The KTM Orange Brigade rider of Parker Mashburn has been on the grind, at only 13 years of age he has been making progress on both the track and off the track. Mashburn is pumped to be able to work with Kyle Regal as well as his dad, Zak. Both have been putting the effort in to help him continue to move forward to get him prepared for the upcoming season. Parker is from a small town in the big state of Texas, where a lot of fast riders started from. With missing last years Spring Nationals due to a leg injury Mashburn has been putting in the overtime, training day by day. The #223 bike will definitely be one to watch for this season.
MP: With the stacked competition that will be lined up next to you at Spring Nationals how do you feel coming into them?
Parker: Well, so far it’s looking pretty good, I didn’t get to go to last years spring nationals because I had a broken leg, but this year hopefully I can get out there and redeem myself. Although it was hard to come off of my injury not having any leg muscle but after I got my leg strength back it’s been going good from there. I mean it’s gonna be tough this year I’m in one of the most stacked classes we’ve got Marchbanks, Kobusch, Swoll, and just a bunch of guys with the same speed.
MP: Being a part of the KTM Orange Brigade team has to feel awesome, tell me about it?
Parker: Well Christy, and all them over there are amazing. I mean they always keep me good with bikes and everything, they are just a really good team to be apart of.
MP: You said you live around the Dallas, Texas area, what is like to be able to live in a state where motocross is a popular sport?
Parker: Yea, I live about an hour away from Dallas in a small town called Morgan Mill, Texas. It’s awesome to be able to live in a state where there are several different tracks to ride on, We usually ride at tracks like Oakhill, Quicks Moto Ranch, River Valley, and even our track. It is really an advantage over all my competition because I can go to the track and there’s a bunch of kids that are my same speed, which really helps me a lot, to get faster, and it helps me get better with the things I need to work on.
MP: Parker, with the level of talent you have, I know there is a list of people helping you out, give them a shoutout for all they do for you!
Parker: Yea for sure! I’d like to thank Jeff and Danna Quick, Kyle Regal, Quick roofing, KTM North America, Orange Brigade, EBR performance, FMF, Dunlop, Troy lee designs, Scott, Dubya USA, Odi grips, Dt1, DC shoes, Neversummer industries, Motion Pro, Motorex, Vertex Pistons, Atlus Motorspotrs, Sidi boots, Rival MX foot pegs, Skullcandy, and Hinson. Thank you all!!!
as of now, he has grown a lot so, the plan is after Loretta’s he will be full time big bikes. I’ve had him on a 125 for awhile, just waiting on bikes was the biggest thing, but now that he’s got that its much better he’s actually back on the Supermini today. But… Honestly, I expect him to do good, he’s gonna be a 13 year old in the Supermini Class. He’s still young but with his size and his attitude it shouldn’t be a problem for him to be battling for podiums each and every race.
MP: Zak, First off A lot of people that may not know you think you just coach your son, is this the case?
Zak: No. I have worked with Parker myself since he was two. He has worked with some other guys briefly but he is so used to what I teach and we both trust it. He is currently training with Kyle regal. A lot of people don't know it but I trained Kyle every day for about 3 years and Kyle trains exactly like me so it works out great. Parker loves training with Kyle
MP: Talk a little bit about Parkers riding style what do you see in him for the upcoming season as Spring Nationals are sneaking up.
Zak: Parker has a really slick riding style. It's his own. He flows really well. He moves around on the bike a lot. He's going really good right now and I think he will do good at all of the Nationals this year. Parker is a kid that needs to ride a lot, Just as Kyle Regal was and he has been riding a lot.
MP: Talk about what got you started into coaching kids, what makes you keep doing it?
Zak: I got started coaching kids because when I was young we paid a lot of money for me to go to a guy and he never paid 1 second of attention to me or about 10 other kids there. As I was growing up I studied the sport. I studied the fast guys and figured out what made them fast, not because I wanted to coach but because we didn't have the money for me to ride like I wanted to and needed to. As I got older I figured out that I had a ton of knowledge about the sport but not the talent to be a pro nor the money. I've always enjoyed helping kids and it just turns out that I can help kids at the sport I love and have a ton of knowledge about. It is my passion. I will never stop teaching. My teaching is more about safety than speed and the need for safety will never go away in this sport.
