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!
WORDS: REDFERRIN / PHOTOS: MILLS
Monster Energy Team Green Kawasaki elite Mitchell Harrison has been busy banging bars in the Arenacross Lites class, racking up a pair of heat race wins as well as a big main event victory in his home state. Making Michigan proud, Harrison battled his way to the top spot on Saturday night in Grand Rapids, etching his name on the Road To Supercross winners list. With an undeniable amount of steam behind him, 2015 is Mitchell's for the taking.
MP: Mitchell, thanks for taking the time to talk with us! Congrats on the win on Saturday. Let's start with last week. You burst onto the Arenacross Lites scene with a big heat race win and ended your first main just inside the top ten. Take me through your first night in Arenacross.
Mitchell Harrison: Thank you! It felt great to be on the top step of the podium! I started the night off really good with a heat race win and I was feeling really confident coming into Arenacross. I felt really prepared and ready to take on a new challenge. Going into the main, I felt like I was the one to beat. I got an alright holeshot and worked my way to third but the guys in Arenacross are very aggressive and it took me a while to get used to that. I ended up crashing and taking ninth but it was a good first night. I learned a lot and that's all I can ask for.
The #457 ride of Darian Sanayei has been setting the motocross community ablaze for quite some time now, earning himself the title "national champion" on many occasions throughout his tenure as an amateur. No stranger to the podium, Darian stuck himself on the top of the box once again at round one of the Amsoil Arenacross Series in the AX Lites class in Cincinnati, Ohio. We caught up with the Monster Energy Team Green recruit after securing his first of three necessary points to graduate through the Ricky Carmichael: Road to Supercross. After facing splashes of doubt and adversity head on throughout his career, Darian has proven time and time again that he refuses to be counted out. With his strong will and stronger support system, 2015 looks to be very promising for the Washington native.