In a field that was dominated by factory-backed riders, the MDK/Warthog Racing Academy/MotoConcepts privateers broke through at an astonishing rate at the 2009 Rockstar Energy Drink US Open at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, NV.
Only three privateers total made the mains over the two day event – two of those riders were standouts from the MDK/Warthog Racing Academy/MotoConcepts team.
Friday night’s action saw Chris Blose dominate the 2nd LCQ to advance to the final. In the final, Chris proved he belonged, running 3rd for many laps in front of a phalanx of factory warriors, before succumbing to a head first crash that pushed Chris back to an 11th place finish.
Chris Blose is supported by additional sponsors including Trick Stix, Bell Helmets, Fly Racing, Wves Edge Performance, DeCal Works, and Scott Goggles.
Daniel Blair was the man of the night on Saturday as he blasted a holeshot in the 2nd LCQ on a 2006 “Privateer Special” Honda 450 and totally decimated the field to earn his place in the main. After a horrendous start in the main, Daniel battled to an eventual 13th place finish after which he immediately left the arena to go play a gig as the lead singer of the “Main Event” rock band at a US Open after party. Daniel is certainly a multi-talented renaissance man!
Daniel’s other sponsors include CR1, Faultline Powersports, Scott Goggles, and Renthal.
Also riding for the team at the US OPEN were Tiger Lacey and Mike Horban. They both put in solid effort but just missed opportunities to qualify for the mains.
As always, there was Stitch, the team’s Crew Chief (and Chris Blose’s mechanic), who worked himself to the bone to give everyone of these kids a chance to compete on the track. Stitch just gets down to business and makes things happen.
And probably most helpful to the team was the support provided by the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute Internship program. MMI provided three skilled technicians that helped with everything, including pit setup and tear down as well as servicing more race bikes than you can shake a stick at. Well done MMI!!
Said Scott Kandel, Chief Altruistic Officer of the Warthog Racing Academy, “With Chris and Daniel making the mains, I figure we placed two-thirds of the privateers in the mains. That’s a damn good batting average. I’m really looking forward to see how our 2009 reconstituted team will do at A1. I think it will be another great year for our riders and sponsors”
Special thanks to Dave Prater and Feld Entertainment for accommodating us so well and to the major sponsors that are with us week in and week out – MDK Motorsports, MDK Speed, MotoConcepts, DeCal Works, Smooth Industries, MMI, Transworld Motocross, RacerX, MotocrossGiant.com, GoProCameras, The Plumber Inc., Xtream Clean, and Round Wheels. With this fine group, anything is possible.
The Warthog Racing Academy is now recruiting sponsors and partners for the 2009 Supercross and Outdoor series. We give the most exposure for the least amount of money. Sponsors and Partners should contact Scott Kandel at 213 268-2659 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. We have great plans for 2009 that will rock the house!! Be part of it!!
We look forward to seeing you all at Anaheim 1 on Jan 3rd, 2009!!
MDK/Warthog Racing Academy/MotoConcepts would like to thank the followingsponsor's for their loyal support:
About MDK Motorsports and MDK Speed Equipment:
MDK Motorsports, LLC and MDK Speed Equipment, LLC are privately held companies and part of the MDK brand family of motocross related products and services. With 30 years of experience in Aerospace Engineering and a passion for high performance 4-stroke motocross bikes, MDK Speed Equipment delivers technology and products that have not been previously available to the general public.
AS 9003 aerospace manufacturing protocols are used, along with countless hours of dyno, flow bench, and track testing to enable MDK SE to provide products and services that deliver great performance and durability. MDK Motorsports and MDK Speed Equipment are located in San Jose, California. For more information go to www.MDKMoto.com or www.MDKSpeed.com
About Smooth Industries:
Smooth Industries LLC is the leader in Officially Licensed Motocross apparel and accessories using images and the likeness of the sports biggest names including Jeremy McGrath, Travis Pastrana, Chad Reed, Ryan Villopoto, Kevin Windham, Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki, Rockstar Makita Suzuki and more. It is our goal to provide quality motocross themed products for fans of all ages, giving them fresh and innovative designs to express their passion for not only their favorite riders and teams but the sport itself in hopes of continuing to aid in the overall growth of the sport of motocross. For more information, please visit our website at www.SmoothIndustries.com
About Warthog Racing:
Warthog Racing (WR) is a unique company formed to better the sport of motocross. WR is comprised of two distinct entities: the not for profit Warthog Racing Academy, created to conceptualize, fund, and execute meaningful programs aimed directly at supporting the privateers; and Warthog Enterprises (WE), which focuses on merchandise and entertainment products. The WR website is at www.WarthogRacing.com
About Synergy Racing Technologies:
Synergy Racing Technologies is a group of sponsors and individuals whose mission is to: conceptualize, fund, and execute meaningful programs aimed directly at supporting the Privateers thus helping to progress the sport we love. SRT is focused on providing their riders with the best platform to succeed while making optimal use of race team resources to maximize sponsorship value.
Synergy Racing Technologies would like to acknowledge the continued support of its partners: Warthog Racing, MDK, MediaZone Moto, P-LoK, DeCal Works, Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, Smooth Industries, ThePlumberInc.com , MotocrossGiant.com, AXO, RXR Protect, PowerStart Laptimers, Xtream Clean, Stomp Grip, United Martial Arts, Pivot Works/Hotcams, Round wheels. Special thanks to the NPG for supporting our vision. Each of these great companies shares a common belief -- supporting programs aimed at helping to progress the sport we love. Synergy Racing Technologies welcomes you to "Support those that support the Sport!"