Tyla Rattray’s 2010 Year in Review

Tyla Rattray’s 2010 Year in Review

At 25 years of age, Tyla Rattray is a world class achiever. Look back upon his career, and there is ample evidence for this statement. Third place in the 80cc junior motocross world cup when he was 13. His first GP podium by the time he was 16. A string of Grand Prix victories. A world motocross title in 2008. Yet with all that he has already achieved, there is a good case to be made for the statement that 2010 may very well have been his most memorable year yet.

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The view that most of the opposition got pretty used to. Courtesy Frank Hoppen

After having clinched the world MX2 title in 2008, Tyla immersed himself in the maelstrom that is the AMA American motocross championships in 2009. As is the case with everything in the land of the free and the home of the brave, competition is fierce, and the stakes are high. Throughout his career, Tyla has become intimately acquainted with the ecstatic highs and thudding lows that motocross racing can deliver. The 2010 season started in a minor key when he suffered a shoulder injury just before the AMA Supercross Championship Series season started. This forced him onto the sidelines for the entirety of the indoor series, and he had to resign himself to the fact that the best he could do was to prepare himself for the outdoor motocross nationals.

The series opener at Hangtown was somewhat underwhelming, with finishes of 8th and sixteenth in the motos, which got his season concert off to a support band – level start. Tyla did not get to be world champion by curling up in the corner and whimpering, however. His easy going exterior holds a steely resolve, and the determination to overcome setbacks is always present. As the second round at Freestone rolled along, he was ready and came out swinging. The world championship-winning talent was on full display, and he won his second moto on US soil and in the process came within half a second of claiming his first overall victory in the ultra competitive American series.

By round three, the Rattray rock show was on full steam. Whereas before it was picks and arpeggios, now it was full-on riffs and power chords, if we can take the music analogy a bit further. Despite a downpour during the first race that would have prompted Noah to reach for the woodworking tools, Tyla set the scene for a good overall result. A strong second race backed up his effort in the first, and by the time he left High Point raceway, he had his first AMA overall victory notch on the bedpost. He very nearly repeated the feat a week later at Red Bud raceway, but a small error whilst going for a crucial pass kept him to third overall on the day. He had by now slotted into a comfortable second position in the championship standings however.

A troubled outing in the fifth round of the series dropped him a notch in the championship standings, but at round 6 at Red Bud, it was back to the full force Rattattack. He finished second in the first race, and had just made the crucial pass in the second race that would ensure him of overall victory, when his bike hit a nasty bump and he got spat over the bars like a human cannonball. The impact would have flattened everyone short of a world level heavyweight boxer, but to everyone’s surprise, Tyla got up and finished the race. He had dropped a long way down the field by now, though, and his 11th position cost him dearly in the championship race. Tyla has learnt many valuable lessons during his rise to the top and his period at the top, and one of those is that consistency counts. As the season unwound, he was always on or near the podium in every race, keeping the scorecard ticking over.

Tyla Rattray's 2010 Year in Review - Photo 2 of 3Then came the day that he will surely not forget as long as he lives. It started real early, 4 am to be exact, with a phone call announcing that his first born, Brooke Kayla Rattray, scored the first holeshot of the day as she was born fit and healthy, if a little vocal. Dad still had a job to do, though, and after a mediocre start in race 1 that dropped him to 8th off the line, he conjured a comeback ride of some note out of his top hat. Race commentator Jeff Emig was running out of superlatives as he described Tyla’s upmarch, and where the gap at one stage seemed unbridgeable, it was visibly shrinking with the end of the race approaching. Tyla was at this stage comfortably posting the fastest lap times of the race, and before long, race leader Trey Canard could feel his minty fresh breath in his neck. They went at it hammer at tongs, but ultimately, Canard prevailed, with Tyla crossing th e line 0.411 seconds behind. There was still another heat to go, though, and with a repeat storming ride, Dadtray rode to yet another victory on his daughter’s birth day. His joy knew no bounds.

Another overall podium in the penultimate round of the series set the scene for a thrilling finale. Although he was third in the championship standings, Tyla still had a mathematical chance of hauling in the title. An extraordinary set of circumstances would need to unfold for him to be crowned champion, but he is not unfamiliar with making the near impossible happen, having once clinched two Dutch motocross titles on a single day against even taller odds. As it transpired, the impossible very nearly happened. Series leader and teammate Christophe Pourcel highsided himself out of the running when the championship trophy was just about resting on his mantelpiece already, and second-placed Trey Canard very nearly xeroxed the move, but managed to hang on. Although Tyla beat both his championship rivals in the day’s tally, Canard had done enough to clinch the title, with Tyla in second position.

The normal run of events after the various international race seasons is for the national teams of each country to assemble for the Motocross of Nations, often called the Olympics of Motocross. The South African team looked well set to give a good account of itself, but in a scandalous and infantile fit of pique that would not have looked out of place on a primary school playground, the South African Federation withdrew the team from the competition, leaving the riders high and dry.

