Daytona, Supercross

March 7, 2020

The Sunshine State welcomed race fans to the 50th anniversary of Supercross races at Daytona International Speedway. This year track designer Ricky Carmichael threw in some retro features to celebrate the history and legacy that is Daytona. The track got more gnarly as the night progressed, but it sure did make for some good racing.

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Dylan Merriam is just two weeks back into racing from injuries sustained earlier this season. His speed is there, he just needs to work on his starts and avoiding little mistakes that cost him positions. Merriam finished 13th in his heat, and though he started in the back of the pack during the LCQ he fought hard and finished 8th. Merriam is proud of how quickly he jumped back into racing and looks forward to the rest of the season and proving he belongs.

Jimmy Weeks was riding super consistently in Daytona; qualifying 23rd overall and quickly fighting his was to an 11th place Heat #1 finish. During the LCQ, Weeks launched his Yamaha off the gate and around the first turn near the front of the pack; there he battled back and forth fighting for a qualifying spot. With only a few seconds left on the clock he crashed (hard), and ended his night visiting with the Alpinestars Mobile Medical Team. Weeks is doing alright and will be back for Indianapolis this weekend.

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Lane Shaw rejoined racing this weekend after taking some time off due to an old injury flaring up. He snuck right into the night show with a 39th place qualifier; but a 17th place finish in Heat #2 meant he’d go on to the LCQ. A bad start mixed with pure chaos out on the track kept Lane at the back of the pack and ultimately out of the Main Event. He wished he would have preformed better but was overall happy with his Daytona experience and happy to be leaving in one piece. He looks forward to this weekends race and getting up towards the front.

Kevin Moranz has been on fire so far this season, pulling great starts and charging through the pack when needed. This week was a little bit more rough for him, but he pulled through healthy and ready to take on another round. In Kevin’s words: “I’ll take this one on the chin and move on. Went down in heat one as I was in the big pile up in the whoops on lap 1, bike was mangled. [my team] and myself rushed everything together to get me there for the LCQ. Did everything I could but a few costly mistakes made a huge difference from making the main to just one spot away. Happy with how much progress we made from free practice to the night show with bike set up, but time to go back to work to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Thank to my team TPJ Racing, all of our supporters, and all the fans for coming by and showing some love!”

Thank you to our sponsors who make all of our racing dreams possible!

Fly Racing, Pirelli, Lucas Oil, Karcher, 3D Designs, Acerbis Plastic , Benning Auto Parts, Bolt , Boyce Excavating , California Coast Plumbers , Carl’s Cycle Sales, Cometic Gaskets, Cylinder Works, DSC Construction , EBC, Engine Ice , Extreme Recycling, Fire Safety Services, Hot Cams, Magik Graphics, Meade Support Group, Millennium Trailers, Monarch Heavy Haul, MoTool, No Toil, Pivot Works, Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford, Rekluse Clutches, Ryder95, SDG Seats, Tokyo Mods, Torc1 Racing, Vertex Pistons, VP Racing Fuel, Discount Tire / Goodyear

Special shout out this week to Pirelli Tires – Thanks for always providing us with great traction for everything the tracks throw our way.

Photos by Team Photographer Jason Watkins.

Atlanta, Supercross

February 29, 2020

The Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA hosted round 9 of the Monster Energy Supercross Series.  A race that turned out to be one of the most intense and entertaining rounds of the season, and that’s saying a lot based on the past 8 weeks.

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Dylan Merriam returned to racing after an injury forced him out of the competition for a few weeks.  He looked fast during qualifying with a lap time of 53.461 and had a promising ride in Heat #2.  Unfortunately, some challenges in the LCQ caused him to finish 20th and pack up for the evening.  Dylan is excited to be back racing and looks forward to making the Main Event in Daytona this weekend. 

Jimmy Weeks had his best ride all season in ATL – He placed 21st during day qualifiers, battled in his Heat Race to a 10th place finish and WON the LCQ.  Weeks rode in his first Main Event* of the season and secured 3 Championship points. (*Excluding Triple Crown Events)  All of us here at TPJ Racing are extremely proud of what Jimmy has accomplished – his dedication to the sport on and off the track is inspiring.  Keep it up!!

