The first weekend of January until the last weekend in August – that’s race season for US professional motocross racers who race both the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship Series and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series, for a total of 29 races between the two series. August 26, 2017 concluded the regularly scheduled race season for 2017 with the final race taking place in Crawfordsville, Indiana at Ironman Raceway.
When the gate drops the entire race is put into the hands of the rider. No excuses, no second chances. There becomes only one form of communication. Whether it be a 20 minute Main Event or a 30 plus 2 moto, a rider only gets a quick glance at any encouragement, motivation or strategy.
This round of racing brought with it a change to our team lineup, with the #645 of Cheyenne Harmon making the switch from the 450 class to the 250 class, while the #606 of Ronnie Stewart maintained his position as the team’s 450 rider.
Round 10 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series brought with it exceptional conditions in practice, along with a list of 80 riders who attempted to qualify in the 450 class. As the longest continuously running Pro Motocross facility in the United States, Unadilla has earned the accolades of being one of the most renowned and beloved motocross facilities in the country.
Round 9 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series carried us across the country to the Pacific Northwest – home to evergreen trees, fresh air, and the most “brownie batter” dirt you can find – where we races at Washougal MX Park. Washougal has long since been known as one of the most picturesque tracks on the circuit, and besides the outstanding vistas, we also had the opportunity to witness some spectacular racing and an unusual left hand start. Round 9 also marked the return of Cheyenne Harmon to the team after recovering from broken ribs and a fractured left scaphoid that he sustained in a practice crash during Round 4 at High Point.
If you’ve been to a Lucas Oil Pro Motocross race or Monster Energy AMA Supercross race, then you’ve likely seen the MicroBilt PRBC Yoshimura Suzuki Racing rig in the paddock setup, but you may have wondered who this “other” non-factory Suzuki team is, and you might be surprised to find out out that Ronnie Stewart not only rides for the team, he also owns it.
We began the second half of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in Southwick, Massachusetts. “The Wick” as it’s called, provides one of the most unique races on the circuit, as it is the only true sand track in the series. Rather than being comprised of a sand section or two, the entire track from start to finish is made up of sand.
The RedBud National has served as the centerpiece of the Pro Motocross Series for the past 44 years – the perfect midpoint of the season, typically taking place around the Fourth of July holiday. MicroBilt PRBC Yoshimura Suzuki Racing partnered with our graphics sponsor, DeCal Works, to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with custom red, white, and blue graphics that featured plenty of flags and stars and stripes that adorned Ronnie Stewart’s RM-Z450.
Cheyenne Harmon was involved in a crash during the first practice session of Round 4 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at the Red Bull High Point National on June 17, 2017. Harmon was cleared by the Alpine Stars Mobile Medical Team to return to racing after it was determined that he did not sustain a concussion nor any severe injuries as the result of his crash.
Round Three of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross started our journey east with a stop in Lakewood, CO at Thunder Valley MX Park. Nestled just east of the sprawling Rocky Mountains, Lakewood still boasts an elevation of 5,518 feet above sea level. Each track on the circuit presents a unique challenge to the riders brave enough to line up and at Thunder Valley, higher elevations definitely come in at the top of the list for toughest challenges faced on race day. Racing at altitude makes the air thinner, which results in less oxygen, making it tougher for even the most physically tuned athletes to perform at their highest ability. The altitude also presents a unique racing situation where it actually significantly diminishes the power available in the bikes, making them run slower, even though riders are still racing them at 100% effort. MicroBilt PRBC Yoshimura Suzuki Racing continues to show up, line up, and put forth 100% effort – we are proud of the work and results that both Ronnie Stewart and Cheyenne Harmon are producing for the team.
Glen Helen Raceway – famous for it’s rugged terrain, unforgiving hills, and gnarly ruts, did not disappoint as we descended upon the San Bernardino, CA raceway for Round 2 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Because of it’s location and proximity to the central nervous system of all that is the motocross industry, you often find yourself battling with a higher number of entries on the rider list – making it all the more challenging to qualify for the Main Events.