MP: Finally, with you being a Moto dad what's one piece of advice you could give to other motocross parents that may be reading this?
Zak: Let your kid have fun. I am still learning to be a Moto parent every day. Fun is the key. I think I took a lot of the fun out of it for my boys when they were young. I was a dick. I didn't mean to be, that's just what I saw so it's what I did. And it has taken me a while to get away from that. I'm still not where I should be but I'm working hard on it. I am far from a good example of a Moto parent. When I was young no one ever encouraged me to be good at anything so I encourage and then some. Over compensating is the word I think. Anyhow my advice would be to have fun with your kids and enjoy it. It won't last forever.
MP: Thank you for your time Zak, good luck with your training this year and good luck to Parker throughout 2015 season
Zak: Thank you!
Crossland Racing, GPI, Motorsport Inc backed Chase Marquier stepped into the Arenacross: Ricky Carmichael Road to Supercross in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he iced his way to a highly impressive fourth in the Lites west main event. With the first round jitters gone, Marquier is prepared to dice it up at the Nashville round as he charges for his second point and first trip to the tip of the Arenacross Lites podium. Promising more aggression and passion driven riding, Chase Marquier is truly going to give it his all to land near the top in 2015 and beyond.
The #31 Yamaha rider of Andy Kost is back in Florida getting back into the swing of things. Andy spent two months at home in Wisconsin after Mini O’s working with his dad to get some extra money while enjoying some time with his family. Andy says “I was hoping to get any sort of support but I haven’t heard anything as of yet”. Kost plans on going to the last Winter AM round at Gatorback depending how this week goes as he is working out the bugs and getting ready for Spring Nationals in the A class. Kost has been working hard and putting in the effort every time he hits the track so he’ll be ready for the season.
MP: You mentioned working with your dad back home, what does that consist of?
Andy: Well, my dad owns a trucking company that consists of a few different things. I pretty much did everything from washing trucks to changing tires so there's never really a down time when Im home haha.
Andy: Yeah of course! It was at Aztalan which is pretty much the track you can see off the highway and every local racer in Wisconsin has been there at some point! I know for a fact I didn't finish inside the top ten. I still have my participant trophy haha
MP: Now that you’re moving up to the A class what changes do you think are needed to prepare yourself for the tough competition?
Andy: The A class isn't much different than B class since they are both normally super stacked regardless so my plan is to just work on perfecting my riding and add in some more intensity as well as some longer motos.
WORDS: REDFERRIN / PHOTOS: MILLS
Yamaha ripper Josh Cartwright has been making quite a bit of noise in the Arenacross Lites division lately, as he was one of the first riders to accrue three points and complete Ricky Carmichael's Road to Supercross. Despite a few sketchy get off's, including one which ended in the stands, Cartwright managed to make it out of the intense racing unscathed and is ready for the remainder of the 2015 season, which hopefully includes the Dallas Supercross. Not only did he leave with a podium in the Lites main in Grand Rapids, but Cartwright also secured the top qualifying spot in three of five occasions proving he has the skills to pay the indoor moto bills. After Josh wrapped things up in Colorado we got the details on his Arenacross experience as a whole, future plans, supporters, hobbies, and more for today's Feature!
Josh Cartwright: My very first race as a five year old was at an AMA Arenacross race in Nashville, TN. So to return to Arenacross and acquire my Supercross points was a special moment for my family. I think Ryan Surratt and I were the first riders this year to acquire our points, which is a coincidence since Ryan and I both were #51 throughout our amateur careers. Another coincidence is I live in the same city as Ricky Carmichael. I bet he didn’t expect the first rider to get his “Ricky Carmichael Road to Supercross”points this year to live in the same city as he does. I think that’s a good Supercross stat for Jeff Emig and Ralph Sheheen.
