CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha will look a bit different in 2017. Gone are Colt Nichols (moving to Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha) and Luke Renzland (free agent). Replacing them will be two rookies—Bradley Taft and Lorenzo Locurcio.
One position will remain the same next year: Tommy Hahn is coming back for a second season in the 450 class. The team made the official announcement today in a press release.
Taft, 19, won the 250 A class last week at Loretta’s over eventual Horizon Award winner Chase Sexton (of GEICO Honda) and will make his pro debut this weekend at Round 10 of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross at Unadilla. The Missouri native will race the 250SX West Region next year and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross.
After spending time with the Grindstone Compound Training Facility for much of his amateur career, Taft has moved to Gareth Swanepoel to train alongside current 250MX points leader Cooper Webb, Aaron Plessinger and Mitchell Harrison. Stay turned for a full interview with Taft tomorrow on Racer X Online.
Locurcio, 19, originally from Venezuela, trains at the Millsaps Training Facility and has been riding in the U.S. for a number of years. He will race the Monster Energy Cup Amateur All-Stars class before making his pro debut in the 2017 250SX East Region. He will also race Lucas Oil Pro Motocross for the team.
Hahn, who is currently out with injury, will return to ride both supercross and motocross in the 450 class for the team.