Did someone say, “let’s take this outside”? It’s hard to believe that after only one short weekend off after Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship we’ve made the transition to “The Great Outdoors”. Round 1 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series kicked off with the 49th annual running of the Hangtown Classic in Rancho Cordova, CA – just east of Sacramento. The track is known for its rough and rugged terrain, traditionally warmer temperatures, and thousands of enthusiastic fans covering every inch of the hillsides...
“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” right? Not if you’re MicroBilt PRBC Yoshimura Suzuki Racing. Here’s a recap of our week in Las Vegas for the final round of the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship season. Still reeling from the exciting race in MetLife Stadium for Round 16, the team was ready to carry that momentum through to the final round of the season.
KENNESAW, Ga., May 3, 2017 / In sports, it is often mentioned how beneficial it is to have “home field advantage” – competing on your home turf in front of your home fans. But when you’re racing Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, in a different city for 17 weeks, it’s not often that you find yourself with any sort of “home field advantage”. But for MicroBilt PRBC Yoshimura Suzuki Racing Round 16 in East Rutherford, NJ was more than just “home field advantage”. Team rider, Ronnie Stewart hails from New Jersey, not far from MetLife Stadium, and it’s no secret that “New Jersey Loves Ronnie Stewart” and loves to cheer on their hometown hero. The stage was set for Round 16, adorned with a more than 400 person fan section as well as multiple MicroBilt/PRBC clients, employees, and other VIP guests.
This week’s “Privateer Showcase” interview is with probably the most supported privateer on the circuit, MicroBilt / PRBC / Yoshimura / Suzuki Racing’s Ronnie Stewart. Ronnie may not be a household name in moto like the Ryan Dungeys, Ken Roczens and Eli Tomacs, but if you look into the stands on Saturday night at MetLife Stadium, it becomes glaringly—in bright yellow—obvious that the #606 is kind of a big deal.
CenturyLink field is home to the Seattle Seahawks, and played host to Round 14 of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship. The storied stadium is known for it’s enthusiastic fans during football season, including briefly holding the Guinness World Record for noise at an outdoor venue. But it’s not just football that brings out the most passionate of fans – Monster Energy Supercross filled the stadium on Saturday evening with fans that were ready to witness the most exhilarating round of racing thus far in the series.
KENNESAW, Ga., April 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- MicroBilt PRBC Yoshimura Suzuki Racing is pleased to announce the addition of Cheyenne Harmon to the roster for the remainder of the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Season, beginning this weekend in Seattle, WA. Hailing from Ovilla, Texas, Cheyenne has been racing motocross since the age of five. He earned his AMA Pro License at the age of 16, having competed in the AMSOIL Arenacross series and became one of the first riders to earn "Road to Supercross" points. In the two years that Cheyenne competed in AMSOIL Arenacross, Harmon finished in the top 20 in the premier AX class in 2016 – which included a Main Event win in the AX Lites class, three podium finishes, and three Heat Race wins. Cheyenne is also no stranger to Monster Energy AMA Supercross, having raced his first Supercross event in Houston in 2014 where he even earned a transfer position to the Main Event in the 250SX class.
Round 11 of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship is in the books and was a great outing for the entire MicroBilt PRBC Yoshimura Suzuki team. The week kicked off with some early morning press interviews with local media outlets on Thursday morning, followed by participation in one of the biggest dealer signings to date this season at Westfield Powersports in Westfield, IN on Friday evening.
Round 8 of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, and FIM World Championship, took us to Atlanta, Georgia for one final hurrah in the legendary Georgia Dome. It was the final Monster Energy AMA Supercross race in the Georgia Dome, and marked the "hometown" race for title sponsor, MicroBilt PRBC. Nearly 90 MicroBilt PRBC employees and 30 clients spent the day with Team MicroBilt PRBC Yoshimura Suzuki for a world-class supercross experience including time with team rider, Ronnie Stewart, tours of the team rig, top-notch hospitality, and viewing of all the day's events.
Ronnie Stewart and the MicroBilt/PRBC Yoshimura Suzuki wrapped up another great race weekend of hosting sponsors, meeting new fans and putting in dozens of competitive laps in spite of challenging conditions at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.