At 20 years of age coming out of Newhall, CA is the #121 of Rj Wageman. Being on the alternate list for the Monster Cup, Rj has been preparing himself just in case he gets to make his debut in front of the 40,000 fans at Sam Boyd Stadium. Rj plans to be riding a lot of supercross throughout the rest of the year to be prepared to make his pro debut in the 2016 250 West Coast Supercross Championship. We recently sat down with Rj to get caught up on what he's been up to and to get a little background information on how it all began for him.
course the text messages started to roll in; "hey are you riding today? ….dude I bet the hills are so prime right now, let’s go" etc.... My brother gets out of school at noon so I started to get the bikes ready to ride and load up the truck. Around 2pm my brother Robbie, close friend Justin Hoeft, and I headed out into the hills of Castaic, CA. We had a blast! The dirt was incredible and we didn't stop riding till it was dark. We then went and had some sushi for dinner and called it a day.
MP: Talk about your training regimen and what you do to stay in shape for racing.
RJ Wageman: I was introduced to physical education in middle school and ever since then I have fallen in love with exercising. I am a member at a local gym near my house called the Santa Clarita Fitness Center. It’s a smaller gym but they offer some really great classes along with carrying all the proper tools to stay fit. My best friend Spencer Rathkamp is a professional mountain bike racer and my next door neighbor Neil Shirley is an ex professional road bike racer. Neil trains Spencer on the bicycle and I tend to try my best and follow what I can of his program. So, of course I love to get on the mountain and road bike a couple times a week and get pushed around to get stronger. Recently I have added a little bit more weight training and running to my fitness schedule. I'm only 4 weeks into my new program but I really enjoy it and I know it will make me an all-around stronger athlete. As far as riding during the week, I like to get two good days of riding in and ride or race both Saturday and Sunday. Sometimes riding to much can do more harm than it can benefit you. I want to have a good balance on and off the bike and you have to stay hungry.
Coming out of Clermont, FL is the #43 of Cullin Park, or as some people know him as "CP." Cullin has been staying on the grind between doing homework, going to swim meets for school and getting plenty of seat time in on his bike during the weekends. With his busy schedule we took the opportunity to catch up with CP to see how things have been going down in Florida and to see where he plans on racing the rest of this year.
anything needed to be done for my bikes like cleaning filters, washing my bikes or if I’m riding that weekend I will get my riding gear ready.
MP: Talk a little more about your training and how you prepare yourself for racing.
Cullin Park: The training I do is a little different compared to my competition. I attend public school so I don’t live at a training facility and I do not ride every day or really hardly ever even during the week. My main source of training is the swimming I do. It helps me with my cardio as well as strength. When I ride (which is mainly on weekends) I do motos and will work on my corners because that’s where the races are won.
MP: Your last race... where was it and how did it go?
Cullin Park: My last race I did was in New Hampshire, which followed right after Loretta’s. I went up north and stayed with my buddy and we did a race at Winchester. That race was a lot of fun, track was good, and overall I had a great day. I won 4 out of 6 moto’s. I won all my supermini and 85 motos but I also rode Youth B (250 class) on a supermini and I ended up fifth place in that. The Youth B class was definitely a tough one where I had to work really hard to catch up after bad starts. I was able to find some great lines that the big bikes weren’t using which made the race a lot of fun. Overall it was a great day of racing for me!
KTM Orange Brigade backed athlete, Daxton Bennick is working hard both on and off the track to show he is a title contender. His results are showing he his on his way to the top as he won a total of 11 out of 12 motos last weekend at Silver Dollar Raceway. We sat down with the part time freestyle rider to see what he's been up to lately and to see what he's got in store for the rest of the season.
MP: Your last race, where was it and how did it go?
Daxton Bennick: I just races the Vurb Classic this past weekend and I won 11 of 12 Motos. I won the overall in the 50 (7-8), 50 (open) and the 65 (7-9).
MP: Sounds like your hard work is paying off! What's your plans for the rest of the season?
Daxton Bennick: I'm planning to do some testing on new KTM's and getting everything dialed in and ready for Mini O's!
Backed by Rock River Power Sports is the #23 of Jamison DuClos. They say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree which is proved to be true as Jamison is following in his father's footsteps of racing and being involved in school athletics as well. Jamison has been making a scene at the track lately, proving he has what it takes to run up front. After bringing home a championship from the Baja Brawl we caught up with Jamison to see how things are going and where he plans on racing next.
Wednesday, and Friday I am done with school at 1:37 and do homework from then until 3:45 when I have football practice. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I go up to the college here at UW-Whitewater and take English 101 from 2-3:15, which is the end of our school day here at Whitewater High School. After football practice I grab my little brother, go home, take a shower and work on homework. We typically eat dinner and all help clean up. After dinner I finish the last of my homework and enjoy watching TV or playing x-box until I go to bed around 9.