Tyla Rattray's 2010 Year in Review - Photo 3 of 3Despite this disappointment, there was still a fair bit of exciting activity in store for one of South Africa’s best sportsmen, however. He was due to enter into a contract for life, not with a team or manufacturer or other sponsor, but with his partner for life, Samantha Noppe. The couple, who had been together for a number of years and who had just recently celebrated the arrival of their first born, jetted off to their homeland South Africa for the nuptials. The beautiful ceremony against a stunning Kwazulu Natal backdrop went off without a hitch (if one discounts the bride and groom getting hitched, that is), and the happy couple could settle in to a couple of weeks’ much-deserved and -needed rest.

The world of professional sports offers scant opportunity for idle moments, though. Tyla inked a deal with the prestigious Monster Energy Pro CIrcuit Kawasaki team again for 2011, and he is already in full preparation mode for the 2011 season. Depending on whether his team elects to enter him for the West – or East Coast supercross series, he may be in action again as soon as the early weeks of January.

After all of that , little remains to be said, except for a big, warm, heartfelt thanks to all who have supported and stood by Tyla during the season and throughout the years. Tyla, his family and team wish each and every one all of the very best for the festive season and a sensational year in 2011.


Future Supercross and Motocross stars will battle for points and purse at 2011 AMA Racing Pro/Am events

Future Supercross and Motocross stars will battle for points and purse at 2011 AMA Racing Pro/Am events

Future Supercross and Motocross stars will battle for points and purse at 2011 AMA Racing Pro/Am events - Photo 1 of 1The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce the 2010 AMA Racing Pro/Am motocross schedule. These events are where dreams begin for amateur racers, and where they earn the credentials to line up at an AMA Supercross or AMA Pro Racing Motocross event.

“Our Pro/Am competitors race at these premier tracks for the points, purse money and contingency that will help them get to the next level,” said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. “This year’s schedule is one of the best, with 53 events at some of the country’s most challenging race tracks and staged by the sport’s top promoters and organizers. This schedule will no doubt help prepare the fastest amateur motocross racers on the planet for the pro ranks.”

A highlight of the 2010 calendar is the historic Florida motocross facility, Gatorback. Promoted by Unlimited Sports, the location will host the first and last rounds of the schedule.

“Pro/am racers are hungry, not just for the points to get their pro license, but for race wins,” said Wyn Kern of Unlimited Sports. “For many of these kids, they need to excel to keep their dreams alive. This creates an unmatched competitive atmosphere and an incredible on-track show for the fans of the sport. The AMA Racing Pro/Am events are two highlights on our schedule, and we’re looking forward to two stellar events.”

AMA Director of Supercross Kevin Crowther added that the AMA Racing Pro/Am schedule and points process has contributed significantly to the skill and readiness of incoming AMA Supercross riders.

“The AMA Racing Pro/Am program is critical to the natural progression of a rider through the amateur ranks of AMA amateur motocross all the way up to getting their AMA Supercross license,” Crowther said. “We are pleased to see such a strong schedule for 2011. The program gets stronger every year and makes our job of licensing new professional Supercross and Motocross riders even more rewarding.”

AMA Racing Pro/Am motocross events are open to both professionally licensed and A-class amateur motocross racers. The events allow amateurs to gain experience on America’s top tracks and prepare for the fast pace and long motos that professional racing demands.

To be considered for a professional motocross license, competitors must have earned at least 75 advancement points (at the time of application) in AMA Racing Pro/Am motocross events in a continuous 12-month period. Points are based on overall finishes in either the 250 Pro/Am and Open Pro/Am classes. Points from each class are not combined.

2011 AMA Racing Pro/Am Schedule: Subject to change

Round 1: Jan. 2, 2011

Gatorback Cycle Park, Gainesville, Fla.

Unlimited Sports MX

(813) 470-7498

[email protected]

www.unlimitedsportsmx.com

Round 2: Feb. 20, 2011

Arizona Cycle Park, Buckeye, Ariz.

LLQ

Arizona Cycle Park

(623) 853-0750

www.arizonacyclepark.com

Round 3: March 7-12, 2011

Mill Creek, Pell City, Ala.

AMA Spring Classic

RPM Sports

(205) 699-8857

www.rpmsportsonline.com

Round 4: March 7-12, 2011

Freestone County Raceway, Wortham, Texas

Freestone County Raceway LLC

(713) 880-5533

www.freestonemx.com

Round 5: March 13, 2011

Competitive Edge, Hesperia, Calif.

LLQ

Competitive Edge

(909) 456-1070

www.ridecemx.com

Round 6: March 13, 2011

Muddy Creek Raceway, Blountville, Tenn.

(423) 323-5497

Victory Sports Inc.

www.victorysportsracing.com

Round 7: March 20, 2011

Lazy River MX, Dalton, Ga.

Victory Sports Inc.

(423) 323-5497

www.victorysportsracing.com

Round 8: March 27, 2011

Doublin Gap MX Park, Shippensburg, Pa.

