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ClubMX A2 review and Houston preview

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FIRST – AN APOLOGY: The broadcast crew is kind enough to offer up a text communication platform for me to convey any relevant news up to and during the broadcast. If I so choose to highlight anything important, they are willing to listen. In the very first race where I can throw my ideas around, I totally dropped the ball. Yes, I am referring to the lights on Phil’s bike. Let me explain: we have a great relationship with Feld and when they want to try some new ideas, they send their engineers over and pitch us on them and we try to implement the procedures.

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This is not new to us and we do a good job of being discreet when they ask. This was just one more project where they want to add lap leader lights to the bikes to enhance the show for everyone in the audience and at home. So, I said – “let’s test it on Phil’s bike, he’ll never lead any laps. He’s thirty-three years old racing all those young bucks. He’ll ride around in five through ten and you can play with the lights where no one will even notice”. Leave it to Phil to get the holeshot in race #2 and lead all but two laps WITH HIS LIGHTS ON!

Long story short, my apologies to the broadcast crew. I will do a better job moving forward as we head into the east coast rounds. What could possibly surprise anyone …. I guess we will just wait and see.

LAST ROUND: We were riding high from the first two rounds with some excellent starts and some great results. Naturally, we want to ride the wave into Anaheim 2 Triple Crown with three gate drops and shorter races. That program fits solidly in our wheelhouse and we were all excited to get there. What the heck happened? Your guess is as good as mine.

We did have some Phil highlights but Enzo, frankly, was off. They were in position to salvage the night but they both struggled in the last race. Unfortunately, a rider in the other lane kicked a hay bale into Phil’s lane and he landed on it and tumbled to the ground on the last lap of the third race. That one hurt. After the highs and lows of the night to that point, Phil hit the ground pretty hard and put salt into the wound of an otherwise forgettable night.

As for Enzo, perhaps the bright lights of the camera had some effect but as of today we have not debriefed with him. The fact of the matter and in ClubMX tradition, we will simply move past the night and focus on the next race. Racers in general need to have a short memory and as a team we will band together and find ways to improve. That is why they run the races – you never know what might happen. Some people thought the leaders in each class would run the table and go undefeated and some thought ClubMX would never finish in the top ten. That is what makes it fun. Let’s put our best effort out there and see where we end up.

ON TO THE EAST COAST: JEREMY MARTIN: We like that no one has been talking about Jeremy that much this off-season. He will start the week under the radar and have to prove himself in Houston and Tampa. I politely call Jeremy a freak (in the nicest way). He has a work ethic that is unmatched, and his determination is unwavering. If anyone thinks the number six is just going to ride around in seventh place, they will be sadly mistaken.

He brings with him the knowledge, the focus, the skill and the attitude of a winner and it has lifted our program to a new height. It is now on us as a team to provide the tools to allow him to succeed.

He was originally scheduled to race the west rounds but we plugged Enzo in to travel with Phil. Jeremy has seen the team’s success thus far and is anxiously waiting for his chance to show what he can do. Jeremy rides and trains a lot. When the Supercross tracks are too slick, he grabs another bike and rides the outdoor tracks with the amateur kids. When he wants adjustments, he clearly communicates what he is looking for. When he wants more or less power, we turn the screws in the direction he wants to go. He has given us the opportunity to show what a privateer team is capable of and we hope the next two rounds are the beginning of something special.

GARRETT MARCHBANKS: Garrett returned from the off-season in the best shape of his professional career. He was looking forward to boot camp with Jeremy, Phil and Enzo because he is the top dog on the training track and once the riding started, it was amazing. Right up until it wasn’t.

A few weeks into training, Garrett suffered a practice crash that broke a bone in his wrist. Surgery took place days later but in the haste to get it repaired, it was determined that the surgery was not done correctly causing a bigger setback. He had to have the original surgery reversed, a plate put in and the corrections made.

To his credit, Garrett has remained strong and determined for his return to Supercross as soon as he is released by the doctors and physical therapy is complete. At this point, I cannot give you a date but will keep you posted as his return nears. Garrett is going to have a breakthrough season, it is definitely coming. Until then and to Garretts credit, he has volunteered to work as a trainer with the amateur kids every day.

He does his workouts in the morning and evening and shares his skill with the amateur riders during the day. Let’s not forget, Garrett is the second most highly decorated Loretta Lynn’s champion in history for his age group. He is using that experience to fill his days at the track with the younger racers.

PRESTON KILROY: Welcome Preston Kilroy as our fill in rider for Garrett. Kilroy most notably raced for BarX in years past but made a change to his program. He moved across the country to train at ClubMX, switched to Yamaha and showed up in FXR gear. He was planning to run the season as a privateer out of his van when the opportunity came up to fill in for Garrett. As many of you know, ClubMX has always been about giving member riders an opportunity and a ladder system to the pro ranks.

Although he is already a pro, he was an easy decision to move into our team. Preston has been training very hard to improve his supercross skills and has the confidence to support it. We believe that if he can handle our training tracks, he will be able to handle the tracks on the circuit. He brings with him a solid work ethic and an easy-going demeanor that fits right in with our program. Please welcome the #71 to the team when you see him on Friday.

