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.
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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 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 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 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.
The Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta hosted the second of two rounds of Monster Energy/AMA Supercross with Round 9 of the Series this weekend. Attendance was up by a few thousand spectators as compared to the previous weekend with 55,537 cheering on the riders at the special edition “Retro SX.” We were joined by some members of the CycleTrader.com corporate team this weekend, and showed them around throughout the day.
Round 8 of the 2015 Monster Energy/AMA Supercross Series took us to Atlanta, Georgia for the first of two back-to-back races at the Georgia Dome. Always a popular stop on the tour, the Atlanta races serve as a ‘home race’ for the team, as most of our operations are based just up I-75 in Acworth, Georgia. The pit party was buzzing and 51,023 fans made their way to the home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons on Saturday.
The Monster Energy/AMA Supercross Series shifted to East Coast soil this weekend with Round 7 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. 54,931 fans were on hand to watch the racing action in the world famous home of the Dallas Cowboys.
CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha’s Alex Martin has some big time fans in Sarah Schepler and Resi Stiegler of the US ski team. Sarah will compete in both Giant Slalom and Slalom events at The World Championship Ski Races at Beaver Creek, Colorado, being only the 3rd time this prestigious event held on US soil. She does a great fun impression of Ryan Dungey podium speeches and is starting her 7-year-old son, Lasse, on the MX journey this summer knowing the benefits of cross training from MX to ski racing.
Round 6 of the Monster Energy/AMA Supercross kicked off this past weekend in San Diego in its new venue—PETCO Park. The race drew a sold-out crowd of 42,017 fans and also hosted a special Military Appreciation Night. The team bikes were outfitted with special edition snow camouflage graphic kits to honor the troops. Numerous service members were on hand for the special evening, and FELD Motorsports did a great job of recognizing our country’s heroes during opening ceremonies.
CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha has added Josh Hill to the team for the remaining 11 rounds of the 2015 Monster Energy/AMA Supercross Series. Hill’s addition is effective immediately, and he will make his team debut this weekend at Round 6 of the series at PETCO Park in San Diego, California. Beginning the year with a privateer effort, Hill has shown real promise in his performances and most recently scored a 10th Overall finish at Anaheim 3 this past weekend.
The Monster Energy/AMA Supercross series completed the last of three races at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California this weekend with Round 6 of the circuit. 43,441 spectators were on hand to witness another great race in the unofficial home of Supercross. Coming off last weekend with a career-best finish (3rd in Oakland), Alex Martin looked to continue his early season momentum and strong position in the overall points. The Feld Motorsports Track Crew added a unique feature this weekend in Anaheim; an elevated start pad that rose the starting gate roughly 8 feet above the stadium floor.
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.
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.