Welcome to week five with the CycleTrader / RockRiver / Yamaha team as we’ve made it to the southeast! With humidity about as high as the temperature, shade became a premium this weekend with everyone wishing we were back in the mountains of Colorado. Although this is exactly what the riders train for, the first brutally hot round of the year is always a tough one. Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tennessee played host to Round 5 of the Outdoor Motocross Championship. After a plethora of water to prep the track for a hot one Saturday, practice was a mess.
Race News & Updates
After a nice weekend off, we’re back to racing in Mt. Morris Pennsylvania at High Point Raceway. Another legendary facility on the outdoor motocross circuit, with tons of elevation and always good soil the riders were pumped to be back east. With a little rain later on in the week, the race track would start out a little damp for Saturdays first practice rounds. Developing slightly different than the first few rounds of racing, High Point would have some slippery dry sections while also having some thick mud. The conditions seemed to play advantage to the Euro’s of the series.
Unfortunately after re-injuring his ankle at the opening round of outdoor Motocross at Hangtown, Tommy Hahn will sot out the remainder of the motocross series. Due to furthering ligament damage in the ankle the time needed to recover will sideline Hahn for outdoors, but we anticipate a strong return from Tommy in October at Monster Energy Cup at 100%. Tommy will also remain with the team in 2017 and begin building for a strong Supercross season after Monster Cup.
Welcome to round three of the great outdoors in lovely Colorado! Thunder Valley would play host as the third track on the circuit and would shape up absolutely perfect. Awesome weather and good moisture in the dirt made for a solid weekend of racing. One of our partners in two wheel passion, Meta, put on a pre-race meet and greet party with Colt & Luke at Ratio Beer Works along with the help of Never Summer Industries.
Week 2 of the Outdoor National Motocross Circuit and look no further than the heart of Motocross, Southern California at historic Glen Helen Raceway. Mention the name Glen Helen all around the globe in the world of dirt bikes and you’ll have some common ground of conversation no matter where you are. Glen Helen is the face of American Motocross. Still fully operational and open most days of the week, Glen Helen hosts different events throughout the year from AMA Pro Motocross all the way to the fun event of Day In the Dirt and even the Vet Motocross World Championships.
Welcome to the Great Outdoors at lovely Hangtown Motocross, located just outside of Sacramento California in Rancho Cordova. Everyone from the CycleTrader / Rock River / Yamaha team was on hand early as the team took part in Thursdays media day. Mechanics were at the track early Thursday to finish final preparations on the race bikes, and riders we’re on hand eager to shake down the bikes and get some time on the track.
We’ve finally made it to the Finale in Las Vegas! 17 weekends later we run into some un-characteristic weather to the desert area, Rain. With some overcast weather looming towards the end of the week, Saturday began with sunny skies for track walk and for the first free round of practice. As the 450s were wrapping up after the first round of qualifying practice, the winds started to howl bringing in dark clouds quickly that would unleash heavy rains and even hail. Practice was called as the track got pounded with water, leaving a pond in the first corner after the storm passed.
The final east coast round of the 2016 Monster Energy Supercross Series has come and gone, with a 17 round series wrapping up this coming weekend in Las Vegas. The 450 SX Championship was decided this weekend, as Ryan Dungey accumulated enough points to clinch the title early. Both the 250SX West & East coast championships are still up in the air, and Vegas will be a showdown putting all riders from both coasts into one main event with standard positioning points.
We’ve made to Round 15 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. This is a brand new stop for the Monster Energy Supercross tour, the stadium is about 45 minutes southwest of downtown Boston. Playing home to the NFL Patriots, this stadium is attached to a shopping plaza full of restaurants, shops, bowling alley, movie theatre, and even a hotel with more rooms under construction.
Wow, Week 14 already and just 3 rounds remaining, the Monster Energy Supercross Season is flying by. The series made it to middle America this week in St. Louis Missouri, with beautiful blue skies and weather in the low 70’s made for a perfect day of racing. This round would also mark the first day race of the year, being carried on national television THE FOX NETWORK. Everything started much earlier than normal to fit in the schedule, track walk going down before 8 a.m. and riders on the track by 9.
Welcome to Indianapolis for week 13 of the Monster Energy Supercross Series! This week marks the return of Luke Renzland after suffering from a broken collarbone after the opening round of 250SX East. Luke has been back on the bike now for a little over 3 weeks and immediately felt comfortable. He didn’t lose much speed or ability during his time off the bike. • Luke was pumped to get his day underway. After the team went out for the track walk, it was clear the track would deteriorate.
We’re back after Easter break with Round 12 of Monster Energy Supercross in Santa Clara, CA! It’s been a long 6 week break for the 250 SX West Coast Riders, all eager to get back on the line and see how their training over the time off will result. Unfortunately it was another weekend without Tommy Hahn under the rig, as he’s still mending that ankle ligament. Colt Nichols was back in action this weekend, and showed up all smiles to a very sunny Levi’s Stadium Friday. The crew enjoyed the nice weather Friday taking it all in and preparing for Saturday’s day of racing.
Welcome to week 11! This round brings us to the Motor City, the home of the NFL Detroit Lions, and also some frosty temperatures in the 40’s. Unfortunately Tommy Hahn was sidelined this weekend due to a stage 3 ligament sprain in his ankle. We hope to have the #47 back on track in Santa Clara in two weeks. The east coast has been a bit rough for the CycleTrader / Rock River / Yamaha team, leaving fill-in rider Benny Bloss the sole rider under the rig this weekend. Luke Renzland is mending well and will be back in Indianapolis following the West Coast Santa Clara round.
