Joey Crown, rider of the #35 Kawasaki backed by Monster Energy Team Green Kawasaki is on the prowl. Joey recently raced at Redbud, dominating the 250 B , Schoolboy 2, and Open B classes. Crown has been training and getting prepared for his next national at Mammoth where he plans on riding smooth consistent laps straight to the checkers. We sat down with Joey to see what he's got planned for the rest of season.
MP: Last weekend you raced at Redbud, how did it go?
Joey Crown: Last weekend went pretty good I raced 250 B, Schoolboy 2 and Open B. I was able to get the overall in all the classes. The weekend before I raced at Bulldog Mx and they had a 2-stroke money Moto and I was on my kx 125 against a bunch of 250 2-strokes. I was able to get a fourth place start and made it to second on the first lap but the leader had a nine second lead so I had to put the hammer down and catch him once I caught him we had a pretty good battle then I was able to come away with a win & some $
Making waves on the west coast is the #342 of Michael Mosiman, backed by the KTM Orange Brigade. Mosiman had an outstanding performance at the California Classic where he came home with a championship in Schoolboy 2, a 2nd in 250 mod, and a 3rd in 250 B Limited. Michael plans to carry his momentum throughout the rest of the year and land his KTM on top of the box at Loretta's. We caught up with Michael to see what his goals are and how he plans on executing them.
MP: Talk about your training regimen and what you do to prepare yourself against the competition.
Michael Mosiman: I usually ride four times a week, two of those times with my riding coach Nathan Ramsey. One of the best things about Nathan is that he goes to all the amateur nationals with KTM and he can see where I need work and where I'm doing good, which is huge. The first you have to do to get better is to look at the weaknesses. For example, at the Spring Nationals I wasn't able to go fast right out the gate drop. It took me a few laps before I started picking it up. We realized that and worked on intensity right off the bat. It paid off as I was very strong in the beginning of the races at California Classic. In the gym I work with Eddie Casillas at iCon sports gym in Temecula CA three days a week. His training in my opinion is second to none. You may not notice a difference now, or next week. But in the long run, I'm confident when I turn pro I won't have problems going 30 minutes. Most of the stuff we do, I know none of my competition is doing. In a few years when the roots run deep you will be able to pull up this interview and quote me on it!
Riding for Monster Energy Team Green Kawasaki is the #82 of Garrett Marchbanks from Coalville, Utah. Garrett has been slamming in the hours training both on and off the track at Club MX getting prepared Loretta qualifiers and Mammoth. At just 13 years old The Dunlop Team Elite rider has no intentions on stopping anytime soon so watch out...
MP: Tell me about your training and what you do to prepare yourself for race day.
Garrett Marchbanks: I train at Club MX In chesterfield, South Carolina. At club we have a set schedule depending on weather. We do a little warm up in the morning, schooling and then ride. Afterwards we work out, cycle or mountain bike. I have a little chill time with Buddies and then usually a little more school and then bedtime. We recently came home for a month or so. To prepare myself for race day I need to get plenty of sleep, stay hydrated and eat good. I also cycle to help me get ready.
Make some noise for the #285 of Marshal Weltin, Hailing from Ubly, Michigan. Marshal has his eyes on the prize, and that is ending his last year as an amateur with a bang. Marshal has been putting in the work and feels confident he can bring home some championships this year. With the mindset of this northern dirt till'n sum gun anything is possible. We caught up with Marshal to see what he's got in mind for the rest of the year.
Marshal Weltin: I feel like I can write a book about training at Club Mx. There is always something going on, but I will take you through a day. 7 am we start out with a gym workout with our trainer Sarah. We then follow that up with breakfast. We start riding at 9:30 and end around 1. After riding we have a group cycle at 3 o'clock. Following the cycle is a stretch session, then dinner! After dinner is our chill time, (bike work/prepping for the next day). Also every Wednesday I compete in a mountain bike race series in charlotte.
MP: Talk about your last race and how it went.
Marshal Weltin: My last race was the thunder valley qualifier in TN. It was a bit of a struggle. I holeshotted my first 250 A moto, high sided and messed up my knee. After my crash I kind of put it in salvage mode and just tried to qualify to get through to the regional. I'm hoping to be back to normal in about a week. Just a sprain I believe.
Coming from Clermont Florida is the #144 of Brock Papi, backed by the KTM orange Brigade team. Papi has been killing it in the moto scene whether it be on the west coast, east coast or in between Papi has been gettin' Er did. Bringing home another championship home from the California Classic, Brock is looking to carry his momentum into the rest of the season, setting his standards high.