LLQ

Doublin Gap MX Park

(717) 249-6036

[email protected]

www.doublingap.com

Round 9: April 2-3, 2011

Three Palms Action Sports Park, Conroe, Texas

Extreme Sports: Three Palms Action Sports Park

www.threepalmsesp.com

Round 10: April 3, 2011

Devils Ridge Motocross, Sanford, N.C.

Devils Ridge Motocross

(919) 776-1767

www.devilsridgemotox.com

Round 11: April 16-17, 2011 (Pro/Am: April 17)

Golden Pine Raceway, Prentiss, Miss.

LLQ

Golden Pine Raceway

(601) 506-8669

www.goldenpineraceway.com

Round 12: April 30-May 1, 2011 (Pro/Am: May 1)

Honey Lake Motocross Park, Milford, Calif.

LLQ

Honey Lake Motocross Park

(530) 827-2639

www.honeylakemx.com

Round 13: May 1, 2011

Dutch Sport Park, Bloomingdale, Mich.

LLQ

Dutch Sport Park

(269) 521-7800

[email protected]

www.dutchsportparkmx.com

Round 14: May 7-8, 2011 (Pro/Am: May 8)

Broome-Tioga, Richford, N.Y.

Broome-Tioga Sports Center

(607) 849-4438

www.broome-tioga.com

Round 15: May 14-15, 2011 (Pro/Am: May 15)

Petersburg, Va.

VMP MX

(804) 732-7888

www.vmpmx.com

Round 16: May 19-22, 2011 (Pro/Am: May 20)

Hangtown MX, Rancho Cordova, Calif.

Amateur day at National

Dirt Diggers, North M.C. Inc.

(530) 758-5554

www.hangtownmx.com

Round 17: May 21-22, 2011

RM Promotions, Little Falls, Minn.

LLQ

RM Promotions

(612) 919-3457

www.motocityraceway.com

Round 18: May 29, 2011

Freestone County Raceway, Wortham, Texas

Amateur day at National

Freestone County Raceway LLC

(713) 880-5533

www.freestonemx.com

Round 19: May 29, 2011

Pine Ridge Raceway, Athelstan, Wisc.

Pine Ridge Raceway

(715) 856-6612

www.pineridgeraceway.com

Round 20: May 30, 2011

Sweney Cycle Park, Brush. Colo.

Sweney Cycle Park

(970) 768-0518

www.sweneycyclepark.com

Round 21: June 5, 2011

Pro Sport MX, Wytheville, Va.

Victory Sports Inc.

(423) 323-5497

www.victorysportsracing.com

Round 22: June 12, 2011

High Point Raceway, Mt. Morris, Pa.

Amateur day at National

Racer Productions

(304) 284-0800

www.racerproductions.com

Round 23: June 19, 2011

MC Motopark, Mt. Carroll, Ill.

MC Motopark

(815) 238-1614

[email protected]

www.mcmotopark.com

Round 24: June 26, 2011

Action Sports Promotions Inc., Athens, Ohio

Action Sports Promotions

(740) 591-7223

www.actionsportsracing.com

Round 25: June 29, 2011

Motoland-IN, Kingsbury, Ind.

Motoland-IN

(219) 988-6686

[email protected]

www.motoland.com

Round 26: July 3, 2011

Red Bud, Buchanan, Mich.

Red Bud

(269) 695-6405

[email protected]

www.redbudmx.com

Round 27: July 10, 2011

Muddy Creek Raceway, Blountville, Tenn.

State Championship

Victory Sports Inc.

(423) 323-5497

www.victorysportsracing.com

Round 28: July 17, 2011

Area 330 Action Complex LLC, Carrollton, Ohio

Area 330 Action Complex LLC

(330) 863-6056

www.area330.com

Round 29: July 17, 2011

Dutch Sport Park, Bloomingdale, Mich.

Dutch Sport Park

(269) 521-7800

[email protected]

www.dutchsportparkmx.com

Round 30: July 31, 2011

South Fork Dirt Riders, Taylorville, Ill.

South Fork Dirt Riders

(217) 237-4752

www.southforkdirtriders.com

Round 31: Aug. 12-14, 2011

Unadilla Valley Sports Center, New Berlin, N.Y.

Amateur day at National

Unadilla Valley Sports Center

(607) 965-8784

www.unadillamx.com

Round 32: Aug. 14, 2011

Valley Raceway, Crystal Falls, Mich.

Valley Raceway

(906) 367-0600

www.valleyraceway.com

Round 33: Aug. 21, 2011

Pleasure Valley Raceway, Armaugh, Pa.

Pleasure Valley Raceway

(814) 695-2453

www.cernics.com

Round 34: Aug. 28, 2011

Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minn.

Hi-Winders

(507) 753-2779

www.springcreekmx.com

Round 35: Sept. 3-5, 2011

Baja MX, Millington, Mich.

Baja MX Inc.

(989) 871-3356

[email protected]

www.bajamx.com

Round 36: Sept. 4, 2011

Pine Ridge Raceway, Athelstane, Wisc.

