High Point 2018 was good as always, first moto I had a great start, then fell in the second corner. I think I was about 10th coming around the first lap..had some great battles with Brown and Brouder halfway through and charged my way back to 4th! Second moto I had a good start and was running 3rd, hit a little mud before the rollers and tipped over. Turns out 2 girls crashed right after I did so the two position I lost from falling, I gained right back. With 2 laps left Jordan Jarvis passed me and put me back to 4th for a 4-4/4th overall. Track and weather were perfect all day! It was good to be back racing on a national weekend
DOB: December 9, 1993
Hometown: Glidden, Wisconsin
Bike: KTM SX250
Sponsors: Bananza Plumbing, FMF, KTM, Father Backed Racing, Bell, Factory Connection, Motorex, Mika Metals, Works Connection, RD Designs, Speed Photography, Hinson, Pivot Works, DT1 Filters
Most professional women’s motocross riders come from California or Florida, states that allow riding all year long. Then there is Marissa Polencheck, a native from Wisconsin, who rode indoor tracks every winter to train instead of going south. Polencheck has held her pro-license since 2012 and has been living a gypsy motocross life since. From growing up in Wisconsin, to moving to Arizona for school, to Florida and California to train, it is hard to say where she wants to go next!
What got you started in racing?
I started riding and racing when I was 12. My friend had an xr80 that I rode and (I) fell in love with dirt bikes. My dad bought me one after seeing me ride it around our cabin, built us a track and we started attending local races.
In all of your travels, where has been your favorite place you have ridden?
My favorite place that I have ridden, oh man that is a very tough question! Redbud is always amazing, but there is a track in Brush, Colorado called Sweney Cycle Park. It has the best dirt in the world.
Since leaving Wisconsin what has been the biggest challenge with racing?
The biggest challenge with racing since I left Wisconsin is trying to make all of the races. Living in California now most of the WMX races are on the East Coast. Not being able to make a living off racing, we have to work too. It is hard to have a full time or even part time job, get the time off work, and travel across country to race.
Best travel memory from racing the WMX.
Best memory from racing has to be when Kylie Fasnacht and I traveled around the US in 2017 to race all of the WMX rounds. Her family was generous enough to let us take their motorhome and trailer across the country and hit all the rounds. We saw some cool places, got to see and stay with friends and family and made some darn good memories along the way.
Proudest moment from racing?
1000% when I got third at High Point in 2017 on Father’s Day. I could not have been happier to be on the podium for him on that day.
What is your training like?
My training is pretty simple; I love cardio and I love lifting weights. The details are a secret ;)
Goal for the season?
Goals for 2018 are to get more podiums, keep myself healthy and keep meeting great people!
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(PRO RACER) BRANDON HARTRANFT
Last week I had a chance to do a little Q/A with Brandon about his goals, favorite track, training, some accomplishments, and a few other topics that you can read below! I hop you enjoy, and make sure you click on the Instagram icon at the bottom to follow along with Brandon on his racing.
Hey it’s Brandon Hartranft I’m from brick, New Jersey. I’m 19 years old and I race professional motocross/supercross. I started riding when I was three years old. First bike I had was a pw-50 with training wheels.
My goals for this year is to better myself for next year. I had a good supercross Season. So I’m just trying to carry that momentum into the outdoors.
I train in Charlotte North Carolina at cooper Webb’s place and in California. My favorite track is freestone. It’s gets deep ruts and really rough.
My tops three accomplishments. First one is when I won a title at Loretta's I’ll never forget that. Second is being able to race supercross and motocross. Third accomplishment is finishing top 10 in my rookie season of supercross.
When I’m not racing I’m normally like to go fishing, hanging out with my friends, going on the lake and going swimming.
I’d like to thank my Mom and Dad, Cycletrader rock river, Yamaha, 100%, Enzoracingkyb, Parts unlimited, Moose racing, Ridedunlop, Yoshimura, Hinson racing, Gytr, Roost Mx, Guts seat covers, Mika metals, Neversummersindurstries, Bell, Ethika, Christina denney, Cooper Webb, Garreth Swanepoel, Seth Rarick, Scott Rabon
Q: Tell everyone a little about yourself, and when you started riding?