Brock Papi: Orange brigade puts a lot of time into there team and effort. The camp was a blast. I really enjoyed the tracks they took us to and the training. Orange brigade is an awesome team to be apart of and the riders on the team are really cool.
Training at MTF is the #83 Yamaha rider of Lorenzo Locurcio from Venezuela. Lorenzo has been turning up the heat in California showing the west coast he means business by bringing home a championship in Open Pro Sport. Now that the California classic is over it's back on the grind training for Loretta's. We got the chance to catch up with Lorenzo to see what his plans are for the rest of the year.
MP: You raced at the California Classic walk me through your weekend there and how it went.
Lorenzo Locurcio: We decided to adventure the west coast I've never been in California until the classic so it was good we went a week early to know all the tracks and tourism alittle bit it's definely different than east coast but it was fun I enjoyed racing was good I came away with a championship in open pro sport (2-1-1) and got a second in 450 A ( 7-1-1) then in 250 I had some up and downs finished 6 overall . It was a different experience and environment it was cool to do something different and I'm glad my parents where there with me helping me out and giving me anything I needed to succeed
California Native known for his epic jump at LACR where he brought the term "SEND IT" to a whole new level, hitting a 250ft quad 5th gear pinned on his yamaha . At just 16 years old Rookie White lives for anything that gives him an Adrenaline rush, whether it involves jumping off cliffs, BMX, or lining up on the gate next to 39 other crazy motocross fanatics Rookie is ready. After winning a two championships at the California Classic we got the chance to catch up with Rookie to see what he has planned for this year.
MP: Talk a little bit more about your training and what it takes to bring home championships.
Rookie White: My training consist of a 8mile loop on the road every morning just warm me up then ill go to the gym to do swimming or running and some plyometrics and or explosive cardio circuits. Honestly it takes some luck,hard work on and off the track, dedication, and believing in yourself that you can do it.
All the way from The Land Down Under, also known as Australia is the # 28 of Mackenzie Tricker. Tricker recently made the trip out to California where she finished a solid 2nd place overall in the WMX class at Glen Helen for the California Classic. Tricker has been working hard both on and off the track, putting miles on her bike, and hours in the gym. Next stop for the WMX series is at Hangtown and Tricker is bringing her A game so watch out.
MP: Training at a facility is crucial with todays competition, what's it like over at Club MX?
Mackenzie Tricker: I have been at Club MX for nearly a year now, I am only here while for the season, I'm always striving to reach the next level and keep a solid fitness base so it's great to be at a place where there's 15-20 kids all pushing for the same thing and are there to push you along, and the days that you don't feel 100% you have that extra motivation. The program changes depending on the time of year, right now we are gearing up for Lorettas and the outdoors so we have been stepping up both time on the track and cardio time off the track. We have days where it will be Moto's then we have days where it's intervals which includes 1 lappers up to 4 lappers and we typically cycle 3-4 days a week.
Dj Macfarlane, rider of the #182 Honda is trying to find a way to get his bike to the California Classic this week. The Florida Native has been training both on and off the bike to prepare himself for the Loretta qualifiers. With this being his last year as an amateur Dj plans to end it with high expectations. We got the chance to catch up with him to see what has been cooking in the Florida heat.
DJ Macfarlane: I was into baseball for a few years, nothing serious. But my cousins had bikes they rode around their house and I had to have one. I really wasn't into racing at first, I'd rather have the dogs chase me around the back yard haha. But I went out to the local track quite a bit and one day it just clicked and I've never let it go.
MP: What's the rest of this year look like for you?
DJ Macfarlane: I'm still trying to get to the California classic, just no luck getting a bike out there. But if it happens I'll be there, also going to hit Loretta's for sure. I really want to do monster cup, so far that's the schedule. Things change so you never know. My goals are set pretty high, this is my last year as an amateur and I've already shown myself I can run up front. So if I stay healthy I think I'll have no problem bring a few championship back home.
The #559 of Dylan Merriam is putting Freestone in the past and looking forward to the future.
Dylan has his sights set on the California Classic. With a clear mind and great people backing him, the west coast shredder has what it takes to win. We got the chance to catch up with Dylan to see what's been going on lately.
Dylan Merriam: To be honest Freestone was a bit of a disappointment for me this year. The track was in good condition considering the rain but it was as smooth as a freeway. I felt that my speed was good and I had a few top 5 finishes but struggled with some bike set up, crashes and inconsistent starts. All in all it was just one of those weeks you forget about and move forward.