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.
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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.
Elite & Amatuer racing is a huge part of our culture! The CycleTrader.com Rock River Yamaha Race Team supports and promotes the riders at this level. Each week we will highlight up and coming riders as they work their way through Regional Qualifiers to reach the 2014 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by AMSOIL.
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.
Our only trip North of the U.S. border took place this weekend with the Monster Energy/AMA Supercross series landing in Toronto, Canada for round 12. 48,892 fans were in attendance at the Rogers Centre in downtown Toronto, which typically serves as home for Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays. The CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha team would only feature 250 Class contender Alex Martin this weekend, as both 450 Class riders Kyle Chisholm and Ben LaMay were forced to sit out due to injury.
The Motor City saw a record crowd of 50,856 fans this weekend as the Monster Energy/AMA Supercross Series visited Ford Field in Detroit for round 11. This round hosted a unique track layout, with the riders venturing up into the seats on a new feature remnant of the historic Supercross races at the Pontiac Silverdome.
CycleTrader.com/Rock River/Yamaha’s Ben LaMay is slated to make his return to racing this weekend at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, for round 11 of the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross Series. The 450 rider was injured just days before the season opener in Anaheim, California, after bailing from his machine in mid-air while practicing in Southern California.
Round 10 of the Monster Energy/AMA Supercross Series brought us to the sunny shores of Daytona Beach, Florida this weekend. The first racing event of Daytona’s annual Bike Week; and only Supercross event for the state of Florida saw a large crowd under the lights of the legendary Daytona International Speedway.
We reached the half way mark of the season this weekend with round 9 of the Monster Energy/AMA Supercross Series in Indianapolis, Indiana. Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts would play host to this week's races, and 59,919 fans were on hand to take in all of the action.
The Monster Energy/AMA Supercross Series continued it’s East Coast swing with Round 8 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA this weekend in front of a packed crowd of 69,785 fans. This race is always a special one for the CycleTrader.com / Rock River Yamaha team, as it serves as the unofficial "home race" for us; as Atlanta is the home of Roost MX and our Team Manager Christina Denney.
CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha Team records a team best in Arlington!
It was a season highlight for the CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha Team as Round 7 of the Monster Energy/AMA Supercross Series took place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. For the first time ever, the team would qualify for both the 250 & 450 Main Events in the same night; Alex Martin earning his spot with an 8th place in 250 Heat #2 and Kyle Chisholm transferring to his respective Main Event with a 4th in 450 Semi #1.