Pine Ridge Raceway

(715) 856-6612

www.pineridgeraceway.com

Round 37: Sept. 4, 2011

Steel City Raceway, Delmont, Pa.

Amateur day at National

Bellco Inc.

(304) 284-0800

www.racerproductions.com

Round 38: Sept. 11, 2011

Sunset Ridge MX., Walnut, Ill.

4P Promotions Inc.

(815) 379-9534

www.sunsetridgemx.com

Round 39: Sept. 17-18, 2011

Broome-Tioga, Richford, N.Y.

Broome-Tioga Sports Center

(607) 849-4438

www.broome-tioga.com

Round 40: Sept. 18, 2011

Red Bud, Buchanan, Mich.

Fall Classic

Red Bud

(269) 695-6405

[email protected]

www.redbudmx.com

Round 41: Sept. 24-25, 2011

Blue Diamond MX Park, New Castle, Del.

Baltimore County Trail Riders

(302) 834-5867

www.bctra.com

Round 42: Sept. 25, 2011

Buffalo Creek Motocross Park, Canton, Texas

Kingdom Motorsports

(214) 939-4321

[email protected]

www.buffalocreekmx.com

Round 43: Oct. 1-2, 2011

Baja MX, Gaylord, Mich.

Baja MX Inc.

(989) 871-3356

[email protected]

www.bajamx.com

Round 44: Oct. 2, 2011

Raceway Park, Englishtown, N.J.

K.R.O.C.

Raceway Park

(734) 446-7800

[email protected]

www.racewaypark.com

Round 45: Oct. 2, 2011

Birch Creek Motorsports, Danville, Va.

Fall Classic

Birch Creek Motorsports

(434) 836-7629

www.birchcreekmotorsports.com

Round 46: Oct. 9, 2011

Pagoda Motorcycle Club, Birdsboro, Pa.

Pagoda Motorcycle Club

(610) 582-3717

www.pagodamotorcycleclub.com

Round 47: Oct. 16, 2011

Muddy Creek Raceway, Blountville, Tenn.

Top Gun Showdown

Victory Sports Inc.

(423) 323-5497

www.victorysportsracing.com

Round 48: Oct. 30, 2011

Golden Pine Raceway, Prentiss, Mich.

Golden Pine Raceway

(601) 506-8669

www.goldenpineraceway.com

Round 49: Oct. 30, 2011

Budds Creek Motocross Park, Leonardtown, Md.

Budds Creek Motocross Park

(301) 481-6148

www.buddscreek.com

Round 50: Nov. 6, 2011

Mill Creek, Pell City, Ala.

Fall Classic

RPM Sports

(205) 699-8857

www.rpmsportsonline.com

Round 51: Nov. 13, 2011

Hillbilly Hills, Musella, Ga.

LLQ

RPM Sports

(205) 699-8857

www.rpmsportsonline.com

Round 52: Nov. 21-23, 2011

Gatorback Cycle Park, Gainsville, Fla.

Unlimited Sports MX

(813) 470-7498

[email protected]

www.unlimitedsportsmx.com

Round 53: Nov. 24-26, 2011

Gatorback Cycle Park, Gainesville, Fla.

Unlimited Sports MX

(813) 470-7498

[email protected]

www.unlimitedsportsmx.com

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American Honda Racing Primed for 2011 Supercross Season

American Honda Racing Primed for 2011 Supercross Season

American Honda Racing Primed for 2011 Supercross Season - Photo 1 of 3The start of the 2011 AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season is only weeks away. American Honda Racing’s Trey Canard and Josh Grant are primed and ready to showcase their talents aboard Honda CRF450Rs at the opening round of the championship at Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA on Saturday, January 8.

After months of hard work and careful preparation aboard his CRF450R, Canard is excited to get his first-full Supercross season underway.

“I can’t wait to start racing Supercross” said Canard. “Switching from the Honda CRF250R to the CRF450R has been a relatively smooth transition and I’ve made it my focus to get in as much seat time on the bigger bike as possible over the past few months. Preparations are going according to plan and I’m ready to get the season started.”

Grant will make his debut at Anaheim One and as he heads into the first race of the year, the talented racer is confident 2011 will be the definitive season in his career.

American Honda Racing Primed for 2011 Supercross Season - Photo 2 of 3“The first race of the season is just around the corner and that moment can’t come fast enough” said Grant. “I really want 2011 to be that breakthrough year in my racing career and for that to happen I need to stay healthy and be there at the end of the season, when it counts the most.”

Supercross Team Manager Erik Kehoe is pleased with the way the team is shaping up for 2011. “Off-season testing is going really well and both Trey and Josh are feeling very confident aboard their 2011 race bikes” said Kehoe. “We know Trey has the ability to run up front on the 450 – we saw that last season when he filled in on the team and finished on five consecutive Supercross podiums – now we’re keen to see what he can produce over 17 rounds of Supercross racing. Observing Josh aboard an American Honda Racing-prepared CRF450R over the past couple of months has been exciting to watch and we can’t wait to see what he will do in a few weeks time.”