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Lane Shaw did not race in Atlanta due to an old injury flair up; but he looks forward to returning in Daytona. 

Following a rigorous training regimen is hard work; but Kevin Moranz is proving that it pays off. This past weekend he looked smooth and confident as he rode to a 6th place finish in his Heat race.  A solid 14th place finish in the Main Event (a season best) earned him 9 Championship points; he currently sits 19th in the series.  Kevin dedicated his Atlanta ride to his mechanic Drew and the entire TPJ Racing team.

Thank you to our sponsors who make all of our racing dreams possible!

Fly Racing, Pirelli, Lucas Oil, Karcher, 3D Designs, Acerbis Plastic , Benning Auto Parts, Bolt , Boyce Excavating , California Coast Plumbers , Carl’s Cycle Sales, Cometic Gaskets, Cylinder Works, DSC Construction , EBC, Engine Ice , Extreme Recycling, Fire Safety Services, Hot Cams, Magik Graphics, Meade Support Group, Millennium Trailers, Monarch Heavy Haul, MoTool, No Toil, Pivot Works, Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford, Rekluse Clutches, Ryder95, SDG Seats, Tokyo Mods, Torc1 Racing, Vertex Pistons, VP Racing Fuel, Discount Tire / Goodyear

SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO KARCHER – Thank you for supporting the industry and for always keeping us looking clean.

Photos by Team Photographer Jason Watkins.

Dallas, TX

Dallas, TX – February 22, 2020

Everything is bigger in Texas…and the same is true for the TPJ Racing presence in the pits. Being our hometown race, we did it up big this past weekend! Thanks to all the sponsors, fans, family and friends who came out to support us.

This weekend marked the second Triple Crown Race of the year and the first one for the 250SX East Coast Class.

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Our lone 450SX soldier Jimmy Weeks had one of his best rides to date, qualifying 20th.  He did have to lineup for the daytime LCQ but a second place finish secured his spot in the 3 nighttime Main Events.  Weeks secured 4 valuable series points with his finishes of 20, 16 and 17th.  He currently sits 26th in the 450SX Point Standings.

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Lane Shaw was excited and ready for racing in Dallas. He had a qualifying time that would normally have got him a spot in the night show; unfortunately his 10th place finish in the daytime LCQ meant he would miss out.  He was happy with his performance overall and looks forward to the next round. 

Kevin Moranz also had to race the LCQ where he got a great jump of the gate and was able to ride to a second place finish.  Main Event #1 was a bit rough for him, but he came back in Main Event #2 with an impressive 14th place finish.  Moranz gained 4 series points and sits 26th overall for the 250SX East Coast.

TPJ Team Results

Thank you to our sponsors who make all of our racing dreams possible!

Fly Racing, Pirelli, Lucas Oil, Karcher, 3D Designs, Acerbis Plastic , Benning Auto Parts, Bolt , Boyce Excavating , California Coast Plumbers , Carl’s Cycle Sales, Cometic Gaskets, Cylinder Works, DSC Construction , EBC, Engine Ice , Extreme Recycling, Fire Safety Services, Hot Cams, Magik Graphics, Meade Support Group, Millennium Trailers, Monarch Heavy Haul, MoTool, No Toil, Pivot Works, Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford, Rekluse Clutches, Ryder95, SDG Seats, Tokyo Mods, Torc1 Racing, Vertex Pistons, VP Racing Fuel, Discount Tire / Goodyear

Tampa, Supercross

Tampa, FL – February 15, 2020

This week the Monster Energy Supercross series made its way across the country to the Sunshine State for round 7.  The race marked the debut of the 250SX East Coast Championship and we welcomed Team riders Kevin Moranz and Lane Shaw to the show.

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Jimmy Weeks Tampa recap in his own words: “Tough day at Tampa, DNF in the heat race after casing the triple and jamming my wrist pretty hard.  Spun on the start in the LCQ and was basically last around the first turn and ended up 7th right behind 6th at the end of the race.  Felt like we had the speed, just need to get out of stupid situations, time to regroup and on to Dallas.”  Jimmy definitely has the speed; this weekend in Dallas should be a good one for us all!

