Lake Elsinore, Calif., (January 5, 2005) — The MDK Motorsports team of Nick Wey and Eric McCrummen is hitting its stride. Started by motocross enthusiast and businessman Mark Kvamme before the AMA Nationals began last year, the team has already seen two podiums in its first three races since signing Wey.
With riders Michael Brandes and Casey Johnson, the MDK Motorsports team, then under the sponsor Linked-In.com, made an assault on the 2004 AMA Nationals. Building on what they learned then, they signed former factory Suzuki star Wey for 2005. Wey will campaign the 250cc Supercross Series on a Honda CR250R and the Nationals on a Honda CRF450R.
“It means a lot to me that these guys wanted to sign me so badly that they did whatever it took, Wey said. “Knowing I have people behind me like this makes a big difference to me in my confidence level. All I want to do is work that much harder for them.
With Wey on board, the MDK team is on its way to meeting its first goal — to become the top AMA privateer team in the pits. Eventually, they would like to drop the word “privateer from that statement altogether.
“I really envision this team to be similar to a top-flight NASCAR or open-wheel racing team, says team owner Mark Kvamme. “Those teams are examples of what you can do on your own.
Since signing Wey, he has achieved second overall at the US Open in October, fourth at the first World Supercross GP round in December, and second at round two in Vancouver a week later.
“What we like about Nick is that he’s a hard worker, Kvamme says. “That’s why we did everything possible to sign him to ride for us. It has been a perfect fit.
Besides Wey, the team invested in young Eric McCrummen. McCrummen will spend the first part of his rookie season racing the entire 125cc Western Regional Supercross Series on a Honda CRF250R, and follow that with an assault on the AMA 125cc Nationals.
“I’m really excited, says McCrummen. “They’ve put a lot of faith in me to give me a shot like this, and I’m not going to let them down. I will put everything I have into this opportunity. I can’t wait!
Still managing the team, as he has since its inception, is former MXer Danny Paladino. Paladino has spent the entire off-season establishing a new Southern California base for the team, including new race shop and test-track facility. All of these efforts will afford the team a solid foundation to build on in the 2005 season.
“We like being the underdogs, Paladino says. “Whatever we accomplish, it will be through old-fashioned hard work and dedication. I don’t think people were taking us seriously, but after seeing Nick’s performances since he signed with us, I think we’re turning some heads.
MDK Motorsports’ 2005 sponsors include: Pro Circuit, Honda, Cernic’s, Bridgestone, Gambol, Execute Sports, Maxima, Hinson, Light Speed, Scott, I-Moto, Tag Sprockets, Twin-Air, Newfern and UFO.
Nick Wey will wear MSR gear, HJC helmets, Scott goggles and Oxtar boots.
Eric McCrummen will wear Shift gear, Fox boots, Fox helmets and Scott goggles.