Over the years, American Honda Racing has enjoyed support from longstanding sponsors, and this year we welcome those sponsors back as well as add two new sponsors to the team for 2011.

“We’re pleased to have the support of Fox Racing, Showa, Honda Pro Oils and Chemicals, Honda Riders Club of America® (HRCA®), Dunlop, Renthal, D.I.D, VP Racing Fuels, Twin Air, Yoshimura, Hinson Racing, Throttle Jockey and add Moto Tassinari and GEICO for this season” said Kehoe.

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Yoshimura R&D of America Announces 2011 RS-4 Applications

Yoshimura R&D of America Announces 2011 RS-4 Applications

The RS-4 muffler was developed in conjunction with the Rockstar Makita Suzuki Yoshimura race team with one purpose in mind: winning championships. That goal was accomplished during the 2010 AMA Supercross and Motocross season when Ryan Dungey and his Yoshimura-powered RM-Z450 took the motocross world by storm as the first rookie in the history of the sport to dominate both series. The RS-4 is a unique design with predicated power, a side benefit of a quiet earthy exhaust note that speaks volumes for performance, and offers increased horsepower and torque. RS-4 systems are the choice of both the Factory Honda and Suzuki teams.

Yoshimura R&D of America Announces 2011 RS-4 Applications - Photo 1 of 4The RS-4 features:

  • Polyresonant duplex chamber
  • Two-staged stepped baffle
  • Maximized muffler volume
  • Innovative carbon cone end cap
  • 3 muffler options: aluminum, titanium, or carbon fiber
  • Titanium and stainless full systems available
  • Low volume sound insert included

Yoshimura now has RS4 slip-on and full-system applications available for the 2011 Suzuki RM-Z450, 2011 Yamaha YZ450F and 2011 KTM 350 SX-F. Check www.yoshimura-rd.com for additional applications and updates.

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2011 Suzuki RM-Z450

08-11 RM-Z450

Stainless RS4 Slip On

Part Number: 2192714

MSRP: $395.00

08-11 RM-Z450

Stainless RS4 Full System

Part Number: 2192514

MSRP: $595.00

08-11 RM-Z450

Titanium – Titanium RS4 Full System

Part Number: 2192177

MSRP: $945.00

08-11 RM-Z450

Titanium – Carbon Fiber RS4 Full System

Part Number: 2192172

MSRP: $995.00

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2011 Yamaha YZ450F

2011 YZ450F

Stainless RS4 Slip On

Part Number: 234802D320

MSRP: $395.00

2011 YZ450F

Stainless RS4 Full System

Part Number: 234800D320

MSRP: $645.00

2011 YZ450F

Titanium – Titanium RS4 Full System

Part Number: 234801D720

MSRP: $995.00

2011 YZ450F

Titanium – Carbon Fiber RS4 Full System

Part Number: 234801D220

MSRP: $1,045.00

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2011 KTM 350 SX-F

2011 KTM 350 SX-F

Stainless RS4 Slip On

Part Number: 263502D320

MSRP: $395.00

2011 KTM 350 SX-F

Stainless RS4 Full System

Part Number: 263500D320

MSRP: $595.00

2011 KTM 350 SX-F

Titanium – Titanium RS4 Full System

Part Number: 263501D720

MSRP: $945.00

2011 KTM 350 SX-F

Titanium – Carbon Fiber RS4 Full System

Part Number: 263501D220

MSRP: $995.00

About Yoshimura R&D of America: Yoshimura is “The Leader in Performance” and has been for more than 55 years. With unmatched skills, knowledge and passion for racing, Yoshimura is on the forefront of the aftermarket exhaust industry. Yoshimura pipes are race bred and feature the same legendary performance, fit and quality that has been their trademark for more than five decades. To learn more about Yoshimura and view their wide variety of performance products, visit www.yoshimura-rd.com.


Supercross 2011: Joe Gibbs Racing Team

Supercross 2011: Joe Gibbs Racing Team

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The Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGRMX Supercross / Motocross Team was founded by Coy Gibbs, son of NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame Head Coach Joe Gibbs. The team made its debute on January 5, 2008 at the opening round of the AMA Supercross Series Championship in Anaheim, California. The fledgling team had only modest goals for its rookie year, with more aggressive plans for 2009 and beyond.

The innovative new entry to “action sports” garnered a substantial amount of media attention, and was fortunate to have Toyota join the effort as a major sponsor right from the start.

Josh Grant joined the effort for 2009. And exactly as they had done in NASCAR, Josh Grant lead the second year team to a first round victory at the Supercross Series opener at Angel Stadium.

In 2010 Justin Brayton joined the JGRMX team, along with new a new title sponsor, Muscle Milk. Brayton, in his premier class rookie debut earned his first Supercross Class podium at the Seattle Wash. round on April 24 with a third overall finish, and finished the series an impressive fifth overall.

Both riders were ready for X Games 16, and on July 29, 2010, at the Los Angeles Coliseum, Josh Grant and Justin Brayton finished 1, 2, to take both the Gold and Silver Medals in the highly publicized Super X competition.

