Photos by Adam Merrow
Chesapeake Beach, MD — Luke Renzland will be joining Nick Gaines on the two-man Traders Racing Kawasaki team that will contest the Monster Energy Supercross 250SX East titleand the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series.
"We’re proud to have Luke on board the Traders Racing family for the 2017 SX and MX seasons," says Kenny Day, Traders Racing Kawasaki team manager. "Luke is a great guy, and after watching him these past two years, we’ve been impressed with his passion and determination to be the best. We’re proud to have him as part of our family and looking forward to sharing in his achievements.”
Luke is coming off a 2016 season that had him sidelined for a few races due to injury in both series. Luke finished the SX season with three straight top-10 finishes (ninth in Las Vegas). He had a very productive Lucas Oil Pro MX series, as well, with two moto finishes in ninth place.
"I’m really excited to get the opportunity to work with the Traders Racing team for the 2017 season,” Renzland exclaims. “My body has healed, and I have been working very hard this off season to be 100-percent ready for the upcoming year. With the staff that they have in place, it feels like it will be easy for me to build a strong bond with this team, and from what I can tell from my first couple of days on the bike, I believe the stage has been set for me to have a breakout season. This team has a great energy, and they’re determined to help me achieve my goals”.
Nick Gaines, in his third year with Traders Racing Kawasaki team, has a new focus and determination. "My season did not start the way I thought it would (Nick fractured his femur while testing prior to the start of the SX season), that’s for sure,” Nick explains. “But the team believed in me—that meant so much too me. I have a lot to prove to myself and to show the team that together we can do this. It will be great to have Luke on the team, we have a great friendship that goes back to our minicycle days."
"We’re confident that both riders will achieve their personal best this year. They’ve gained valuable experience over the past couple of seasons, and their growth both on and off the track is evident." says Skip Norfolk, Traders Racing Kawasaki’s director of racing. "The 250 class demands the best efforts from everyone involved. We have no doubt that both Nick and Luke are up to that challenge."