The next press launch is from Yamaha:
MARIETTA, Ga. – The Monster Vitality Yamaha Star Racing 250 workforce heads into the 2024 season primed for a SuperMotocross League title combat with the all-new Yamaha YZ250F and a proficient eight-rider line-up. Reigning 250SMX Champion Haiden Deegan, Jordon Smith, Nate Thrasher, Stilez Robertson, Nick Romano, and new addition Enzo Lopes are desperate to launch their title runs because the Monster Vitality AMA Supercross season approaches. Main the marketing campaign for the workforce’s newbie program in Supercross Futures is Gavin Towers.
After a stellar rookie season, Deegan is raring to return to motion and add extra number-one plates to his resume in 2024. The Californian loved a bunch of profession milestones in 2023 that noticed him as a title contender early on. He was runner-up in each 250SX East and Professional Motocross 250MX Championships after which completed the 12 months in model by sealing the deal on the 250SMX Championship. Not resting on his laurels, Deegan has been onerous at work throughout the low season and goals to take high honors aboard the all-new YZ250F.
Smith returns for his second 12 months with the workforce and likewise appears to be like to construct on his momentum from final season. The North Carolina rider discovered success early, returning to the rostrum in his debut race with the Monster Vitality Yamaha Star Racing workforce in Houston. He made 4 extra journeys to the rostrum throughout the stadium season and was fourth within the 250SX East Championship. After being sidelined for many of the out of doors season, Smith earned his first moto win with the workforce within the 250SMX moto on the SMX Finals and finally completed the three-round collection with a top-five end within the factors standings.
New to the workforce for 2023 is Lopes, who is worked up to get his dream manufacturing unit trip and appears to make a title run in Monster Vitality AMA Supercross aboard the all-new YZ250F. He earned a career-best lead to 2023, with three fourth-place finishes and a complete of 5 top-five finishes to finish the 12 months fourth general within the 250SX West Championship. With a large following in Brazil cheering him on, Lopes appears to be like to take it to the subsequent degree in 2024 and battle for high honors.
Thrasher returns for his fourth 12 months with the workforce and is hungrier than ever. Regardless of a troublesome begin to final season, the Tennessee rider rallied again and returned to the highest step of the rostrum on the Arlington Supercross. He continued to combat up entrance and added 4 extra podiums to his tally earlier than he was sidelined for the remainder of the 12 months after a giant crash on the Atlanta Supercross. Again to full health, Thrasher has his sights set on taking the crown.
Robertson additionally is raring to make a comeback after a curler coaster 12 months in 2023. The Californian returned to the rostrum at Anaheim 2, however sadly, his season ended early with a damaged leg at Glendale Supercross. Earlier than being sidelined, Robertson was making a number of progress throughout his debut season with the workforce and now appears to be like to construct on that for 2024 and battle up entrance.
One other one of many workforce’s high up-and-coming riders, Bennick returns to make his Monster Vitality AMA Supercross debut and start his first full 12 months within the professional ranks. He turned a number of heads final 12 months, successful the primary Supercross Futures race at Anaheim 2, and adopted that up with one other victory. The North Carolina rider loved a stellar end to his newbie profession on the Monster Vitality AMA Novice Nationwide Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, dominating the Open Professional Class en path to the title and was awarded the coveted Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award. Bennick additionally had a powerful Professional Motocross debut at RedBud, the place he topped the timesheets 250MX qualifying and earned a pair of top-10 moto finishes, and at Budds Creek, he earned a career-best moto lead to fourth.
Romano can also be fired up for his rookie season in Monster Vitality AMA Supercross. Sadly, that debut was delayed final season after a knee harm sidelined him for all the 12 months. Again to full health, the New Yorker is raring to get again on observe and construct on his robust debut season in Professional Motocross in 2022, the place he too earned a career-best moto results of fourth at Unadilla.
Towers heads the workforce’s efforts within the amatuer ranks for 2024, racing Supercross Futures and campaigning for newbie nationwide titles. The younger rider from Pittsburgh made his debut with the workforce within the Fall of 2023 on the Scouting Moto Mix upfront of the Professional Motocross season finale at Ironman Raceway. Towers loved a profitable first outing aboard the Monster Vitality Yamaha Star Racing YZ250F, dominating the competitors with a win in each motos for the general victory.
