Last week two East Coast-based teams, Traders Racing and Club MX/Redemption Racing, announced that they would join forces for the 2019 race season. This was surprising news to hear, as Traders Racing has established itself as a solid option for riders on the East Coast with Yamaha bikes and other support while Club MX is coming off of their first year of operation. The most important thing about the merger is the security that comes with two groups sharing the financial and logistics efforts instead of going about things on their own. It’s often a challenge for smaller, independent teams to secure funding for a full year, which is what often leads to teams shutting down shop.
After talking with people at the team, we’ve learned that plan will be to field three riders for the 250 East Coast portion of the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross Series and the Rockstar Energy Motocross Nationals in Canada during the summer months. At this point in time, Jayce Pennington is the only signed rider to the squad. The team will be aboard Yamaha YZ250F motorcycles with suspension from Ohlins and engines by Bundy Built, two groups that were a massive part of the Traders Racing program.
Kenny Day, the Team Manager from Traders Racing, spoke with us on Monday morning and explained some details of the new deal. “The Traders Racing and Club MX-Redemption Racing merger talks started up during nationals this year. As a privateer team, we are always looking for that extra edge to make the team better so when Brandon Haas (owner of Club MX) approached me about combining efforts it made total sense,” stated Day. “Being able to be in one location where we can work with our riders day in and day out is a great tool for our benefit. The Club MX facility is top notch so we have everything we could ever need at our fingertips. We're very excited for the 2019 season and beyond with this new opportunity in front of us.”
Although the rest of rider list is uncertain at this point, as Day told us they are negotiating with two riders in deals that may be finalized in the coming days, longtime rider Luke Renzland has already announced that he will not be a part of the new team. In a post on Instagram, Renzland stated that he was recently offered a contract for the team but felt the terms of the deal were not beneficial for both parties at this point in his career. Renzland and the Traders Racing team achieved their first podium together at the 2018 Indianapolis Supercross, when Renzland got into the lead pack of the 250 East-West Showdown Main Event and held on to a third-place finish.
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It's been one hell of a ride over the last two years, but myself and @tradersmxracing will not be joining forces for the 2019 season. They did offer me a contract a couple days ago but we weren't able to make things work with their new team structure for next year. What's best for the team and what's best for Luke are two different things and I had to make the call to pass on the offer. Thank you to the whole team for the past couple years full of good times, hard work, and success. I'll always appreciate the amount of support given to me by all the staff and the owner, Gary Luckett. As for me, the future is unknown at the moment. I'm working hard trying to figure out what happens next! Whether this is "So long" or "See you soon" , I'll keep charging forward and do what feels like the best option for me! Thanks for all the support my people. #teamdozer #eldozer