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Brayton enters his sophomore season in the premier division, with the Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGRMX Team, and has earned the number 10 for 2011. 2010 was the best year of his career. Including the Silver Medal at X Games 16, Justin earned his first Supercross Class podium at the Seattle round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross and FIM World Championship Series, a podium at the Steel City round of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, two podiums and a win during a visit to the Monster Energy Australasian Supercross Series, and winning the 25th Annual Geneva Supercross.

Davi Millsaps was brought in to fill the void left by Josh Grant. Davi has been high on the list of riders Coy Gibbs has wanted to hire since the inception of the team, but existing commitments did not allow the young rider to make a team change at that time. Three years after their initial discussions, the timing was right for the 22-year old Millsaps to join the Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGRMX team in 2011 and beyond.

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Millsaps will run the number 18, the first number ran by Joe Gibbs Racing in NASCAR 20 years ago, and currently on Kyle Busch’s M & M’s and Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry. Millsaps, who won nine amateur national MX titles, a Lites East Supercross Championship in 2006, and numerous podium finishes – including wins in the premier class, is energized about the upcoming season. Millsaps moved to North Carolina to focus on training and preparation, and will accompany Brayton in contesting the AMA Supercross Championship Series beginning January 8, in Anaheim and the National Motocross Championship Series beginning May 21, in Hangtown.

“I am making some major changes in my program and look forward to having the best season of my career,” said Millsaps.

“Davi moved into a place near our NASCAR and supercross/motocross shops so he can train with our in-house fitness staff. He is focused and eager and I am excited to have him join the JGR family,” Coy Gibbs added.

The Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGRMX Team is unique in that more like a football franchise than a motocross team. The entire team, including a dedicated trainer and a specially constructed training facility with both supercross and outdoor motocross practice tracks is all housed in one central location. There is a fully equipped Muscle Milk Fitness Facility within the NASCAR headquarters building where the motocross athletes as well as the NASCAR pit crews regularly train. The NASCAR complex is a 144,000 square foot building that has areas open to the public for visiting. Sponsors often use the banquet and theatre areas for meetings and employee gatherings. The engineering and CNC machine fabrication capabilities lend themselves to the team’s ongoing research and development. State-of-the-art on-site custom designed engine and suspension dynamometers provide endless opportunity for refinement and testing new innovations for the team.

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Recently the team began a new retail engine and suspension performance initiative that led to an amateur support program that just in its first year yielded numerous amateur national titles, including multiple titles for 14 year old NC native and rising star – Cooper Webb. This area of the organization is growing rapidly and in addition to providing an additional source of revenue, offers a meaningful connection to the motocross lifestyle, in addition to being a racing team by connecting and interacting with enthusiasts in a way that directly impacts their personal motorcycling experience.

Historically motocross teams have been fielded by motorcycle manufacturers whose primary goal was to sell product to consumers and enhance their brands through racing, exactly like NASCAR was 15 years ago. Much like the NASCAR teams of today, the Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGRMX Team’s focus is on creating exposure and value for its sponsors and trying to create affinity with the enthusiast audience. Coy Gibbs sees the future of supercross and motocross following in the footsteps of NASCAR, with independent non-manufacturer based teams fueled by the enthusiasm of entrepreneurs and funded by outside of the industry main stream sponsors eventually becoming the norm rather than the exception.

Supercross 2011: Joe Gibbs Racing Team - Photo 5 of 8The effort will be led by Jeremy Albrecht, the team manager since Joe Gibbs Racing started in supercross and motocross. The 39-year-old, originally from California, is a motocross veteran, having ridden and wrenched motorcycles for years. Albrecht raced as an amateur for several seasons before becoming a mechanic in 1990 for his brother Joel on the professional circuit. In 1993, Albrecht worked with X-Games gold medalist Tommy Clowers, and in 1995 he paired with Jeff Emig, one of the top motocross riders of the 1990’s.

Emig coined the nickname ‘J-Bone’. Albrecht accompanied Emig to four titles, assistance that helped earn Emig a 2004 induction into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Following his tenure with Emig, Albrecht became James ‘Bubba’ Stewart’s mechanic in 2002, where the duo produced seven championships.

In all, Albrecht has 11 major championships as a tuner, eight AMA Mechanic of the Year awards, two Live Nation Mechanic of the Year titles and the 2006 Mechanix Wear Outstanding Achievement award. Jeremy resides in Concord, N.C. with his wife Jackie and sons Trevor and Nathan. In addition to his duties with JGRMX, he also co-promotes the annual Surfercross event, going into its twelfth year.

Supercross 2011: Joe Gibbs Racing Team - Photo 6 of 8Coy Gibbs is the youngest of two sons of Pro Football Hall of Fame Head Coach and championship NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs, Coy is the key driver of the JGR professional supercross and motocross program (JGRMX). He has always been an action sports enthusiast. As a young boy, Gibbs had a very successful BMX career, winning championships at the expert level. He also rode motocross with his brother, J.D., and has followed professional motocross and its evolution with great interest.