A: Hi my name is Jae Min Lee ! Everyone called Jae! Or Mr. Chow! I am 26years old!
When I was 10 my dad raced and traveled a lot so I traveled with him. I watched my dad and his friends hit the jumps so I wanted to start hitting jump. So dad decided to get me a PW50.
Q: I have noticed you have won some Championships, tell us a little about your accomplishments?
A: I was Korean Champion and then I want to go big stage for racing. So I was been racing in New Zealand race. I have been training, and racing in the United State, and my dream is to Race Pro in the United State.
Q: What is the biggest difference between your tracks at home and the tracks here in the United States?
A: America track is fun and tough. Also very rough! But I like that! My country track is all smooth and not many tracks, so I have make my own track to make it as rough as the tracks in the America. Keep training ruts and rough!! We are many bowl corner and also hard pack dirt! But America tracks are really good dirt and fun tracks! (Really rough ) I love it!
Q: I have noticed you’ve spent some time over here training and racing. What are your goals for 2018?
A: I am really lucky Tony Alessi helped me a lot to be able to ride in the USA. Really thankful for that! I can training over there and look some fast rider and learning a lot ! Always learning ! My goals is race supercross next years for try first !! It's my dream!
Q:Will you be racing outdoors this year in the States?
A: It was, but we decided to learn supercross for a few years and than ready to race supercross is my plan.
Q: We all want to know what is your favorite food while you’re here in the states?
A: Dude America food is real good. I like Mexican food, Panda Express, Factory Pizza a lot. I cant eat a lot of it and continue to train at a high level. (We will leave out his actual answer! hahaha....)
I would like the thank JAE for taking the time to answer some of my questions. If you would like to follow JAE on Social Media just simply click on the Instagram link below. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed it!
We had a chance to do a little Q/A with the fast and very talented rider Brock Papi. This young man has a very bright future ahead of him. Without wasting anymore time lets dive into it!
Q: TELL EVERYONE A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF
A: I'm a very determined and an outgoing guy. I like to spend time with my friends, girlfriend, and of course family. I'm a workout junkie.
Q: AFTER WINNING LORETTA'S LAST YEAR IN THE 450B CLASS, HAS THAT OPENED ANY DOORS FOR YOU?
A: Winning Loretta's in the 450B Class was my amateur highlight. I've won a lot of amateur nationals but winning Loretta's was definitely icing on the cake. Winning Loretta's has got me more help over the past year.
Q: WHAT ARE YOUR THREE CAREER HIGHLIGHTS?
A: My Three career highlights have been racing in Belgium for Team USA and winning as a team, winning Loretta's, and starting my PRO Career this year.
Q: WHERE ARE YOU DOING YOUR TRAINING AT THESE DAYS? ANY TRAINING FACILITIES, OR ARE YOU JUST DOING YOUR OWN THING?
A: I ride at a few Private tracks and Public tracks. I do my own workout program.
Q: WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR 2018?
A: My Goals for this year is to get points every round in the 450 Pro Class, and get noticed to have an opportunity to race for a Factory Team. My debut will be at High Point.
I just want to thank Brock for taking the time to do a little Q/A with me, and i would like to with Brock the best! You can follow Brock on Instagram by simply clicking on the IG icon.
We had a chance to do a little Q/A with Jyire this morning via text message. So lets get right into it.
Q: TELL EVERYONE A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF?
A: My name is Jyire Mitchell, and I'm from Bermuda. I train at South of the Border, and Sunshine MX in Florida. I do go back home every three months. I race 250A and Open Pro Sport.
Q: DID I SEE YOU ON A BORROWED BIKE AT HIGH POINT LLAQ?
A: Yes, i used Ryan Schafer's 2006 Honda 250 at the area qualifiers because my bikes blew up and my dad wasn't able to get them fixed in time. High Point was fun with Stack in the A Classes.
