AH to the hizzzy is in the house looking to make things happen for the 2015 season. The #299 of Ashton Hayes had a tough get off at Daytona leaving him with a broken foot. On the road to recovery, and Itching to ride you boy's better watch out when Hayes gets back on the track. Still training off the bike, It's going to take more than a broken foot to stop this Michigan native. We got a chance to talk with the man himself and see what the plans are lookin' like for the rest of the year.
Addison Emory burst onto the scene several years ago making a grand statement at Loretta Lynn's in the C class. Continuing to make waves as he has battled through the ranks, Emory is progressing further into the premier level of amateur motocross. The sacrifices a family living the moto life faces are something many know all too well, however with Emory's strong family based support team he is continuing to win the fight and chase the dream.
Addison Emory: I first got interested when I was around five and I watched Ricky Carmichael ride. My mom was a server at Applebee's and one of her regulars Tim Schmelyun gave her a motocross magazine and it had a Honda XR50 in it. I bugged them every day to get me one and they finally did. Then I rode that everyday in the back yard until they took me to a race at Hurricane Hills. I got second at my first race and the next day my dad bought me a Cobra 50 and that's it.
Some of the sports finest athletes hail from the great state of Michigan. The Rock River Yamaha rider Tim Badour is no exception. With the motorcycle gene pumping through the family bloodline even before he was born, it’s no surprise that Badour is where he’s at today. Every rider has a story, and if you get to know Tim well enough you’ll soon figure out why he hasn’t given up. If family losses and finances haven’t brought him down, nothing will. This kid is one to look out for.
Coming from the stompin' grounds of Motoplayground is the #218 of Dawson Kaub from Ottawa, KS. Kaub has been rippin' on his KTM backed by Letko Cycles. With only 3 years of experience on a dirt bike, Kaub had an impressive showing at Freestone last week where he was battling in front of the pack all week, brining home top 5 finishes in 4 different Novice classes. At only age 15 Dawson will be one to watch out for in near future. His wrist is locked, the throttle is pinned, and with his Dunlop tires throwing roost, he doesn't plan on letting up anytime soon.
MP: How did you get started into the sport of motocross?
Dawson Kaub: My dad and his cousin rode/raced when they were younger and every year since i was 5 years old we went to St. Louis Supercross to watch the races and I always wanted to ride but didnt really have the money to afford it, then when I turned 13 a month later I got a kx85 for Christmas and its been a great journey since then.
The #40 of Brandon Hartranft has been working his butt off...and his results are showing immensely. With capturing 5 championships from the three different Spring Nationals he raced in, it is safe to say Brandon is feeling comfortable on his Yamaha. Now that Spring Nationals are over we got a chance to catch up with Brandon to see what his next big plans are for this season.
The newest member of Team Green Kawasaki is the #172 of Hannah Hodges….yes you heard that correct. Hannah will no longer be on a Suzuki, with change of bikes this year she still plans to have yet another successful year dominating the track. Hannah has been staying on her training regimen to get prepared for the upcoming races, depending on when she gets released on her knee. We got the chance to catch up with Hodges and get the full scoop on what she has been up to.
Hannah: It really depends on the time of the year, before nationals we tend to do more motos than anything and In the gym they have a great program set up for us with a lot of cross fit type stuff
MP: Give us the lowdown on your knee injury from Mini O's.
Hannah: I landed the table by the hill at Gatorback and jumped out on the single after it and it was still soft so the dirt caught my peg and ripped my knee back, I had a full tear in my acl and got surgery in December and I've had a really good recovery so far. I go back to the doctor on the 24th with high hopes to be released but I've rode some trying out bikes and my knee feels really strong
The dirt slingin' #14 Cobra is unstoppable in the 50 (4-6) class for the liquid Nitro Arenacross Series, where he is currently in the points lead. Last year an unfortunate wreck at the Sunset Ridge Loretta Lynn Regional Qualifier left him short of being able to line up with the fastest riders in the country. Parker is feeling confident and has the need for speed as plans to continue working hard to be right in the mix of action at the 2015 Loretta Lynn's Amateur National. Watch out because the #14 is coming for you...
MP: What’s up Motoplayground here, to start of with tell us what you’ve been up to today..
Parker Kiebach: Today has been another good day at David Harrison Elementary School learning and having fun with my friends. I have also been preparing myself for this weekend’s Liquid Nitro ArenaCross race in Tulsa, OK where I will be competing in the 50cc 4-6 class and also the 50cc Open class on my 2013 Cobra 50 JR and my 2014 King Cobra 50. We’ve had a break for a few weeks so I am very anxious to get back on the track and race.
MP: What got you started in the sport of motocross?
Parker Kiebach: My parents bought me a motorcycle for my 5th birthday. After riding in fields and on flat surfaces for three months, I decided I wanted to race (mostly, this decision was from watching the SuperCross races I had attended in St. Louis). At this time, I we were unfamiliar with any of the local tracks except 1. The only opportunity to practice on this track to see if I would enjoy it was on days when races were scheduled. We took my 2013 CRF50 to the track on race day so I could ride on a motocross track. After going out and practicing twice, my parents asked me what I wanted to do next. My immediate response was “I want to race”. Needless to say, we stayed and raced that same night. I was hooked!
All gold everything! Andrew Maroney's about that life and if you don't believe him, just watch! Slinging golden whips like the rap game's Trinidad James is Maroney's new focus, taking it back to the roots of simply enjoying riding his dirtbike. Pushing forward into a new niche of moto, Andrew is preparing to help transform the best whip business. Choosing to step aside from racing was a big decision, yet with style and flow like his there's no doubt Maroney's about to step it up to a totally different level.
Missouri native, Sawyer Jentzsch has been an impressive sight to see at the Liquid Nitro Arenacross races. Leading in points for three different classes, the little ripper plans to carry his momentum throughout the season as he plans to put in the effort to make his debut at the premier Amateur National, Loretta Lynn's.
Coconut Creek, Florida based Ramyller Alves has been on everyone's radar for quite a while now.
After a string of impressive rides through the 85 and supermini ranks, Alves continued his strong finishes the following season on big bikes. Now a year smarter, wiser, and faster, Ramyller is gunning for the top spot once again going 100 percent into the new race season...putting in OT, over time, not off time. With experiences all across the moto board and a strong program behind him, Ramyller is confident in his ability to put the number 222 Yamaha back on top once again this year.
MP: Where have you been riding to prepare for the upcoming season? Tell us about what you're doing to get ready to fight for the top spot in 2015?
Ramyller Alves: I've been riding at Miami MX with my trainer Nicolas Stankov, he's been a big part of my program! We've been working really hard together to get me confident and comfortable. Working on everything from Motos, sprints, starts, to corners.