Prior to forming JGRMX, Coy was with the Redskins as Offensive Quality Control Coach. This was a natural role for him, having grown up on the sidelines of RFK Stadium.

As a collegiate player, Coy was a stand-out linebacker at Stanford from 1991-1994. He led the Cardinals in tackles his senior season with 84 (51 solo), and was a key member of the PAC-10 co-champion team that beat Penn State in the Blockbuster Bowl in 1992. After Stanford, Coy worked as a lower assembly specialist for the Joe Gibbs Racing NHRA Funny Car driven by Cruz Pedregon. “It was the worst job you can have in drag racing. You are basically on your back and having stuff poured on you all day” said Gibbs.

Coy enjoyed working with the drag racing team, but soon had the itch to try racing himself. He built a late-model race car and picked up driving experience by entering races at local tracks, running 40 races in one year. Hard work paid off for him in 1999, when he began racing in the NASCAR Slim Jim All-Pro Series. He went on to win Rookie of the Year honors and finished 10th in drivers points. Gibbs started the Craftsman Truck Series program at Joe Gibbs Racing in 2000. Coy assembled a team that included himself as the driver. In 2001 he had two top-five finishes and seven top-ten finishes. In 2002 he led the program to a 10th overall with 14 top-ten finishes. He then went on to compete in the Nationwide program at Joe Gibbs Racing. Coy finished his rookie Nationwide season with two top-10 finishes. Since then, the JGR Nationwide Program has grown into a key element of JGR, now fielding a multi-car effort with its own 100,000-plus square-foot race shop. In 2010 JGR won its third consecutive Nationwide Series Championship with Kyle Busch winning 13 events, a record for a single season.

Coy and his wife, Heather, live in Cornelius, North Carolina, with their four children, Ty, Elle, Case, and Jett.

Supercross 2011: Joe Gibbs Racing Team - Photo 7 of 8Joe Gibbs is an NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame Head Coach. Winner of three NFL Super Bowls, with racing experience in winning three Sprint Cup Series Championships and three Nationwide Series Championships.

The philosophy of success for Joe Gibbs? “A successful organization starts with its people”. It helped carry him to three Super Bowl Championships and led to his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and has been a defining principle behind building Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) into one of NASCAR’s most successful racing organizations.

This core philosophy also guides Gibbs’s latest project: “Game Plan for Life”, which is the title of his New York Times best selling book and its corresponding ministry (www.gameplanforlife.com). Gibbs assembled a team of 11 experts to respond to the issues a national survey revealed to be the most pressing in men’s lives. The results are a modern day game plan for a successful life based on God’s Word.

JGR has experienced amazing success and growth since Gibbs founded the operation in 1991. Beginning its first season of racing in 1992 with just 18 crew members, JGR now employs close to 450 people. Despite the immense growth, the company remains defined by the same principles of its founder: integrity, a relentless work ethic, determination, perseverance and team-building. Those principles have been the driving force behind JGR’s success including nearly 200 overall wins in NASCAR, three NASCAR Cup Series championships (2000, 2002, and 2005), and three consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series championships (2008 owners, 2009 driver’s with Kyle Busch and 2010 owners).

Gibbs has been applying character based leadership long before he started in NASCAR. After 17 years of serving as an assistant coach to several college and NFL teams, Gibbs was hired as head coach of the Washington Redskins in 1981. His determination and perseverance was immediately on display when the team lost its first five games – the Redskins rebounded to finish that season 8-8, and the following season, he would lead the Redskins to their first Super Bowl Championship in franchise history.

Over the decade that followed he would lead the Redskins to three more Super Bowls, including victories in Super Bowl XXII following the 1987 season and Super Bowl XXVI after the 1991 season. Over that time he became one of the winningest coaches in NFL history, but he would retire from the NFL following the 1992 season to turn his attention to his family and the new race operations. Four years later he would receive the NFL’s highest honor – induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996.

JGR would make its debut in 1992, and it was only a year later that JGR would claim its first victory, when Dale Jarett won the 1993 Daytona 500, known as the Super Bowl of racing, in the No. 18 Interstate Batteries car.

From that first victory the growth and success of JGR has been extraordinary. In 1999 Gibbs realized that multi-car teams were becoming more prevalent and successful than their single-car counterparts. He brought Tony Stewart into the Cup Series with crew chief Greg Zipadelli and sponsor The Home Depot. The collaboration was successful from the outset.

Bursting onto the NASCAR Cup scene in the No. 20 Home Depot car, Stewart became the winningest rookie in series history, with three wins en route to the Rookie of the Year title and a fourth-place position in the championship point standings. In 2000, the No. 18 team with Bobby Labonte and the No. 20 team with Stewart proved to be a formidable one-two punch. The two drivers combined to win 10 of the series’ 34 races, with Labonte winning four events en route to his first career NASCAR Cup Series championship.

