MOTOCROSS – SPRING CREEK

July 16, 2022 – Millville, MN

Motocross is often perceived as a solo sport, one rider and machine against the field; but the reality is it takes an entire team of people to equip each rider with the tools needed to be successful.  This rang true in Millville, MN last weekend as TPJ Racing team rider Garrett Hoffman had to overcome challenges with his motorcycle. 

The tough decision not to enter a qualifying practice (which could determine his race entry for the day) to rebuild a motorcycle was not ideal; but he knew it had to be done to salvage what he could of racing that day.  His dad and mechanic worked tirelessly to swap engines from his practice bike to his race bike; a task that is easier said than done.  It was all hands-on deck to ensure Garrett was ready for the consolation race.  The TPJ Racing team came together and got it done!

Garrett Hoffman #242: has been gaining speed each week and feeling more comfortable keeping up with the race page during the two 30 minutes + Motos; however, bike issues for the past few weeks have left him with less than desirable results.  This is all a reality of racing at the highest level, thought that doesn’t make it sting any less.  He will work this week to dial in the bike and is ready to gain some points at Washougal.

In his words: “Very unfortunate day at Millville, Qualifying 1 noticed I was down on power and the engine starting knocking a bit, under further inspection we ended up losing the crank.  With that being said we elected to sway engines to my spare meaning I missed qualifying 2 where the fast times had come from.  LCQ I hap put myself in a bad position with a bad start making my way up to 6th.  Last few weeks have been tough with bike issues but next week will be better! Thank you to my Dad and mechanic absolutely busting their butts…”.

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MOTOCROSS – SOUTHWICK, MA

Round 6 – July 9, 2022

The historic racetrack, Southwick a.k.a.  The Wick 338, hosted round six of the 2022 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series. The Wick 338 has been hosting off-road racing of all kinds since 1973, and Pro Motocross on and off since 1976.  Known for its deep sand terrain and unique high-speed layout, this track often referred to as “the toughest track in America” truly separates the men from the boys.

With TPJ Racing Team rider Garrett Hoffman #242 and a few transport riders in tow, Ted Parks and team headed to New England to engage with local fans and get our team sponsors some valuable facetime.  Ted loves to promote those who support the team and every fan in attendance can feel the team presence.

Garrett Hoffman #242 had his best qualifying so far this season with a placement of 25th overall.  His best qualifying lap time of 2:20.285 was within 11.13 seconds of the 250MX classes fastest time.  After experiencing a rough near last start in Moto 1, he worked his way through the pack to finish in 24th. Still recovering from an ongoing leg injury, Garrett has been making progress each week on and off the track.  All the hard work paid off in Moto 2 where he got a top 15 start and was battling with the pack, unfortunately challenges with the bike slowed him down and he ended up 28th place finish.

In his words: “Southwick was a step in the right direction for sure!  Felt good to run with the big dogs Moto 2 but unfortunately a few bike issues holding me back from a good overall finish.  Regroup and come out for Millville strong!”.

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SUPERCROSS – MINNEAPOLIS

U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN hosted round 7 of the Monster Energy Supercross Series and was home to the first 250SX East Coast race of the season. TPJ Racing has welcomed back Lane Shaw #89 for another year under our umbrella. We are excited to see him progress through the season and gain those crucial championship points. From having no Fan Fest to an earlier start time, this race was unique and, in some ways, offered a disadvantage to the riders. A huge part of this sport is the comradery and fan involvement during qualifying, at this round that was void; and it showed in some performances.

Lane Shaw #89 is no stranger to Supercross or the TPJ Racing team. United again for the 2022 season, Lane is excited to put his KTM 250 SX-F on the starting line and battle it out with the field to earn some Championship points. History: Lane’s Supercross career best finish was a 12th place in Indianapolis in 2021. During Lane’s qualifying session in MN, there was a red cross flag out, meaning the riders are to roll all jumps in that section, failure to do so will result in loss of fastest lap time. Unfortunately, this is exactly what happened to Lane, and he saw his hopes of lining up for the night show diminish.

After a regrettable weekend, Lane is ready to put round 1 behind him and looks forward to Dallas this coming weekend. He knows he has the speed needed to be in the Main Event but will continue to work on his starts and endurance during this week. He would like to thank all his sponsors for the support and encouragement.

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SUPERCROSS – A3

Angels Stadium of Anaheim, California hosted its third and final Supercross of the 2022 season. As teams began their journey east yesterday; Football fans from around the world were gathered to watch the 2022 Super Bowl in Los Angeles, CA. As synonymous as California is with Motorcycle racing; the TPJ Team is excited to be heading back East. Be on the lookout as Lane Shaw #124 begins his 2022 Supercross Journey this weekend in Minneapolis, MN. Thank you to all our incredible sponsors for supporting our team on their professional journey.

Colby Copp #645 has had quite the 2022 season; showing huge growth since round 1; however, as it goes with racing…anything can happen. Copp started out A3 with a good qualifying position but some bad luck in his heat forced him into the LCQ. His goal of making a Main Event will be put on hold as the racing moves to the East Coast. He knows what he needs to work on during this break and looks forward to the return in Seattle for another shot at a Main Event start.

Here’s what Colby Copp #645 had to say about his weekend:
“Well A3 was nearly a great night for me on a very demanding track with brutal whoops. Running in transfer positions with a couple of laps to go in a STACKED heat, I got a little swap in the whoops I managed to ride it out but got into another riders lane and got pile drove into the turn. Rang my head pretty good, did some damage to my face that made it go completely numb, and my bike was absolutely trashed. With the great group I have around me we were able to get my bike decent to line back up for the LCQ where I got a rough start and managed to loosen up a couple of laps in and started to move through the pack. Really bummed, it was my main to be in the last night but racing is never predictable, and I’ve come a long way and improved tons since round 1. Now time for a break to continue my hard work and be stronger than before when we get back to the west coast! Thank you everyone for all the support.”

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SUPERCROSS – GLENDALE

State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ hosted the first Triple Crown event of the year. This format of racing features daytime qualifying like normal; but 3 Main Events during the night show. 18 riders advance out of qualifying, while the remaining riders battle it out in the daytime LCQ for 1 of 4 coveted spots. Winners are given points for each Main Event in an Olympic-style scoring method. First place = 1 point, etc. then the lowest points at the end of the night score their qualifying normal Championship points. The stakes are always slightly higher at Triple Crown Events; continue reading to see how TPJ Team rider Colby Copp did.

Colby Copp #645 had his best qualifying position so far this season with a 33rd overall. However, due to the Triple Crown format, he was forced into the LCQ to determine his night show fate. Colby started the 5 minute + 1 lap LCQ in 3rd and was looking smooth and hitting all his marks. Around the 4-minute mark, Schlosser started to catch him. The two traded positions a few times in some corners until a final pass caused both riders to go down. Colby was understandably disappointed, but he must feel great knowing this was his best riding this year.

Here’s what Colby Copp #645 had to say about his weekend:
“Glendale was almost a great night for me I struggled with qualifying and it being my first triple crown I was nervous all day. I turned it all around and had a perfect LCQ going when I made an inexperienced move. I was racing in the moment and racing forward. I didn’t take a look back to see that 5th place was a ways behind to know that I could’ve just settled in. Everyone knows 4th place is a very sketchy place to be in in the LCQ, I saw the door was open and went for a pass without intentions of taking the other guy down, by going inside it spooked the other rider to where he was already falling into me before I ever made contact. It was definitely a learning experience for myself that I can only move on from and keep improving every weekend. Sorry to the other rider, but racing is racing and stuff happens, onto next week.”

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