Photos By Martha Farmer
Johnson Creek, WI (August 5, 2014) - CycleTrader.com/Rock River/Yamaha is proud to announce the addition of Luke Renzland to the team. The 19-year-old New Jersey native capped off his amateur career this past week with a solid performance at the 2014 Amateur National Championships at Loretta Lynn's Ranch. He took home the 450 A Class title with 3-1-1 finishes, and went 4-2-2 for 2nd overall in 250 A Class. A long time Yamaha supported rider, Renzland was a part of the Horton Racing/Cycle Trader Rock River Yamaha amateur program in 2014. With three rounds remaining in the 2014 Lucas Oil/AMA Pro National series, Renzland will make his professional debut in the 250 Class at Unadilla this Saturday, August 9. We are excited to have him on board with our team, and look forward to seeing him on the gate!
Welcome to the team, Luke! You had a great week at Loretta's! Tell us about your days at the Ranch this year. Did things go as planned for you?
Yeah, the week at Loretta's went great. You know, I started off with a lot of confidence coming into the week, especially with getting to run the #1 plate in the 450 A Class. The week started off a little rough with a couple bad starts, having to crawl my way through the pack the first two motos of the week. But I figured that out fairly quickly, we made a few adjustments, and I came out with a lot better starts the next four motos. I ended up coming away with the championship in 450 A and took 2nd in 250 A.
With such a long week isolated at the track, how do you stay focused on racing and not get distracted by everything else going on?
You know, my family has always made it clear to me that Loretta's is a big deal. It costs a lot of money to just to go and my whole family supports me down there. There's no reason to be throwing it away by hanging out in the creek and all that stuff, blowing all your energy before the races. I just hang out under my tent, back at the camper with my family. Just staying cool and hydrated, and keeping focus on what I'm there to do.
Your Dreamland compound in Florida has been well-documented over the last couple years, and it looks unreal. What is it like having such an incredible facility to do your training at?
Living at Dreamland is awesome. It's literally a dream come true to have my own facility and track to get all of my training done. Jason Baker from Dream Traxx did an awesome job building the place, and it's one of the best tracks for training. It gets rough, and rutted, and bumpy, but it also has the huge jumps, as everyone has seen on all of the videos, to get in some fun while you're doing long motos. It's been a great place to get prepared for Loretta's and the Nationals, with all the different types of terrain and I have Mike down there as my riding partner. We stay focused and get our work done, while having a lot of fun as well.
What are your expectations going into your professional debut at Unadilla?
Coming into Unadilla, my main focus is to take all of the pressure off of myself and have fun, enjoy my pro debut at my home track up here. I know that I have a lot of fans coming from my hometown, and all my family is going to be there. I'm really excited to have my debut at such a personally special and legendary track. But yeah, like I said, I just want to keep the pressure off and my goal as far as results go [is] top 15 in both motos. But I'm not putting too much into that; I just want to be strong and consistent and finish both motos, and build experience for Indiana and Utah.
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