Rockwell Racing, a staple of the 250 West Coast portion of the Monster Energy Supercross Series, has announced the two-rider lineup that they will field through the 2019 race season will be Mitchell Harrison and Jon Ames. The team will be aboard Yamaha YZ250F bikes with support from the manufacturer, Nate Fite of Skase MX will handle engine development, and Grame Brough will head up suspension and chassis setup.
Harrison has spent time aboard factory equipment with Star Racing Yamaha and Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna, claimed a number of top-ten finishes throughout his three-year career, including a second place moto finish at the 2017 RedBud MX, and was one of seven riders to score points in every 250 West Coast SX main event in 2018, but was passed over by many this past offseason. He has spent recent weeks discreetly riding in Southern California aboard a Yamaha YZ250F.
Ames was a standout rider as an amateur, but crashes and injuries have hampered his pro career, including a pair of back-to-back femur fractures that sidelined him in 2018 and kept him from making the most of his time with the JMC Husqvarna team.
The press release from the team is posted in full below…
Rockwell Racing Yamaha will field a two-rider 250cc West Supercross team consisting of Mitchell Harrison and Jon Ames.
Harrison, fresh off his first career podium finish at Unadilla, is excited about reaching new heights on the 2019 Yamaha YZ250F platform. "I am excited to contend the 2019 West Region Supercross Series with Rockwell Racing Yamaha. Rockwell Racing has assembled a solid, competitive program and I expect to achieve strong results with their support."
Joining Harrison for the journey will be Jon Ames. Jon missed all of the 2018 season due to injury, after an impressive rookie season in 2017. "I'm really looking forward to the upcoming Supercross season with a new team and a new bike. I have great people around me and a great bike underneath me, so I couldn't be happier right now."
Ryan Clark had this to say about the upcoming season: "I am really excited to work with both Mitchell and Jon. Mitchell established himself as a podium contender in 2018 in the outdoor series, and we are hoping to provide him the tools to reach new heights in 2019. Jon, on the other hand, has a lot to prove after missing the entire 2018 season. He has all the talent in the world, and we are hoping to match that with preparation to launch his best season yet."
Chris Elliott will continue his role as team manager and will be joined by Nate Fite of Skase MX, who will act as crew chief and spearhead bike development. Graeme Brough will continue to assist with suspension and chassis setup and development. Eric Angelski will rejoin the team as Ames technician, and Matt Chase will be serving as a technician to Harrison.
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