The seventh round of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season was one of the most highly anticipated races of the season by riders and fans alike, taking place at RedBud MX in Buchanan, Michigan -- the sight of the impending 2018 Motocross des Nations at the beginning of October. Hayden Mellross was coming off of a solid round at Southwick and he was joined on Independence Day weekend by Jamison Duclos, making his Pro Motocross debut for the CycleTrader.com | Rock River | Yamaha team.
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The halfway mark of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season always approaches rapidly -- yet again, it’s already come and gone. Instead of the traditional halfway stop at Redbud in Buchanan, MI, the series took a turn to the sands of Southwick, Massachusetts for the sixth stop on the twelve round calendar. The treacherous terrain and unpredictable conditions always make for great racing, often bringing new challengers to the forefront of contention, potentially making or breaking a season.
The fifth round of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series occurred this past weekend at Muddy Creek Raceway in northern Tennessee. It was an exciting weekend for the CycleTrader.com | Rock River | Yamaha team as they were back to full force with the return of Hayden Mellross to the team. The Australian has been on the sidelines since suffering an injury at the opening round of the series, but he was finally able to make his return to the races.
The fourth round of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series took place this past weekend at the historic High Point Raceway in southern Pennsylvania. It’s always referred to as one of the pivotal rounds of the series, often serving as a momentum builder and a season changer as the first traditional east coast track on the calendar. Brandon Hartranft was alone under the CycleTrader.com | Rock River | Yamaha canopy this past weekend as the team anticipates the return of Hayden Mellross in Muddy Creek for round five of the series.
The third round of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series just wrapped up in the fabulously flowing hills of Lakewood Colorado. Thunder Valley Motocross Park played host to the Saturday afternoon of racing action and the CycleTrader.com | Rock River | Yamaha team was back in full-force with the addition of Martin Castelo -- brought onboard to stand in for the injured Hayden Mellross. The Ecuadorian rode the first two rounds of the season with the IB Corp Racing squad and has completed multiple points scoring positions in the incredibly competitive 250 division.
The second round of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series occurred this past weekend at the world renowned Glen Helen Raceway, nestled in the mountainous region of San Bernardino. Unfortunately, a crash in the opening round at Hangtown resulted in a broken scapular for Hayden Mellross; the recovery time is still to be determined, but he’s working as hard as possible to be back at the races as soon as he can. Therefore, Brandon Hartranft would be the lone CycleTrader.com | Rock River | Yamaha rider on the track throughout the weekend.
The opening round of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series took place this past weekend at the historic Hangtown Raceway, located on the outskirts of Sacramento. The season opener marked the 50th anniversary of the race and the fans came out in full force to support their favorite riders on a picturesque day of racing. The CycleTrader.com | Rock River | Yamaha team welcomed Brandon Hartranft for his rookie season of Pro Motocross in the 250 class with the addition of Hayden Mellross to the team as well.
The final round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season took place at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Both regional 250SX West classes competed under the bright lights in the final shootout of the year and the 450SX class wrapped up as well, bringing both championships to a close. The CycleTrader.com | Rock River | Yamaha tent was full with both Dylan Merriam and Brandon Hartranft competing in the 250SX division with Alex Ray finishing up his season in the 450SX class.
The penultimate round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season occurred this past weekend at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 250SX West division returned to the fray after a short hiatus, bringing Dylan Merriam back under the CycleTrader.com | Rock River | Yamaha canopy to join Alex Ray while Brandon Hartranft receives a week off prior to the season finale in Las Vegas.
The fifteenth round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season took place this past weekend at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, marking the last round of action on east coast soil for the remainder of the season. Both championships are close to wrapping up as the series only has two remaining rounds and the CycleTrader.com | Rock River | Yamaha team is doing everything possible to go out with a bang.
Following one weekend of inclement weather in Seattle, the fourteenth round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season in Minnesota brought forth it’s own share of extreme weather conditions. US Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis was engulfed in a historic blizzard throughout the entirety of the weekend, forcing most of the hustle and bustle of the city to grind to a halt. Nonetheless, the show must go on and the last Triple Crown of the season continued as scheduled, thanks to the roof on the stadium.
The thirteenth round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season was one for the ages. CenturyLink Field served as the theatre for one of the most titanic mud races in recent memory, posing a plethora of different challenges for the competitors. Dylan Merriam made his debut for the CycleTrader.com | Rock River | Yamaha team, filling in for the injured Bradley Taft for the remainder of the 250SX West series and Alex Ray made his return from injury in the 450 class, providing the team with a full tent for the first time in a while.
