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.
Race News & Updates
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.
The 2014 Lucas Oil/AMA Outdoor National series kicked off at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California this weekend in front of a reported crowd of over 27,000 fans. Both Ben LaMay and Alex Martin are coming into the series healthy, and looking forward to taking their racing outdoors for the Summer. The Glen Helen round is back on the schedule for the first time since 2009, and has since been updated with a few new jump sections to go along with their world famous hills.
The Cycle Trader.com Rock River Yamaha team ended the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross Championship with a bang by putting all three active riders in the mains, a record for the team, with each rider posting (or matching, in Alex Martin’s case) their best finish of the entire season. By itself it was a fantastic night, but to understand how meaningful those results truly are, you have to know the team’s story.
Saturday, May 3rd ended the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 2014 season. The year started with both a bang, adding CycleTrader.com as the title sponsor, and with dismay, after Ben Lamay crashed during 450SX practice causing serious injury right before Week 1 in Anaheim, CA. Ben Lamay would recover and return to racing later in the season.
Las Vegas Supercross Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada played host to the grand finale of the 2014 Monster Energy/AMA Supercross Series this past weekend. A sell-‐out crowd of 35,509 fans were on hand to take in the action, and there was an excitement throughout the pits in anticipation of the last race of the year. The track had the traditional Las Vegas SX layout, taking the riders outside of the stadium with a high-‐ speed sweeper turn and ski jump section.
It was the one we’ve all been waiting for, the East Rutherford Supercross from MetLife Stadium was finally upon us this past weekend. The year long media frenzy seemed to have done it’s job as the round recorded the second largest attendance we’ve seen thus far this season at 62,217; second only to the Atlanta SX.
The Pacific Northwest was the place to be this weekend as the Monster Energy/AMA Supercross Series traveled to Seattle, Washington for round 15. CenturyLink Field; home of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks packed in 53,927 Supercross fans for the night of racing. In his fourth race back this season, Ben LaMay considers Seattle his “Home SX,” as this round is closest to his native Alaska. He came into the weekend looking to better his season best result of 16th overall.
Houston SX In the second visit to the Lone Star State of the season, the Monster Energy/AMA Supercross Series hit Houston, TX this weekend for round 14. Reliant Stadium, home of the NFL’s Houston Texans housed the 49,759 fans on hand for the night of racing. Our only rider for the weekend, Ben LaMay came into the weekend feeling strong after his 16th place finish the previous week in his first Main Event of the season in St. Louis.
The Monster Energy/AMA Supercross tour continued this weekend as we landed in St. Louis, Missouri for round 13. A big crowd of 60,213 fans were in attendance at the Edward Jones Dome, a new record for this particular round and the second biggest showing of this season. We welcome Ben LaMay back this weekend, joining 250 Class teammate Alex Martin. Martin came into St. Louis looking for his 3rd top 10 finish in a row, and to maintain his favorable 10th position in the 250 Class overall points standings.