Gainesville, FL – Terminal Velocity’s newest team member, motocross rider Thomas Covington, kicked things off in the right direction by winning big at the 37th annual Winter National Motocross Olympics at the famed Gatorback Cycle Park near Gainesville, Florida. Covington, an 11 year old racer from Vernon, Alabama, riding his Monster Energy Kawasaki, won both the Supercross and Motocross events by significant margins, giving him the coveted title of Olympiad Champion in the 85cc (9-11) classes.
Covington started the week off with some adversity by falling in the first supercross qualifier but battled back for a 6th place finish. The Dunlop shod speedster would not look back and went on to win all of his other heats and races and taking home titles in the 85cc mod (9-11) Supercross, 85cc Mod Motocross and the 85cc Stock Motocross. All scores combined to give Covington the Overall supercross, Overall Motocross and the Olympiad Title in the 85cc (9-11). The Pro Circuit backed rider set the fasted lap times of the class all week and finishes the 2008 season with 6 national titles and 11 podium finishes. Covington won all four of his Motocross motos at the prestigious 37 year-old event.
“I just got great starts all week and that was probably the biggest thing”, stated Covington. “My KX 85’s ran great all week and I really felt good on the bikes. Pro Circuit built me a great mod bike and Ryan (Holiday) and the guys at Team Green worked hard to help all of us out”, Covington continued. “This is the most consistent I have been here at Gatorback and Dunlop’s new tires worked really well on the hard and rough track out there”.
“Thomas got it done this week for us and we are proud for him and the team”, stated Team Green motocross manager Ryan Holiday. “Thomas really stepped up for us and added to a great week for Team Green. I am looking forward to 2009 and Thomas’ continued development on the team”.
Terminal Velocity Racing also got to see its newest Motocross athlete in action. “We are really excited to be a part of this win for Thomas”, stated Joe Parsons, Marketing Director of Terminal Velocity Processing. “Thomas really kicked things off with a splash for us and our involvement in amateur MX”.