The twelfth round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season occurred last weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. The CycleTrader.com | Rock River | Yamaha team was one rider strong for the first 250 East/West shootout of the year with Brandon Hartranft flying the colors in Indy. Snow dusted the pits and frigid temperatures affected those outside the stadium, but the action inside the venue heated up as usual.
The eleventh round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season took place this past weekend at the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The CycleTrader.com | Rock River | Yamaha team made the trip to the heartland of America as Brandon Hartranft continued his charge in the 250SX East division and Bradley Taft competed in his final round on the 450 before stepping back down to the 250 for the first East/West shootout of the year at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The tenth round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season took place this past weekend at the legendary Daytona International Speedway, celebrating one of the most prestigious rounds of the entire season. The CycleTrader.com | Rock River | Yamaha team was stocked with both Brandon Hartranft and Bradley Taft for the second weekend in a row, contesting both the 250SX East and 450SX classes, respectively. Both riders were set to compete at the world renowned circuit for the first time as professionals, making it an extra special occasion.
The ninth round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season took place this past weekend at the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The CycleTrader.com | Rock River | Yamaha team had both Brandon Hartranft and Bradley Taft under the semi for the first time this season, temporarily moving Taft up to the premier class in place of Alex Ray. The Missourian would make his 450SX debut while Hartranft was set to compete in the third supercross of the 250SX East division.
The second round of the 2018 250SX East classification kicked off in Tampa Bay, Florida this past weekend, marking the return of Monster Energy Supercross to Raymond James Stadium for the first time since 1999. Unfortunately, Alex Ray suffered a practice crash during the week that resulted in a dislocated wrist and a ruptured patella tendon in his knee, forcing him out of racing action for the foreseeable future.
The last round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season in the golden state of California took place this past weekend at Petco Park in the heart of San Diego, marking the sixth round of the series and the last 250SX West race until the shootout in Indianapolis. The winding nature of the track provided a lot of technically challenging areas for the riders and would ultimately cause a lot of carnage throughout the day.
Monster Energy Supercross moved back to California for the penultimate time of the 2018 season and the CycleTrader.com | Rock River | Yamaha team followed, setting up shop at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in the Bay Area. Soft dirt and the limited space made available due to the baseball stadium made for a tight, challenging track stacked with ruts from side-to-side. Bradley Taft was building off of his career best finish the week prior in Glendale and Alex Ray was looking to post a solid result after battling a sickness in Arizona.
The CycleTrader.com | Rock River | Yamaha semi made the trek down to the middle of the Arizona desert for the fourth round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season. University of Phoenix Stadium, home to the Arizona Cardinals, would play host to the event and the roomier football stadium would make for a challenging track. Alex Ray woke up Saturday morning with an illness, but decided to push through and take on the day as Bradley Taft was eager to bounce back from an off weekend in Anaheim.
The CycleTrader.com | Rock River | Yamaha team made the trip back to Southern California for the third round of the 2018 AMA Monster Energy Supercross Championship. Bradley Taft and Alex Ray have both found themselves in good finishing positions throughout the first two rounds of action and they look to continue that trend during the second stop at Angels Stadium in Anaheim.
The CycleTrader.com | Rock River | Yamaha team scored a pair of solid finishes in the opening round of the 2018 AMA Monster Energy Supercross at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California. Bradley Taft and Alex Ray approached the second round of the season hoping to build off of their results from round one as they continue to find their groove. NRG Stadium, home to the Houston Texans, would serve as the host for round two of the series and the entire CycleTrader.com | Rock River | Yamaha team was eager for the gate drop.
The CycleTrader.com | Rock River | Yamaha team came into the 2018 Supercross season ready to do battle for the first time of the year. Bradley Taft and Alex Ray made their return to the team, ready to contest the 250SX West and the 450SX championships, respectively. Taft only competed in the first couple of races last season before enduring an injury at the third round of the season in San Diego, therefore marking his first round of Monster Energy Supercross since.
The final round of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series has come and gone, following an exciting weekend of racing at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana. The midwest circuit has made a home as the last round of the season since making its mark on the calendar in 2014 and it’s widely considered to be one of the most challenging tracks of the season. In addition to the challenges that it presents the riders, the massive jumps and wide corners present a plethora of close racing for the many fans in attendance.
The stage was set for the penultimate round of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in Mechanicsville, Maryland at the historic Budds Creek Motocross Park. The track is regularly revered by riders and fans alike for massive elevation changes, off-camber corners, and it’s multitude of different line choices. The eleventh round of the series also provides the chance to visit the nation’s capital as the track sits a quick half an hour away from Washington D.C.