CARLSBAD, Calif. – In 2008 Spy Optic enjoyed what was arguably its finest year ever as a goggle manufacturer when it routinely held a higher percentage of top ten supercross and motocross riders in the standings than any other goggle manufacturer out there.
Pretty cool stuff for everyone at Spy, yeah. But the company’s not going to pat itself on the back too much. The gate drops on Anaheim 1 this weekend and all the great things that went down in the ’08 competition season will soon be forgotten as the new Spy Optic SX racers get after it at Angel Stadium this Saturday night.
Leading the Spy Optic supercross contingent, as he has for some time now, will be veteran racer and fan-favorite Kevin “K-Dub” Windham (Geico Powersports/Honda). The good-natured and fiercely fast Louisianan has helped Spy and co-founder Jeremy “Showtime” McGrath elevate the Spy Optic Magneto and Alloy model MX goggles – each of which feature the legendary riders’ signatures in the pro model line.
“I’ve been with Spy forever and look forward to another great year with them,” said Windham. “Both the Spy pro model Magneto and Alloy goggles do a great job in all kinds of conditions – which everyone who rides and races motocross are well aware of. Nothing’s worse than having your goggles fog up or scratched, get saturated with sweat, allow dust into your eyes or have a strap that won’t stick to your helmet. Spy’s got all these departments covered well and that’s why I run ‘em.”
Teaming up with Windham this year will be defending 2008 WSX Lites champ Jason “JLaw” Lawrence, along with veteran supercross racer Nick Wey. Running Yamahas under the new Boost Mobile/ampm/Monster Energy/Troy Racing banner, Lawrence not only brings with him a title to defend, but a spark to the Spy Optic SX program that’ll for sure deliver a lot of fans and traffic to www.spyoptic.com based on Lawrence’s HUGE legion of loyal followers.
“Spy’s sick, man. I ran them for a long time - am pumped to be running them again - and, if all goes right, we’ll bring another Lites title to Spy – just like (Trey) Canard’s last year,” said Lawrence.
Wey, who put up factory KTM’s best numbers ever in the 450 class last year, is always a top-five threat in the SX class and as consistent as they come over the course of a 16-round supercross season. “Spy’s always had that ‘cool edge’ that a lot of the other goggle manufacturers tried to produce – but could never quite get,” said Wey. “I think it’s because of McGrath. He turned Spy into gold back in the day and people have never forgot it. And I’m looking forward to representing with them this year.”
Rounding out the major factory and smaller privateer team efforts for Spy Optic’s supercross program will be the newly-formed Atomic Racing/Cernic’s Kawasaki team. Led by last year’s top supercross privateer, Paul Carpenter, and featuring his fellow New Yorker buddy Bobby Kiniry and cousin, Jack Carpenter, the NY locals have a shot of getting Spy Optic an extra couple guys in premier class’ top 12 standings.
Up first for the Spy Optic-backed supercross racers is the opening round of the 2008 Monster Energy Supercross Series at Anaheim’s (Calif.) Angels Stadium (Jan. 3).
About Spy Spy Optic designs, develops and markets premium products for the action sports and youth lifestyle markets. Spy’s principal products, sunglasses and goggles, target the action sports market, including surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, motocross, wakeboarding and skiing, and the youth lifestyle market within fashion, music, and entertainment. Spy’s innovative proprietary products utilize high-quality materials, handcrafted manufacturing processes and engineered optical lens technology to convey premium quality, contemporary style, and progressive design. Spy is a wholly owned subsidiary of Orange 21, Inc. (NASDAQ:ORNG). www.spyoptic.com
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