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American Honda HRC unveils race teams ahead of 2024 season

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During a special event this evening, American Honda presented its race plans for the fast-approaching 2024 racing season. Held in the new Collection Hall and meeting space at the manufacturer’s Torrance, California, campus, the event was attended by team sponsors and members of the media, and was highlighted by the factory Team Honda HRC lineup, including riders, managers and technicians. The factory squad is coming off a record-setting 2023 season that saw it take a record six professional AMA championships. In addition, an impressive list of Honda-supported teams was presented, including SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda, SLR Honda, JCR Honda, Turner Racing Honda, Honda Off-Road Factory Racing and Raceco-USA Honda. Also present was Phoenix Racing Honda, celebrating the recent signing of two-time AMA Pro Motocross Champion Dylan Ferrandis, to campaign the premier class in AMA Supercross.

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Heading up Team Honda HRC is Jett Lawrence, who at 20 years old has already accumulated six AMA crowns, including three in 2023—the 250SX West title, the AMA Pro Motocross 450 championship and the inaugural SuperMotocross title. The 2024 season will be Jett’s first campaigning the premier class indoors. Joining Jett aboard another factory CRF450RWE is his brother Hunter Lawrence, who last season earned the 250SX East and AMA Pro Motocross 250 crowns. As previously announced, Jo Shimoda takes Hunter’s old spot aboard the team’s CRF250R, along with returning racer Chance Hymas. The four-rider lineup is among the strongest ever fielded by the squad, which is intent on carrying its success forward into the coming season.

That confidence is thanks also in part to the return of top members within the team and crew, including manager Lars Lindstrom and 450 and 250 crew chiefs Grant Hutcheson and Jordan Troxell, respectively. Christien Ducharme is Jett Lawrence’s mechanic, while Hunter’s technician is Cameron Camera. Ben Griffith and Thomas Harris will serve as mechanics for Shimoda and Hymas, respectively.

The 17-round 2024 AMA Supercross season commences on January 6 in Anaheim, California, followed by the 11-round AMA Pro Motocross series and the three-round SuperMotocross Championship.

Brandon Wilson: Manager of Racing and Experiential Marketing
“While it’s gratifying that we were able to get Team Honda HRC back on top where it belongs in 2023, this team’s proud legacy wasn’t built on a one-and-done philosophy; in fact, the recent success just makes us even more determined to keep it going in 2024. Fortunately, I think we have all the pieces needed to accomplish that: an incredibly talented rider roster, a capable crew, competitive machinery and valuable sponsors. And while of course the factory squad is the focus, I’m also very proud of the lineup of support teams we’re fielding in various disciplines. I can’t wait for the new season to get started.”

Lars Lindstrom: Team Manager
“We just finished our 2024 season introduction for Team Honda HRC and the support teams. We’ve had an incredibly rigorous off-season compared to normal, with a lot of different events and travelling. Now it feels like this was kind of the last thing on the agenda before Anaheim. Everyone worked extremely hard to make this event happen, but we planned well and it went off without a hitch. I’m really proud of the whole team, and the riders for being troopers—especially Jett and Hunter after coming from the Honda Racing Thanks Day in Japan. Now it’s all about dialling in the bikes, getting trucks ready and preparing for the first race. I’m super-excited for the season coming and really stoked to have these guys on the team right now. Our team atmosphere last year was great, and it’s even better now. I feel like we’re going to have an incredible vibe all year.”

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Jason Thomas on Ferrandis and Barcia heading into the 2024 AMA Supercross Season

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Hear the excellent Jason Thomas’ thoughts on Dylan Ferrandis and Justin Barcia heading into the 2024 AMA Supercross season.

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Rockstar Energy Husqvarna eager for success in 2024

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An expanded five-rider Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team will take centre stage when the 2024 SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX) season commences with the AMA Supercross Championship season-opener at Anaheim on Saturday, January 6, led by 450SX duo Malcolm Stewart and Christian Craig, alongside 250SX contenders RJ Hampshire, Guillem Farres and Casey Cochran.

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The Nathan Ramsey-managed official Husqvarna Motorcycles U.S. team will be equipped with the Husqvarna FC 450 Rockstar Edition and the Husqvarna FC 250 Rockstar Edition, forming a strong foundation for all five riders to build upon as the gates drop on what is a highly anticipated new season.

In addition to the on-track action, Rockstar Energy Drink has renewed its commitment as title sponsor of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team in a multi-year commitment, which will span the entire 31-race SMX series. The team will contest 17 rounds of AMA Supercross, 11 rounds in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship, and a three-round, post-season SMX Finals series.

“We’re incredibly excited to extend our partnership with Husqvarna Motorcycles. Over the past 10 years, the relationship with the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team has been more than just a sponsorship and we’re looking forward to continuing to grow together, said Jennifer Kalban, Senior Motorsports Marketing Manager, PepsiCo North America. “The team is as strong as it’s ever been and the 2024 season should be an exciting one.”

