Colorado Springs, CO (1/7/05) ¿ The AGP Racing team changes its name to BlueStarMX.com for 2005, and preparations are already under way for the new season.
In its fourth year of Factory Yamaha backing, the premier team in women’s MX has some big plans for `05. Young veteran Sarah Whitmore returns for 2005, and she will be joined by 19-year-old rising star Tarah Geiger. Whitmore has been a top rider in the WMA for a few years now, challenging for the championship almost every year. She is a former winner of the Loretta Lynn¿s National Championship as well.
¿This team has never let us down,¿ says Yamaha¿s Mike Guerra. ¿I¿m confident we will have another good year with them.¿
In 2004, Gieger won the Loretta Lynn’s Championship and finished second in the WMA AMA National Championship Series, landing on the podium at every round and winning round four. In her first week with the team, she won the Women’s class at the Mini O’s in Florida, then drove all night to Texas where she became the first woman to beat 2003 WMA Champion Steffi Laire in the USA, finishing first overall at the prestigious Z1R WMA Cup.
¿I feel like I¿m really moving up right now,¿ says Geiger, who is riding the four-stroke Yamaha YZ250F. ¿BlueStarMX.com has put together great bikes for me, and the support is there. It¿s up to me, now.¿
Whitmore won the first round of the WMA Series in ’04 but fell victim to the Epstein-Barr Virus halfway through the series and was forced to watch from the sidelines. With the virus in remission, she came back to race at the Z1R cup on her new `05 YZ125 to finish 6/3 for 4th overall (coverage will be shown on Speed). Now, she’s back to 100% and is ready to go after the ’05 championships.
¿I¿m back on a two-stroke, which I really like,¿ Whitmore said. ¿The 2005 YZ125 is so light and powerful that I don¿t feel like I¿m at a disadvantage at all. I just need to stay healthy and the rest will come.¿
Sarah is making a change to MSR racewear for 2005, utilizing the company¿s new Girl¿s RG2X gear.
¿The BlueStarrMX.com team is very important to us,¿ says MSR¿s Dave Casella. ¿They will be wearing our new Girl¿s RG2X gear, and we couldn¿t be happier about that. Sarah has shown herself to be a top rider in the WMA, and we¿re expecting great things out of her this year.¿
Also coming on board for 2005 is new energy drink brand Skaterade, started and run by skateboarding legend Salman Agah.
¿As a brand, we are excited to support women who are into MX and skateboarding,¿ says Agah. ¿We want to help them follow their dreams. That¿s what Skaterade is about. We¿re helping to facilitate the dreams of young people who want to have a career in skating and motocross. The BlueStarMX.com team is just an extension of that for us. We will help Sarah and Tarah however we can.¿
And finally, Etnies is onboard as a team sponsor for 2005 as well, supplying team members with shoes and casual wear for the season. Patrice Fernandez at Etnies. ¿We¿ve been involved in motocross for quite some time,¿ says Etnies¿ Patrice Fernandez. ¿We¿re really excited to finally be a part of the top women¿s team out there.¿
Riders and race highlights in `04 were shown on ESPN2, Speed, and FuelTV’s GKA.
The team will again compete in the 6-round WMA/AMA Outdoor National Series events typically run in conjunction with the men’s AMA Nationals, along with the Loretta Lynn¿s National Championships and various other major races.
BlueStarrMX.com team sponsors include new sponsors: Etnies, KMC Wheels, MSR, Linkincmx.com, The Agents, Skaterade, and Kicker. And Yamaha, Dunlop, Alpinestars, Motorex Oils, Galfeer Brakes, Sunstar Sprockets, ProX Pistons & Clutches, Topar Triple Clamps, Fastway Footpegs, TekBolt, Carbon Fiber Works, FMF, 909, Sponsorhouse.com, Voelker Research, RMNetworks.com, O’GIO, MotocrossAdventures.com and Jenny Leonard Web Design, remain with the team as well.
Media/Sponsorship Contact Info:
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