been another treacherous racetrack into a mostly dry circuit when it came time for the races.
Indiana was the place to be for Round 11 of the Lucas Oil/AMA Pro Motocross Series. Ironman MX, located just outside of Crawfordsville, Indiana hosted their first Pro National, and the entire industry was excited to finally see the impressive new venue. Unfortunately Mother Nature served an unfriendly hand to the new facility early Saturday morning as the skies opened up and torrential rains moved into the area. What had promised to be a great race on the new track wound up turning into an unexpected full on battle in the mud.
The lush green hills of upstate New York were invaded by the roar of four-‐stroke engines this weekend as Unadilla MX in New Berlin hosted round 10 of the Lucas Oil/AMA Pro Motocross series. The Unadilla faithful came out in droves as the legendary facility celebrated their 45th Anniversary. Etched deep in the history of motocross, Unadilla hosted numerous USGP events throughout the 1980s, and the promoters and staff always provide a top-‐notch track year after year.
Johnson Creek, WI (August 5, 2014) - CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha is proud to announce the addition of Luke Renzland to their team. The 19-year-old New Jersey native capped off his amateur career this past week with a solid performance at the 2014 National Championships at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. He took home the 450 A Class title with 3-1-1 finishes, and went 4-2-2 for 2nd overall in 250 A Class. A long time Yamaha supported rider, Renzland was a part of the Horton Racing/Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha amateur program in 2014.
The 2014 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn's is finally here!
Washougal MX was the venue for Round 9 of the Lucas Oil/AMA Pro Motocross Series this past weekend. Famed for being one of the most scenic tracks on the circuit, the facility is laid out among giant trees and rolling green hills. Only a about 25 miles northeast of downtown Portland, Oregon, the long standing round on the Pro Motocross schedule always provides great racing alongside it’s incredible scenery.
For years, Alex Martin was the golden boy of Millville. Alongside Ryan Dungey, they were the local boys that made it big. Dungey had the higher profile, but he grew up a few hours away. It was Martin whose parents, John and Greta, owned and operated the track. It was Martin who grew up riding the track. It was Martin who made his professional debut here in 2008.
But it was Jeremy, Alex’s younger brother, who got the first win at Millville.
Spring Creek MX in Millville, Minnesota hosted Round 8 of the Lucas Oil/AMA Pro Motocross Series this past weekend. Alex Martin’s family owns the Spring Creek MX facility, and he actually grew up on the beautiful piece of property that houses the world-class racetrack. Martin enjoyed being home for the weekend, and the Millville fans were especially receptive of the local hero.
The Lucas Oil/AMA Pro Motocross Series took to the hills of the Budds Creek MX facility outside of Washington, D.C. this weekend for Round 7. The host of the 2007 Motocross of Nations, Budds Creek is a legendary facility that provides one of the best spectator vantage points on the entire circuit. Alex Martin came into the weekend off of his season best performance the previous week at Red Bud, and looked to log another top 10 result.
The Lucas Oil/AMA Pro Motocross series reached its half way point this weekend with Round 6 at Red Bud Track-N-Trail in Buchanan, Michigan. Red Bud is always a favorite on the schedule for riders and fans alike, and the 4th of July weekend staple was nothing short of spectacular for this year’s race.
Mackenzie Tricker continues to dominate the 2014 AMA Women’s Motocross Championship series by taking an impressive overall victory at this weekend’s Monster Energy Mammoth Mountain Motocross at Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort in Mammoth Lakes, California.
Tricker was strong from the get-go and grabbed the holeshot in each moto, as the Australian motocross star and Yamaha factory rider pulled away to top the Women’s class podium with a perfect 1-1 score.
After a week off from racing, the Lucas Oil/AMA Pro National series started up again this weekend at Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tennessee for Round 5 of the series. Its second year on the schedule, Muddy Creek drew another large crowd of avid motocross fans from throughout the country. The weather was a factor this weekend, as rains from the previous day made for a slick racing surface, and created many of deep ruts as the day wore on.
The Lucas Oil/AMA Outdoor National Series began its East Coast run this weekend in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania for Round 4 on the schedule. Always a favorite for riders and fans alike, the High Point MX facility lived up to its name this weekend, as the predicted rains held off and the track was in prime condition.
The foundation was damaged. Cracks were beginning to show. It’s been nearly one year to the day since Eleven10 Mods folded, leaving Alex Martin without a home. He stood at High Point press day on Thursday, just feet from where he was a season ago, his career in flux. This week, though, things are different.
The Lucas Oil/AMA Outdoor Nationals hit Colorado this weekend for round 3 of the series. Being the first round out of California, all of the riders seemed to enjoy the better traction provided by the loamy Colorado soil. Lap times were just over the 2 minute mark, and the Thunder Valley course looked to provide a great venue for another action packed day of racing.
Round two of the Lucas Oil/AMA Outdoor MX Series took place this weekend at Hangtown MX, just outside of Sacramento, California in front of approximately 25,000 fans. The iconic track has been a long standing round on the Outdoor Motocross Circuit, and is the last of two races that will be held in California this summer.