MP: Talk about your debut at the Brawl, you walked away with some solid finishes and even brought home the #1 plate in 250 2-Stroke.
Jamison DuClos: When I arrived at the brawl it looked a bit wet. We usually have trouble pulling in because of all the sand and the size/weight of our rig, so I was a little worried we may get stuck. The track actually turned out to be really good Friday during practice. I tried to ride my new 2016 Yz450F in practice but the combination of sand, a new bike, and never riding a 4-stroke I figured it was best to stick with the 250 2-stroke. The racing was great. I got the hole shot every moto in the 2-stroke capturing the championship, however the 450 B didn't go as well. Friday night I had family friends come to the track to visit. Since they live in MI about an hour away from the Baja we don't get to see them very often so it was great to be able to catch up. After they left I went and watched the awesome whip contest and then hit the sack. Saturday night after I finished racing I came in the motor home and worked on my homework until 9:30 that night. Sunday night I watched the side x side races which were really crazy at some points, however it was still so cool to watch. After that I was off to the pond-appaloosa where I watched mini mad Mike ride a bike through fire into the pond. There was the belly flop contest and of course the wheelie boys tearing it up for another great show.
Coming out of Wisconsin is the #43 of Carter Biese. Carter made his debut at the Baja Brawl where he meant business. Laying it all out on the track, he did exactly what he came to do, win. Carter walked away with a total of 3 championships and was rewarded with the "Spotlight Rider of the Week" award as well. We sat down with Carter to see how things have been going lately and to see what his plans are for the rest of the year.
MP: Talk about your debut at the Baja Brawl, how did that go?
Carter Biese: The Baja Brawl was awesome! I went into it wanting to win but not as an expectation. Friday’s practice didn’t go to good, I fell a lot and just wasn’t putting in good sessions. But by the time Saturday morning rolled around I was on top of my game. I went out and won my first moto of the day followed by a second and another win-- a great start to the weekend! Sunday started the second set of moto’s. I was just in the flow that day. My 9-13 I decided to try some different gearing because I had felt like I was in between gears the day before. I ended up loving it so we stuck with it. In that moto I got a solid start and passed a few people and rode to another moto win. In Mini Sr 2 I started way bad in like 10th and made my way into the lead half way through the 2nd lap, resulting in another moto win. My last moto of the day was Mini Sr 1 which I ended up winning again. The third set of moto’s on Sunday started off great with a great holeshot and moto win in 9-13. Giving me a 1-1-1 and the championship. In Mini Sr 2 I got another good holeshot and passed the leader early on the first lap and cruised to a moto win. I ended that class with a 2-1-1 giving me another championship. My last class of the day (Mini Sr 1) got a little delay due to lightning. The track was kind of greasy so I knew I just need to put in some strong and consistent laps with no falls. I got my first holeshot of the week and was leading until I layed it down in a corner, giving the lead over. Luckily, I was able to stay in second securing me my third title of the week! But what tops it all of is winning the “Spotlight Rider of the Week" award. I wasn't expecting to get it, but I kind of knew about it from different events. I was also thinking someone like Kobusch or Forkner was going to get the award if there was one. So when Pat handed me the award I was super surprised and honored to win it! As far as the afternoon activities at the Brawl, my favorite was the best whip, some of those dudes were upside down! Each and every activity was off the hook! Its “The FUNNEST Race All Year” thanks to Pat and his crew.
At 17 years of age coming from Alexandria, MN is the #266 of Gavin Wilkins. Gavin made his debut at the Baja Brawl in 250 B, 450 B, 450 B Limited, and Schoolboy 2, walking away with a total of 3 championships and a solid 3rd place finish in Schoolboy 2. We sat down with Gavin to see what he's been up to and what he plans on doing for the rest of the season.
MP: Talk about your debut at the Baja Brawl and how it went.
Gavin Wilkins: I've been racing the Baja Brawl for the past 3 years, it's one of my favorite races of the year. They easily have the best activities and events going on, after the races the people are great, there's pit bikes ripping around everywhere, it's all around a great time. The first year I was there the only person I knew was Sam Wise and now after traveling and racing all over the country I've met so many people that go there and it makes it so much better. I went into the weekend with a lot of confidence. I'm a sand rider at heart, I love to hang it out and I'm really comfortable on that track. I hit all the jumps the second lap and every lap on that track is so much fun.