The Monster Vitality Yamaha Star Racing 250 workforce want to thank its companions for his or her help: Monster Vitality, Yamaha Racing, Yamaha Monetary Companies (YMFUS), Yamalube, GYTR, Yamaha Bicycles, bLU cRU, Thor, Components Limitless, Alpinestars, 100%, FMF, Dunlop, Toyota of Escondido, KYB, Rekluse, VP Racing Fuels, Cycra, Kite, Twin Air, Mild Velocity, ARC Levers, Mechanix Put on, Boxo Instruments, CWI, D’cor Graphics, Vortex ECU, Braking, Matrix Ideas, Professional Taper, Optima Batteries, G2 Ergonomics, DID, AFAM, Mettec, and Works Connection.
Anticipation is excessive for the beginning of the second 12 months of the SMX League – Monster Vitality AMA Supercross, Professional Motocross, and the SMX Finals – and Yamaha has upped the ante with enhanced contingency help that includes over $5 million for Yamaha bLU cRU riders competing in all three collection. The 2024 Monster Vitality AMA Supercross season will get underway with Anaheim 1 on January 6 on the conventional Southern California venue for the collection opener on the Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
“It’s nearly time to get rolling once more at A1, and we’re actually excited for the 2024 SMX season. We’ve obtained an amazing lineup with a number of quick guys and a number of younger expertise. The entire workforce has been working onerous right here at The Farm, placing within the hours, and we will’t wait to go racing!”
“We’ve been working onerous throughout the low season and attempting to concentrate on what we will do to higher ourselves from 2023. We picked out a number of issues as a result of I gained just a few races, however I wasn’t persistently successful each race or nearly successful each race. So there have been issues to work on, and we studied these, figured them out, and have been working to use them. I’m excited for the brand new season! It’s been some time since we’ve raced, and I wish to get again to successful.”
“It’s been a extremely good low season. We obtained on the brand new Yamaha YZ250F, examined a great bit the primary two weeks, and located a setting that I actually favored. Actually, I’ve by no means felt extra snug on a motorcycle. I’ve been driving rather well and feeling good. So yeah, we’re simply placing within the laps now, preparing, and may’t wait to go racing.”
“It’s been good working with the workforce and preparing for the season. It’s nonetheless a surreal feeling to be right here. It’s been my dream to be on a manufacturing unit workforce since I used to be rising up in Brazil. It’s been a easy transition, although, and I’ve been loving hanging out with the entire workforce. The riders have been fairly cool to me, in addition to the entire workers of the workforce, and the bike speaks for itself with how highly effective it’s. I’m simply wanting ahead to attending to the subsequent step of my profession – getting podiums, wins, and hopefully preventing for a championship. I’m actually enthusiastic about it.”
“I believe it’s going to be a great 12 months. I’m feeling good, feeling wholesome, which is an effective factor. So no matter coast they resolve, we’ll simply be able to go. We’ve obtained a number of good issues forward of us, and we’re attempting to go win the title this 12 months.”
“The low season’s going good. It’s my rookie season and first low season, actually, as a result of final 12 months, I used to be simply getting ready for the Futures. We’ve been placing within the work with the workforce, and I’m simply able to get rolling.”
“I’m simply wanting ahead to a great 12 months. We’ve already had one 12 months down with the workforce and discovered quite a bit. I’m simply prepared to come back out swinging and put the bike the place it belongs.”
“I’m undoubtedly excited for 2024, particularly after lacking all the 2023 season with my knee harm. So I’m glad to be wholesome now, again on the bike, and progressing for the brand new season. Supercross shall be new for me, and for outside, I did just a few races in 2022, so I form of know what to anticipate there, however I’m actually trying to be taught, be at each race, and hold constructing.”
“I’m feeling fairly good. I had a few weeks of supercross thus far, and I’m studying every day and making progress, so I’m fairly pleased with that. Our first Futures race is at Anaheim 2, and I’m feeling fairly good and simply excited to get going.”