Just two years later it was Stewart’s turn, as the Indiana native scored three wins during the 2002 campaign and captured his first NASCAR title. In 2004, Gibbs shocked the sports world when he accepted an opportunity to return to the NFL for the team and fans he loved. With his eldest son J.D. running the day to day operations at JGR, Gibbs would be joined by his youngest son Coy with the Washington Redskins.

Once again Gibbs went to work and in 2005 the franchise returned to the playoffs and earned its first playoff victory in six years. While Gibbs was working to restore the Redskins winning tradition, the team he built at JGR continued to flourish. In 2005, JGR expanded to a third team as FedEx came on board to sponsor the new No. 11 team. That same year Stewart captured his second and JGR’s third Cup Series Championship. Denny Hamlin would join the No. 11 FedEx team and went on to earn 2006 NASCAR Rookie of the Year honors. One of the greatest challenges of Gibbs’s career would come in his final season with the Redskins in 2007 when star player Sean Taylor was murdered in his Miami home. Despite the tragedy, Gibbs managed to steer the Redskins to victories in their final four games to secure yet another playoff season for the team. When the season concluded Gibbs made the decision to spend more time with his family and is now back with son J.D. at Joe Gibbs Racing. Coy left his post at the Redskins following the 2006 season to start JGRMX, a professional supercross and motocross team, based near JGR’s NASCAR operations in Huntersville, NC.

When Joe Gibbs returned to JGR prior to the start of the 2008 season, he had a new manufacturer, Toyota, a new sponsor for the No. 18 team, MARS Foods (M & M’s), and a new driver in Kyle Busch. In addition, JGR would learn during the season that Tony Stewart would be leaving after the conclusion of the racing season to start his own race team. Despite all the changes, JGR proved its foundation strong once again as Busch would win a remarkable eight times in the Cup Series and, for the first time, all three JGR drivers would qualify for NASCAR’s Chase for the Cup. 2009 saw the debut of Joey Logano, taking the place of Stewart. Logano became the youngest driver ever to start the Daytona 500 at the age of 18 when he climbed behind the wheel of the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota. He became the youngest driver in Sprint Cup history to win a race when he captured the win at New Hampshire in June, at 19 years one month and four days old. He would go on to receive rookie of the year honors, the youngest to earn the distinction in the 55 years of the sport’s existence.

In 2010 Joe Gibbs Racing had a phenomenal year. The team won the most races and led the most laps in Sprint Cup, finishing the Chase for the Cup in second place with Hamlin. In Nationwide Series racing Busch led the team with a record 13 wins bringing the team its third Nationwide Series championship in as many years. In addition to his working daily with J.D. at JGR and Coy at JGRMX, as well as working to further spread the message of ‘Game Plan For Life’, Gibbs also remains committed to Youth For Tomorrow, a home he founded in Bristow, VA that is now licensed to house up to 106 troubled boys and girls ages 11 – 18. He and his wife Pat currently reside near JGR’s Huntersville, N.C. headquarters and enjoy spending time with their eight grandchildren.

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  • Team Name: Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGRMX
  • Team Team Manager: Jeremy Albrecht
  • Riders: Justin Brayton, #10, Davi Millsaps, #18
  • Race Tuners: Patrick Barker (Brayton), Alex Ewing (Millsaps)
  • Motorcycles: 2011 Yamaha YZ450F
  • Suspension: JRI 2.0 NT rear shock, Showa 49 mm fork
  • Footpegs: LightSpeed Performance titanium
  • Wheels/hubs: Excel A60 Rims with Yamaha OW works hubs
  • Motor: Stock Yamaha with JGR modifications
  • Tires: Pirelli
  • Clutch: Hinson Clutch Components
  • Graphics: N-Style
  • Oil: Joe Gibbs Driven
  • Handlebars: Renthal
  • Sprockets: Renthal
  • Grips: Renthal
  • Exhaust: FMF
  • Levers: ARC
  • Pistons: JE
  • Connecting Rod: Carrillo
  • Filtration: WIX
  • Valve Train: FACTIONMX
  • Tools: Motion Pro
  • Fuel: VP Racing
  • Drive Chain: RK
  • Shifter/Brake Pedal: Hammerhead Designs
  • Educational Provider: Strayer University
  • Team Headquarters: Huntersville, North Carolina
  • Official Website: jgrmx.com
  • Transporter: Freightliner Cascadia tractor and 53′ High Tech trailer with two slide outs

Team Sponsors: Muscle Milk, Toyota, Yamaha, SHIFT Racing, Interstate Batteries, Sport Clips Haircuts, FMF Racing, WIX Filters, Joe Gibbs Driven Lubricants, Renthal, N-Style, Oakley, Pirelli, Etnies, Hinson Clutch Components, FACTIONMX, JE Pistons, Motion Pro, Carrillo Rods, Hammerhead Designs, VP Racing Fuels, RK Racing Chain, Excel A60 Rims, Mechanix Wear, Asterisk, ARC, Renton Coil Springs, and Strayer University.

Photos courtesy of JGRMX

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