MDK/Warthog Racing St. Louis ReportThursday, March 26, 2009 | 11:51 AM
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Newbury Park, CA - The 2009 AMA Monster Energy Supercross series traveled north from the “Big Easy” to the “Gateway City” of St. Louis. The Fans and racers were greeted by fabulous weather and a track designed by the World’s Most Famous Motorcycle Racer Travis Pastrana, which Travis said was inspired by the 1980’s Supercross video game Excitebike. It certainly was unique and most seemed to enjoy the playful charm of the layout. It indeed suited the MDK/Warthog Racing Academy riders and the Warthog Nation graduates as the team reached new heights for the season.Tyler Wharton, # 831 Ryan Smith, #198 Jacob Saylor, #566 Logan Martin, #309 Spencer Dally, and #811 Josh Lichtle.
Many Warthog Nation graduates were also set to go fight for respectability and fame. As always, Warthog Racing Team Captain Heath Voss, newly teamed with MotoConcepts Racing and Leader of the Privateer of the Year race was on hand, as well as the other MotoConcepts riders who represent the Warthog movement with recent graduates #979 Ben Coisy, #911 Tyler Bowers, and #719 Vince Friese.
And let’s not forget our old pal and veteran #125 Daniel Blair, who bleeds Warthog green. Daniel has made an amazing comeback, which has been even more incredible since he landed a factory-supported ride on the Geico Powersports Honda.
Of the 14 riders of the Warthog Nation, all made it through timed qualifying with ease. For the fourth week in a row, the Warthog Nation made up 25% of the Lites class, which is record that won’t easily be broken. In the Supercross class, all four riders made it again to the big show; they ended up comprising 10% of the heat races. Top qualifying Warthogs included Tyler Bowers, Ben Coisy, Daniel Blair, Cody “Happy” Gilmore, Vince Friese, and Spencer Dally.
Lites heat #1 saw Cody Gilmore, the comeback kid for the ages, score an easy 8th place and a transfer to the main. Vince Friese holeshot the race on his powerful MDK Speed Honda and settled for a season best 3rd place finish. Dennis Jonon, Josh Lichtle, and Ryan Smith had races they’d rather forget as they pondered their chances in the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ).
The second Lites heat saw Jacob Saylor, Daniel Blair, and Spencer Dally score 7th, 8th, and 9th, respectively, giving them the voucher need to make the main. It was Spencer’s first trip to the ultimate in Supercross Lites racing; he would now join the 20 best Lites riders in the world on the starting gate of the main event. A lonely Tyler Wharton struggled through the heat and sealed his fate for the evening – either dominate the LCQ or go home. Those now were his only choices.
In the second big bike heat, Tyler Bowers matched Voss’ 6th to take his spot in the main. Tyler has now made the main five times in a row, an excellent run for the 17-year old protégé. Ben Coisy had a bad crash in the heat and wasn’t able to line up for the LCQ.
The Lites LCQ was next and Tyler Wharton was up to the challenge. He gated well and ran a strong second the whole race, beating such notable riders as Broc Tickle and Branden Jesseman to take the final spot in the main. Jonon, Lichtle, Smith, and Logan missed the coveted first and second places in the LCQ and in the 3 minutes and 48 seconds it took to run the LCQ, their night was over.
In the Supercross LCQ, Justin Sipes put in a strong ride to take 5th place, but that wasn’t enough to get him to the main. A tip of the tusk to #57 Jacob Marsack, long-time friend of the Warthog, who rode a great LCQ race only to miss the final transfer spot by less than one second.
Next up was the Lites main, where Cody “Happy” Gilmore put in a great ride to finish a career best 13th, Cody look smooth and strong all night and it is apparent to everyone that he has overcome his battle with cancer to take a seat among the best in the world in the sport of Supercross. His story is steeped in courage and hope. Cody Gilmore, all of the Warthog Nation salutes you!!
Another breakthrough was had by Spencer Dally. He finished his first career main event with a respectable 17th place. Look to see Spencer in more main events as his career begins to flourish. Daniel Blair finished a strong 8th, Jacob Saylor 15th, and Vince Friese 16th.
Said Scott Kandel, Chief Altruistic Officer, Warthog Racing, “The East Coast swing for Warthog Nation has been great!!. We’re making mains by the bushel and every rider in the group has a compelling story to tell. We know well that we are living our mission -- to conceptualize, fund, and execute meaningful programs aimed directly at supporting the privateers.”
Another encouraging aspect of the Warthog Racing program has been the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) Internship. This program gives MMI’s top students and graduates an opportunity to get real world tech experience in the ultimate racing environment. This week we hosted three MMI Interns, Javier Cruz, Aaron Swenson, and Brad Wilson. They all did a fantastic job. Thanks guys!!
And finally we need to acknowledge the hardest working man in the pits – MDK/WRA Truck Driver and all around great guy Chris Parsons.
This season would not be possible without our committed and actively engaged sponsor/partner group. For 2009, we have teamed up with the following entities: MDK Motorsports, MDK Speed, DeCal Works, Smooth Industries, Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI), P-LoK, MotoConcepts, Transworld Motocross, Vanquish MX, DT1 Air Filters, MXResultz.com, Devol Engineering, Liquid Performance, LongShot Racing, CP Pistons, VP Fuel, Dunlop, The Plumber Inc., MB2 Raceway, Edgile Consulting, MX Sports, MotionPro, Dana K Business Parks, The Whitaker Wellness Institute, Atlantic Promotions, NXTAgency, Kardy Photography, Relentless Media, MotoTees, RacerX Illustrated, Dirt Rider Magazine, Motocross Action Magazine, MartialMoto, Honolulu Hills Raceway, L&M Racing, and Fire and Police MX.
With this fine group, anything is possible. And special thanks to Feld Motor Sports. Because of their full support, dozens of privateers get the opportunity to live their dreams.
Take care and we’ll see you at the races!!
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 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 DeCal Works:
Founded in 1989 by Ron and Janeen Joynt, DeCal Works has been the industry leader in pre-printed backgrounds and custom graphics for over 19 years. With a passion for racing, DeCal Works has since its early days, focused all its attention in supporting amateur and privateers riders.
“DeCal Works, The Original” www.decalmx.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 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.
MotoConcepts is a Pacific Northwest Manufacturer of innovative and unique Motorsports accessories designed for the professional and recreational rider. MotoConcepts is proud to partner with top motocross companies like MDK Speed, Warthog Racing, Smooth Industries, and DeCal Works to help support the MCRMX team. For more information visit www.MotoConcepts.com