Week 10 and we’ve made it north of the border, in lovely Toronto Canada! The cool city offers a unique venue to the AMA Supercross Circuit, with a hotel connected to the stadium making it very convenient for everyone. The fans came out in great waves. Toronto also hosts a special autograph session, which organizes all riders together at the same time so fans have the ease of getting to meet and see all their favorite riders at once. The weather outside was bitter cold, so having everything inside was a great advantage.
Week 9 in the sunshine state- welcome to Daytona! The guys finally got all the grip they need this weekend in the deep sands of Florida. After spending time riding and training in California, Tommy Hahn was happy to be on different soil. It was the first race for fill-in rider Benny Bloss, as Luke underwent surgery on his collarbone Friday. Benny was pleased with the bike instantly and was able to use his already established suspension settings from the guys at Enzo. It didn’t take long for him to get comfortable.
After a great start to the East Coast swing of the Monster Energy Supercross, Luke Renzland unfortunately suffered a broken collarbone. Putting in a solid qualifying effort during day practice and advancing directly out of the heat race, Luke was beginning to show the experience of a 2nd year pro. Overcoming a bad start in the main event and being pushed off the track in the first corner, starting as deep as 21st Renzland would then climb his way to 9th spot. Pushing Albertson for another position, Luke got cross rutted exiting the sand section single.
It’s week 8 already and we are here in Atlanta for our favorite race of the year! The team spent Friday with the Yamaha guys getting a tour of the factory and hosted this week’s dealer signing at Mountain Motorsports in Marietta. Playing home to the Denney family, Atlanta always seems to have the most friends stopping by the rig. Saturday the pit party was as happening as ever with the cold temperatures outside keeping everyone inside the warm pits.
Welcome to week 7 in beautiful Dallas Texas! Round 7 brings us to another magnificent stadium. Home of the Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium is in downtown Arlington. The team took part in a successful and busy dealer signing at Freedom Powersports with the rest of the Yamaha teams. With Texas playing host as a “hometown” race for both Colt & Tommy, they would have extra large cheering sections this week with family and friends making the trip out to support. Untimed practice and the following two timed qualifying sessions would be the best the track would be all day.
Welcome to week 6 of Monster Energy Supercross! The series is about a third of the way complete already. With a 250SX West break on its way after next weekend in Dallas, Colt Nichols looks to put in two solid efforts before some time off. The weather in San Diego was absolutely perfect with highs in the 70’s and lows in the mid 50’s, making for perfect racing conditions. After last weeks race in the biggest stadium of the season, this track was almost a polar opposite. Tight and technical jumps, big whoops, and slippery corners made for some intense racing.
It’s week 5 already in beautiful Glendale Arizona! A new venue to Monster Energy Supercross shed some new light on the Phoenix area round. Years past, the race has been held at Chase Stadium. With its new location at University of Pheonix, Cardinal Stadium offers additional space for the series and provides an out of the stadium section for the riders. This stadium has the largest square footage layout of the circuit and the dirtwurx crew put together an awesome track for the race with the largest start straight thus far.
Welcome to week 4 of Monster Energy Supercross! this was the first week all the teams and fans got a chance to leave southern California and head north to Oakland. The weather seemed a bit grim during the week with grey clouds, but not much moisture was let loose after the track had been finished so the dirtwurx crew had it easily taken care of with some light tarp. Saturday the sun began to shine and fans started piling in for a good day of racing.
Week 3 kicked off yet again in Anaheim California, the last stop in Anaheim for the series. Prior to this weekends event Colt & Tommy were fortunate enough to take part in two days of Press Day riding. Thursday they rode during the day alongside Factory KTM, Factory Yamaha, & MCR, Colt was featured in vurbmoto.com’s Thursday select Press Day video by Tom Journet, where Colt spoke positively about his training during the week and his building comfort with the bike and team.
Welcome to week 2 of Monster Energy Supercross! it’s been a beautiful week in California, especially compared to the weather we had leading up to last weeks race. Colt & Tommy both had very productive weeks of practice and training between rounds. Colt was fortunate enough to get some time in with the guys at Enzo Racing Suspension, and come Saturday it would clearly show off. Tommy has been spending more time getting acquainted with his new YZ450F and is beginning to build confidence and more speed.
The 2016 Monster Energy/ AMA Supercross season kicked off this saturday in Anaheim California once again. With uncommon bad weather looming all week the Dirtwurx crew did a great job to get the track finished ahead of schedule and covered before the rains came. By Thursday the weather and forecast had lightened and the sun began to shine. 450 SX rider Tommy Hahn and 250 SX west rider Colt Nichols were both excited and ready to get their season underway.
The sport of motocross is becoming more and more like stick-and-ball sports. Just as baseball grooms its young up-and-comers in the minor leagues, motocross teams are doing the same in the amateur ranks. Scouting motocross talent for the next big thing can bring results, which in turn brings big-money sponsors to the table. This is not a one-sided deal. For an amateur rider, getting signed while still riding the Grapefruit Circuit is like discovering a gold mine. The riders get top-notch equipment, advice from men who know, financial support, and the fast track to the big time.