Backed by Rides Unlimited is the #625 of Jonah Geistler, Coming out of Newark, IL. Jonah recently made his debut at the Baja Brawl where his luck fell short, causing him to pack up early with a broken arm. Down but not out, he plans to come back stronger than ever and ready to run up front. We caught up with Jonah to see what happened and what his plans are for the rest of the season.
wasn't riding my race bike, me and my friends were on pit bikes. There was a pit bike track on the top of the hill and there was always a bunch of people up there. Practice went really good on Friday and I felt great going into motos the next day. Friday night was the whip contest and there was some awesome whips. I tried to get as close to the action as I could. When it was over, I ended up swimming in the pond with a few friends because the water was very warm. Saturday went great. I race my first moto in the afternoon and I got 11th in 125 B/C. I got a bad start and kind of got cut off but I battled back through the pack as hard as I could. That night was the pit bike race. I didn't race it because I was an early moto in the morning but I was a "mechanic" for my friend Clayton Slamans. He got 3rd in his heat which put him in the main, but he "just had fun" in the main. When Sunday came around, I was second moto in the morning and felt good. The track was prime and there was no ruts on the faces of the jumps. I didn't get a good start which put me around 12th on the first lap. There was a rider that was pushed off of the track and unfortunately he got back onto the track right in front of me causing me to high side and fall into the berm on my right shoulder. I was able to walk off of the track and get into the ranger where the medics assisted me.
Switching things up a little bit, from a Kawasaki to a Factory Connection backed Honda150r is the #122 of Carson Mumford. Carson recently switched to Honda after getting offered a deal he couldn't refuse. With a lot of testing on the new bike, we caught up with the upcoming star to see how things are going and what his plans are for the rest of the year.
MP: Motoplayground checking in. What's going on today?
Carson Mumford: I got up at 6:00am and headed out to Pala. I got there around 9:30. Got some training in with my trainer Buddy Antunez and some of my MX buddies like Conner Mullinex. Then we left and stopped at one of my favorite deli's. Its in a gas station out at Pala. Then we went to the Geico shop to drop off my bikes and they worked on a few things before we left. Did some homework on some down time at Geico. GOt home at 7:30 and Im about to take a shower and get in bed....off to school in the am.
MP: An education is always important. How has school been going?
Carson Mumford: School is school..... I go to a public charter school. I have school Tuesday thru Friday and my teachers are really understanding if I have to miss for motocross stuff. My favorite subject is math cause it comes easy to me and I like that there is a right or wrong answer you don't have to analyze it to much.
MP: Talk a little more about your training and what it consist of.
Carson Mumford: On the track I train with Budman and the crew at Milestone, Perris, Glen Helen, and Pala. Budman has his set training agenda. We usually starts with a Moto, then we work sections and finish up with Motos. After Lorettas the main things that changed is the length of the motos. The motos shorter and we also don't wear sweat shirts. Things have been going really well. Im just working on getting my new bike set up and learning all about 4 strokes. Off the track I rode bike and and meet with a personal trainer usually 2 times a week. Its more of a cross fit type of work out.
Training with Jerry Masterpool at His956 Training Facility is Dustin Winter, from Clearwater, Kansas. A minor set back would keep Dustin off the bike for a week. Now ready to get back on the bike he's ready to continue on putting in work both on and off the track to get prepared for the stacked A class. We caught up with Dustin to get the scoop on what's been happening lately and what his plans are for the rest of the season.
MP: Being a top competitor in this sport takes a lot of work both on and off the bike. What's your training regimen like, how do you prepare for your races?
Dustin Winter: I train down at His 956 in Texas with Jerry Masterpool. Once lorretas got over we got right back at it training and working hard. A normal day for me is wake up in the morning eat some breakfast and get ready to ride. Then I head up to the shop at 8:45 and get ready to head down to the track. We meet down at the track with jerry and we get ready for our first session. Jerry has us do three Motos a day and we do 25 minute Motos. Once were done riding I rest up a little and get ready to head to the gym. After I get done at the gym I usually do my bike work. And then for the rest of the day I hang out with my buddies and get ready to do it the next day. Right now I'm taking a week of letting my ankle heal up because I sprained it but I'm am ready to get back on the bike.
MP: What's your plans for the remainder of the season, leading into next year?
Dustin Winter: My plans for the rest of the year is keep training and working hard so I can better myself. I plan on moving up to the A class so that is pretty exciting. I feel pretty good going into the A class as long as I keep working with Jerry Masterpool and training hard those are the keys to winning races.
KTM Orange Brigade backed athlete, Hunter Yoder has been up front all year making a name for himself. The Team Dunlop Elite Athlete has been putting in the work both on and off the track. Now that end of the season is only a few months away we caught up with Hunter to see what he's been up to and where he plans on racing for the remainder of the year.
MP: What's the most challenging obstacle that comes with racing for you?
Hunter Yoder: Nothing is really to hard for me it's mostly just making sure I ride when I need to.
MP: Talk about being a part of the KTM Orange Brigade and what it's like to be part of such a supportive team.
Hunter Yoder: Being part of the Orange Brigade is awesome! It feels like I'm racing on a factory team. They have helped me so much with everything. Being on the team means so much to me. This is my third year on the team and each year is better and better.