Q: GOALS FOR 2018?
A: My goals for 2018 are to be on the box at Loretta's and pick up help from a team to go PRO.
Q: WHO ARE YOUR SPONSORS, AND/OR WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO THANK?
A: I would like to thank my parents, Fly Racing, Pod Knee, Ryan Shafer (SOBMX), Hoosier tires, VT Construction, H&S Construction, and Uncle Mike. I wouldn't be able to be in America or racing with the help of everyone who believes in me. Thank you!
SO NOW WE HAD A CHANCE TO HAVE A LITTLE FUN WITH THIS WRITE-UP SO WE ASKED JYIRE A QUESTION THAT MOST PEOPLE DONT KNOW ABOUT JYIRE.
Q: TELL US SOMETHING THAT NOT VERY MANY PEOPLE KNOWS ABOUT YOU?
A: NOT REALLY A TRUE SECRET BUT ONLY CLOSE PEOPLE TO ME KNOW THAT I QUIT MOTOCROSS IN 2010 TO PLAY SOCCOR. I REGRET IT, BUT IT MADE ME HUNGY TO WIN AGAIN!!
I ALSO HATE MY RIDING STYLE AND CRITIQUE MYSLEF IN PICTURES CONSTANTLY.
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Q: WHEN DID YOU START RACING?
A: I STARTED RACING WHEN I WAS 11 AT A LOCAL TRACK HERE IN NORTH CAROLINA (EAST BEND)
Q: DO YOU TRAIN AT ANY TRAINING FACILITIES, AND DO YOU FEEL THAT IT HAS HELPED YOU OUT?
A: I CURRENTLY TRAIN AT SOB IN SOUTH CAROLINA. I'VE BEEN HERE SINCE I STARTED BACK RIDING IN THE MIDDLE OF JAN. THE SOB FACILITY , FACULTY HAS DEFINITELY HELPED ME SO MUCH! CODY GERHARD IS ALWAYS TAKING MY STRENTH AND CONDITIONING TO THE NEXT LEVEL. FREDDY NOREN AND MATT BURKEEN ARE ALWAYS PUSHING ME TO BE THE BEST RIDER THAT I CAN BE. IT'S ALSO GREAT TO HAVE PLENTY OF FAST RIDERS TO RIDE, TRAIN, AND PUSH WITH EVERY DAY. I'M EXCITED FOR THE SUMMER HERE AT SOBMX!
Q: WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR 2018?
A: MY GOALS COMING INTO THIS YEAR ARE TO STAY HEALTHY, AND KEEP SHOWING PROGRESS WITH MY RIDING! ALTHOUGH, IT WOULD BE NICE TO BE ON THE PODIUM AT LORETTA'S, AND EARN A TICKET TO MONSTER CUP THROUGH THE AX FINALS THIS WEEKEND!
Q: ANY BIG PLANS FOR 2019?
A: WELL, NEXT YEAR I PLAN TO RACE SOME EAST COAST ROUNDS OF AX TO GET MY ROAD TO SX POINTS THEN SPRING NATIONALS, AND LORETTA'S IN THE A CLASS. IM ALSO PLANNINGTO HAVE MY PRO-AM POINTS BEFORE THE START OF 2019 SO I CAN HAVE THE OPTION TO EITHER RACE OUTDOORS, OR WAIT TILL SX ROLLS AROUND IN 2020.
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Q: HOW MANY TIMES DID YOU SHOOT SOMEONE WITH A NERF GUN THIS WEEK?
A: AT LEAST 100 TIMES, PROBABLY 15 TIMES TODAY
Q: HOW WAS THE TRACK THIS WEEKEND?
A: THE TRACK WAS SURPRISINGLY GOOD AFTER A DAY AND NIGHT OF OFF AND ON RAINING. IT DRIED UP NICE BUT WAS SUPER ROUGH AND BRUTAL, ONE OF THE ROUGHER NORTH CAROLINA GNCC'S THAT I REMEMBER.