Each step of that journey will be documented in Season 3 of the Grit and Grind docuseries, which will continue to be broadcast on the Husqvarna Motorcycles YouTube channel in 2024. A collaboration between Rockstar Energy and Husqvarna Motorcycles, it will once again provide an all-access insight into the season of Stewart, Craig, Hampshire, Farres, and Cochran.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Manager, Nathan Ramsey, is confident that all five riders will be competitive across next year’s SMX series, determined to iron out any kinks that have proven costly in the past and to ensure that all riders can consistently deliver strong results in 2024.

“2024 is looking good for us, the guys are having a really good off-season, and we are working hard to be ready for the season,” explained Ramsey. “I think that ultimately, we’re going to come out swinging and avoid the major ups and downs and ride it out as steady as possible and put our Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team riders up front. We have looked a lot at things that have cost us or possibly pushed us out of championship hopes in the past, and I think we have highlighted a few of those areas and we are all – the team, the crew, the riders, everyone – committed to correcting those areas and hopefully it works and pays off, because if they are corrected, I think we’re in the hunt, for sure.”

Making a welcome return to Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing will be Stewart, the 31-year-old who was unfortunately sidelined in the early stages of last season and is in line to pick up where he left off almost 12 months ago. The fan favourite finished a career-high third in the 450SX standings in 2022, now excited to get back behind the gates in a bid to rebuild his form in a competitive environment.

“The focus for 2024 is honestly just to get back out there and get my feet wet again,” said Stewart. “2023 was a pretty short-lived year for me, it was kind of more for me to get back going and to finish what I started last year. I was looking really good, A1 was going very well, we had one little incident and we won a heat race, so we had some big flashes, but it just ended too quickly. This is part of racing and things happen, but I have had a really good recovery so far, and training has been going well this off-season with a good group of guys that I’m surrounded with. Everyone has been positive through the whole recovery and I’m glad I locked myself in for another two more years! I really want to win next year and I’m looking forward to getting back into the bunch with the team for the upcoming season.”

Entering his second year with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, Craig was also affected by injury in 2023 but was able to return and represent Team USA at the FIM Motocross of Nations (MXoN) in September. At 32, Craig has the desire to establish himself toward the front of the premier class and has been enjoying the pre-season to date.

“I’m feeling pretty good entering another year with the team, so I’m more comfortable, learning everyone around me, and obviously learning the bike more with more seat time,” commented Craig. “I’m coming off a pretty serious injury, so just trying to build back up from that and we’re kind of in the middle of boot camp right now. I am excited for the new year, I need to put in some results, so am very focused and driven for this one. This past season was a big learning year for me, so this time I know what to expect with the training program, riding program, and what the team brings – I need to step up and try to be upfront as much as possible.”

As one of the most experienced riders in the 250 Class, RJ Hampshire has his sights firmly set on achieving title success in the new year. He was runner-up in 250SX West last year and raced to third position in the inaugural 250 SMX standings, now motivated to capture a first-career championship with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing.

“My goal is to definitely try and get a championship,” Hampshire stated. “We’ve been close the last two years in a row, so I’ll just come into the season, take it race-by-race, and build from where were last year. The team has worked really hard to make the bike as good as possible, and there are a lot of improvements already. We were in a good spot last season, so if we can be a bit better this year, I definitely think we can get it done. Supercross was massive for me because I had seven podiums in seven years and then last year I had eight in total, so that was a really big step in my career. The next step is to get the red plate, so that is the goal going into the season. The team has been awesome, there is nowhere else I would rather be, and I just renewed my deal for two more years – it just goes to show how much I believe in this team and how much I believe in myself, because we’ve grown a lot together. They believe in me a lot to go out there and perform also, and I definitely think that this year will be another big step in our relationship.”

For Farres, the chance to join Rockstar Energy Husqvarna sees him preparing for his maiden 250SX campaign, in which the 20-year-old Spanish revelation is looking to develop important Supercross experience during the upcoming season, before turning his attention outdoors.

“The transition to the Husqvarna FC 250 and the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team has been really good,” Farres said. “This is my first time ever here in Clermont, Florida, training and first time in California. So far, so good. Everyone has been really welcoming on the team, I’ve been having a good time, and I’m excited for the 2024 season. It’s going to be my rookie season in Supercross, so I am going to focus on staying healthy, being at every round, and improving every day with every lap. I’ve never raced in a stadium before, so I’m sure it’s going to be something new and I’m going to be a little nervous, but hopefully it gets better after the first round.”

Exciting teenage prospect Cochran has graduated to the professional ranks with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna full-time for 2024, the 17-year-old looking to build upon the Supercross Futures AMA National Championship that he won in 2023, while learning his craft as a professional in the sport.

“It’s my first official pro season, so I’m looking forward to getting out there with the big guys and mixing it up, getting good results,” Cochran commented. “Nothing too extravagant so far, but my goal is to get used to the whole program. It’s a super-cool opportunity because we have worked our whole lives for this deal, this contract, to be on a factory team, so I am super-excited to be here and have a great team around me and ready to get to work. I have always personally liked Supercross better than outdoors, so I am excited to race indoors. I raced Futures last year and that was a good experience, so the more indoors, the better!”

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