The TPJ Racing team made their way to Mt. Morris, PA for round 4 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. After a much needed weekend off, our team was anxious to get back to the race track.
TPJ Racing, also known around the pits as “The Professional Journey”, is just that, a journey for riders trying to make their way from the bottom to the top. Our goal is to provide sponsorships, bikes, transportation and the ability to compete as an underdog in this sport. TPJ Racing has supported many riders on their professional journey such as Weston Peick, PJ Larson, Kyle Cunningham and Jimmy Albertson just to name a few. Most recently, Ben Lamay got the call to move to the new Phoenix Racing team. We are excited for Ben’s new opportunity and wish him the best of luck with the rest of the season.
Dylan Merriam sat 10th overall in the 450MX Championship going into this weekend. He had high hopes for securing another set of top 10 finishes and positioning himself higher on the points ladder after racing at High Point. Unfortunately, Merriam was unable to race due to a severe case of food poisoning Friday night/Saturday morning. He attempted to ride during first practice, but sidelined his bike for the day as he felt it wasn’t safe to ride in his condition. We look forward to having a healthy DM#86 back and looking for some redemption at Muddy Creek next weekend!
Mason Wharton took to Instagram Monday morning and captioned his weekend in 3 words… “watching and learning.”. Mason missed the main races of the day by 9 positions, a fact that might defeat some but encourages Wharton. He’s excited to head into next weekends race and is confident that he will be lining up when the gate drops for 250MX moto 1.
Qualifying directly to the main motos of the day is what ever rider dreams of, and exactly what Carson Tickle did this weekend. Tickle qualified 27th overall, securing a decent outside gate pick for the day. Carson went 30/29 in motos 1 &2 respectively, finishing out his day 30th overall in the 450MX class. He’s excited to be back on the east coast, and hopes to continue to gain momentum as the season continues.
Jimmy Weeks had not one, but two tough moto starts, causing him to charge the pack from nearly last place each time. Luckily for Weeks he had 30 minutes plus two laps to chase down the competition; he ended the day 27th overall. Weeks had a incredible comeback ride in moto 2 starting dead last and finishing 21st, a season best for Jimmy this year.
Thank you to all of our sponsors who help us get the underdogs to the big leagues, without you we couldn’t do what we do. FLY Racing, Karcher Presure Washers, Lucas Oil, Boyce Excavating, Carl’s Cycle Sales, AllClear ID, Engine Ice, DSC Construction, Cometic Gaskets, Vertex, Hot Cams, Rekluse, Scott, Acerbis, Motool, Yoshimura, Mika, Magik Graphics, Galpher, Cylinder works, Bolt, MotoSeat, Pirelli Tires, Tokyo Mods, VP Racing Fuel, No Toil, and California Coast Plumbers, inc.
See you all next week in Tennessee at Muddy Creek, if you are in attendance be sure to stop by the best tent in the pits and say hey!
Words by: Kendra Keene