Q: DID YOU FEEL LIKE THIS WAS YOUR ROUND? DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE IMPROVING EACH WEEK?
A: EVERY ROUND I WANT IT TO FEEL LIKE IT'S MY ROUND, BUT IT'S A TOUGH JOB TO WIN SO TO GET THE WIN TODAY FEELS GOOD, AND I HOPE TO CARRY IT OVER INTO NEXT ROUND. I FEEL LIKE I ABSOLUTELY LEARN AND IMPROVE EACH WEEK. I SEE MY STRUGGLE IN CERTAIN AREAS AND I WORK ON THEM WEEK IN AND WEEK OUT!
Q: FOR THE KIDS READING THIS, WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU COULD GIVE THEM TO BE BETTER IN THE WOODS?
A: BE PATIENT AND PICK GOOD LINES! SOMETIMES IT'S BETTER TO STOP FOR 2-3 SECONDS TO PICK A GOOD LINE IN A MUD-HOLE INSTEAD OF JUST BLASTING IT AND TAKING THE CHANCE OF GETTING STUCK FOR FIVE MINUTES! WHEN IT'S SLICK, SHIFT UP AND RIDE A HIGH GEAR AND KEEP YOUR MOMENTUM!
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The Empire State, better known for the big apple NYC holds its own sweet secrets located in upstate New York. Driving from Syracuse you'll find yourself headed north on Oswego rd until you come to a town called Granby. Within a population of no more than 7000, plenty of slightly rolling open fields "fenced" in by large pine trees, you'll find yourself at a brand new motocross facility know as The Compound MX. Professionally designed and built by MX Track Builders, the compound is a one of a kind, unique beyond measures addition to the entire northeast.
New York State is generally classified by open natural terrain usually filled with rocks. The only rocks you may find at The Compound are located in the beautiful sweeping entrance. As you enjoy the wooded entrance and continue further onto the property you begin to see the perfectly symmetrical jump faces, landings, and sides. The grass that covers the property is a sandy green/white color which comes with the naturally sandy soil in the area. As you pass the clean tan colored pull barn in the front you will find plenty of even open parking. A simple yet beautiful wooden fence lines the east end of the property adding that extra bit of character to an already excellent, vibrant facility.
The track its self is a mixture of almost beach like sand, clay, and some natural soil. It contains nearly every feature a motocross rider could wish for from table tops to ant hills, doubles, triples, and step ups, it'd be hard to find any usual motocross track features to be missing. My personal favorite parts of the track were the more technical roller/rhythm sections in the center of the track which added some flavor to an otherwise very well flowing track. These sections could be a make or break situation for a lot of athletes. The compound is not shy of loft booters perfect for laying it flat and showing some skid plate. Although fairly intimidating the massive step up on the west end of the facility offers the most time a rider will have to relax when throwing in motos on a very rough track.
Complimenting many awesome features at the facility comes a trainer who has deep experience in the sport of motocross. Scotty Drake, older brother of former amateur star Sunny Drake, offers limited training spots available to any rider. With years and loads of knowledge Mr Drake will lead the way in a new generation of motocross athletes coming out of the northeast at this top notch facility.
Stay up to date with The Compound MX via Facebook and instagram and look for opening day in spring 2018! Be ready for the most unique and efficient way of signing up for your desired practice session and many more unique factors that will make The Compound MX the place to be in the future.
Daytona RCSX, JS7 spring classic, Loretta Lynns, Ponca City, Mini Os. Just a few of the biggest amateur nationals across the United States. Many of us sit from afar and watch for updates through social media or by other means, some of us sit on the sidelines at the events cheering on our favorite riders. Then there are the few of us that attend and compete at these events. All the way from 50cc riders to the A class and even the Vet riders, these racers are the pinnacle of our year. We all go to have fun and enjoy racing but how do we mentally prepare for an event unlike those that we compete in locally each and every weekend?
Here are some of my tips as to how to make your week at any big event go as smoothly as you can make it!
Good luck to all the racers heading to the Winter National Mini Olympics next week! Eric Doty and myself will see you there!
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