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Lane Shaw’s Tampa recap in his own words: “Felt good to be back at the races, I love dirt bikes! I have a couple of things to work on, but excited to get back to work.  Onward & upward! THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING TEAM!”  

Kevin Moranz Tampa recap in his own words: “Tough night but we walked away safe to fight another day.  In heat one my left side was landed on immediately after the holeshot sending me to the ground and bending my bars.  Never gave up as I came from last back to 14th.  I am completely fine just start in the LCQ cost me, straight up.  My head is in the right place and I know where I belong…Thank you to my team TPJ racing and all our supporters…”   We look forward to seeing BIG things from Lane and Kevin in the coming weeks as the East Coast Series progresses.

TPJ Team Results

Thank you to our sponsors who make all of our racing dreams possible!

Fly Racing, Pirelli, Lucas Oil, Karcher, 3D Designs, Acerbis Plastic , Benning Auto Parts, Bolt , Boyce Excavating , California Coast Plumbers , Carl’s Cycle Sales, Cometic Gaskets, Cylinder Works, DSC Construction , EBC, Engine Ice , Extreme Recycling, Fire Safety Services, Hot Cams, Magik Graphics, Meade Support Group, Millennium Trailers, Monarch Heavy Haul, MoTool, No Toil, Pivot Works, Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford, Rekluse Clutches, Ryder95, SDG Seats, Tokyo Mods, Torc1 Racing, Vertex Pistons, VP Racing Fuel, Discount Tire / Goodyear

SAN DIEGO, SUPERCROSS

San Diego, Ca – February 8, 2020

This week team owner, Ted Parks, made a bet with 450SX team rider Jimmy Weeks – When Jimmy makes a Main Event, Ted will dye his beard blue.  Jimmy countered by saying if he gets top 15 in a Main Event, Ted has to dye his beard half blue/half red.  We look forward to seeing that happen sooner than later – for both Jimmy and Ted.

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Dylan Merriam celebrated a birthday this week and is looking forward to celebrating a new year of life with his return to racing in Atlanta next weekend. Austin Politelli and Jimmy Weeks qualified 27th and 28th respectively.  Weeks was charging hard in the LCQ running in 5th place when a rider crashed in front of him causing him to go down as well; he was able to work back up to an 11th place finish.  Politelli was looking smooth in his heat race, but struggled quite a bit in the LCQ; he ended up with a DNF (did not finish) for the night.

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Corbin Hayes unfortunately missed round 6 due to personal reasons, we are hoping he’ll be able to make it back to the Seattle round in a few weeks.  Blaine Silveira was mid pack in heat one when he clipped a tough block with 1 minute and a lap to go.  He DNF’d the race and was forced into the LCQ.  The LCQ had similar results; rounding a corner on the inside he clipped a tough block that severely slowed him down.  Blaine was frustrated with his results, but is looking forward to a few weeks off as the 250SX series heads to the East Coast.  Transport rider, Taiki Koga crashed during qualifying and tore open his hip; the wound was so deep he ended up having to go to the local hospital. He didn’t fracture anything and hopes to be recovered in time for Seattle.

TPJ Team Results

Thank you to our sponsors who make all of our racing dreams possible!

Fly Racing, Pirelli, Lucas Oil, Karcher, 3D Designs, Acerbis Plastic , Benning Auto Parts, Bolt , Boyce Excavating , California Coast Plumbers , Carl’s Cycle Sales, Cometic Gaskets, Cylinder Works, DSC Construction , EBC, Engine Ice , Extreme Recycling, Fire Safety Services, Hot Cams, Magik Graphics, Meade Support Group, Millennium Trailers, Monarch Heavy Haul, MoTool, No Toil, Pivot Works, Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford, Rekluse Clutches, Ryder95, SDG Seats, Tokyo Mods, Torc1 Racing, Vertex Pistons, VP Racing Fuel, Discount Tire / Goodyear