Hailing from Lubbock, Texas is none other than the #128 race effort of Carter Halpain. Halpain earned the label of an elite in the amateur motocross community quite some time ago earning himself national wins at tracks across the country at a young age. A seasoned amateur national rider, Carter has teamed up with fellow Texas local Zak Mashburn in an effort to get the most out of his riding in the new year. A rolling style factory himself, Carter and his closest friends can kill it on anything with wheels, especially scooters and dirtbikes. The Yamaha ripper recently chatted with us to let us know just what he's been up to as well as what's on the bright horizon for the young #128 machine in 2015.
MP: Carter, how've you been? What's going on today in the Lone Star state?
Carter Halpain: I'm good today, back home in [Lubbock, Texas] it's snowing. Thank goodness I'm in the Dallas area and it's just raining.
After suffering with nearly a year of knee injuries and nagging pain, Monster Energy Team Green Kawasaki's Mark Worth still managed to rack up a slew of amazing finishes at nationals all across the States. After undergoing corrective surgery on his ACL and various other knee problems, Worth recently got back on his Kawasaki KX250f and is now feeling more comfortable than ever. With another year further on an elite team and plans to revamp his personal program in the coming months, Mark is gunning to take the top spot at a national near you. Before then however, keep your eyes peeled on the Arenacross: Ricky Carmichael Road to Supercross, as Worth plans to take his stab at the intense, talent filled, bar banging series before its conclusion and spring racing begins. We contacted Mark to see how his first day on the bike went, his plans on RC's Road To SX, his team, and more on his 2015 plans in the works.
South Carolina's Max Markolf has been just about everywhere but lately, jetting coast to coast. Spending time in California and Georgia, Max has now gotten well acquainted with his new Orange Brigade backed KTM's. Fresh off the injured reserve, the SevenMX backed ripper is coming back swinging with a solid plan in his first year with direct support from a manufacturer. All of this combined with the Stewart family mentoring the brothers quickly adds up to what could possibly be one of Markolf's best seasons yet. We reached out to Max after a day of riding with the Club57 crew to get the details on his banging new ride, his plans for 2015, and much more!
make the best out of the cards I was dealt. While rehabbing, I had a cool opportunity to go to Fall Diggity and help all of the kids with interviews and podium speeches which was an awesome experience! I was also fortunate enough to go to Hawaii which was a big highlight too! I've never been there before so it was for sure a check off of the bucket list! Just might have to settle down there one day in my old age haha!
California's Ryan Surratt is on his way to completing the Arenacross: Road to Supercross. After two rounds, Surratt worked his Blu Cru backed Yamaha into qualifying position at both rounds, earning two of the three necessary points to graduate the program. We caught up with Ryan as he traveled west from round two in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
In 2013, the amateur motocross community was introduced to a blazing fast young man by the name of Jerry Robin. In case you aren't familiar with the name, Jerry Robin is the kid who absolutely stuck it to his competition while racing a 1985 model Honda CR250, a bike over a decade older than himself. However, there is much more to Jerry than meets the eye...he's got as much personality as his trusty '85 two-stroke. Refusing to be held back by older bikes and budgetary constraints, Robin worked his way to each event and left it all out on the track earning himself support directly from factory Honda. Fast forward to 2015: Jerry is now back on the privateer train fighting once again to make his way back into the national race scene.
Jerry Robin: Mini O's 2012 was a great week for me actually! I got my pins pulled from my thumb two days before Mini O's and I told my parents I wanted to go just for the heck of it. I think because I finally had a good mindset and no pressure I truly raced to the best I could and I left with my first moto win at a national in the Schoolboy class! It's crazy how your mindset can change your result. Like the first time I busted out the 1985, I didn't have a 250 and I decided to race B class last second. People loved it and it was great!
Orange Brigade KTM's Daniel Baker recently relocated to Florida in an effort to focus and develop the most fail proof program possible. The Kentucky kid has been making waves in amateur motocross since his mini days and no less should be expected of him as he continues to take on the A class. Contrary to most of his fellow racers, Baker won't be participating in the Road to Supercross as he has already acquired his pro license. From one premier team to another, the former Rockstar Elite rider is now aboard an Orange Brigade backed KTM and is more motivated to win this spring than ever! We caught up with Daniel after a day of riding with his trainer Ronnie Tichnor to find out what he's doing to prepare for 2015.