Kawasaki Team Green™ Powered Through at the 2017 Winter Olympics to Bring Home 25 Championships

2017-11-28 08:54
Kawasaki Team Green™ kicked off the 2017 Winter Olympics serving up trackside support for their 36th year at Gatorback Cycle Park in Gainesville, Florida during Thanksgiving week. Despite a weather rollercoaster of torrential rain, heat and frigid temps, the Kawasaki riders rose to the occasion. Together, Team Green took home an impressive ten supercross championships and 15 motocross championships aboard Kawasaki KX motorcycles, as well as several other podium finishes. Additionally, Monster Energy® Kawasaki Team Green rider, Jett Reynolds received the much sought-after Pro Circuit Platinum Pipe Award and John Grewe won the Vet Masters award.

Up-and-comers Nick Romano and Krystian Janik rode their KX™85 motocross bikes impeccably in both of their supercross classes. While Romano took the championship in the 85cc (9-11) class, Janik was right behind in third, both riders finished in the top ten of the 85cc (9-11) Limited class as Janik managed to take fifth, just ahead of Romano in seventh. Reynolds captivated the crowd by grabbing the fastest lap time in the Supermini 1 (12-15) class to finish third on the podium as fellow Kawasaki rider, Nate Thrasher followed nearby reaching the checkered flag in fourth. The two teammates went on to compete in the Supermini 2 (13-16) class, finishing first and third, while Reynolds wrapped up his other two championships in the Mini Sr. (12-15) and 85cc (12-13) classes.

“I felt good out on the supercross track,” said Reynolds. “I was disappointed about the outcome of Supermini 1, but we’re still bringing three supercross championships home with us. I’m so grateful for alI of the support from my team and everyone who helps me out.”

Fresh off of winning the Amateur All-Star class at the Monster Energy Cup, Seth Hammaker entered his second “Mini O’s” event as a Monster Energy Team Green rider and did not disappoint. Hammaker competed in three classes, taking second in 450 B and vying for the top spot with teammate, Stilez Robertson in two others. After Hammaker rocketed to the holeshot with Robertson alongside him in the 250 B class, both green machines took command of the track and lead the rest of the race to finish first and second on the podium. It was Robertson who remained consistent throughout the supercross event with another second place in the Schoolboy 2 (13-16) class, while Hammaker placed 29th after an unfortunate crash. Robertson claimed his championship in the 250 B Limited class with teammate Hannah Hodges also impressing her contenders taking ninth place. Hodges returned to the line to capture the championship in the Women (14+) class. Dilan Schwartz sustained an injury after a critical fall in the 450 B heat race, which forced him to sit out the rest of the week.

“Mini O’s supercross is in the books,” said Robertson. “I still have a lot to learn, but I’m enjoying the process of riding the new bike. I’m really excited about my results this week so far and look forward to part two!”

Garrett Marchbanks and Lance Kobusch competed together in four classes placing top ten in each of their main events. Marchbanks won the championship in the 450 Pro Sport class with Kobusch joining him on the podium in third. They continued their success on the track for the 450 A, 250 A and 250 Pro Sport classes with Marchbanks finishing 3-5-8 and Kobusch finishing 4-2-3. Kawasaki Team Green riders continued their podium dominance as Tim Ferry brought home a win in the Vet 35+ class in addition to John Grewe’s victory in the Senior 45+ class.


As Gatorback Cycle Park received torrential downpour on Thanksgiving Day, the event was forced to put all motos on hold due to the track being soaked and leaving most of the campgrounds flooded. Local meteorologists stated that an entire normal November rainfall fell in just 24 hours. The 47th annual event, renowned for consuming all hours of sunlight each day in order to complete the race order lineup, was forced to reduce laps and riders were scurried off the track as the following class revved their engines at the gate. The format changes made it crucial for the riders to get a good start seeing that each moto was cut nearly in half, making it next to impossible to make a pass within the allotted time.

Kawasaki Team Green riders suited up on Saturday ready to accept the challenge as they began preparing for a jam-packed day of motocross on the slick, muddy track. Clearly not throwing him off his game, Romano continued his standout performance, winning a pair of championships after finishing 1-1 in both 85cc (9-11) Limited and 85cc (9-11) classes as Janik pushed hard to keep up with his teammate taking fourth and third overalls. Reynolds continued to turn heads as he frequented the podium earning three additional championships in the 85cc (12-13), Mini Sr. (12-15) and Supermini 1 (12-15) after finishing 1-1 in all three classes.

After a promising turnout on the supercross track, Robertson unwillingly retired from motocross due to a collision in his first race of the day. However, Hammaker proved the depth of riding ability by winning both of his motocross motos for an overall win in the 450 B class. Marchbanks added another championship to his collection in 450 Pro Sport, Alex Jorgensen finished 2-1 for first overall in 250 C Limited, Taylor Painter won his championship in Vet 30+ and Grewe continued his tradition winning every moto he entered for the day to capture an impressive four overall championships in the Vet 35+, Senior 40+, Senior 45+ and Masters 50+ classes.

“It's been a Team Green tradition to attend the Mini O’s for all of these years,” said Team Green Manager, Ryan Holliday. “It’s a great event for the riders and their families as we all come together over Thanksgiving. I enjoy watching our riders compete and get better throughout the week. Our goal is to support each and every one of the riders in order to help them succeed and I couldn’t be more proud of their efforts this year.”

Kawasaki rider championships and podium finishes from 2017 Winter Olympics Supercross Results:

250 A
Lance Kobusch – 2nd

250 B Limited
Stilez Robertson - 1st

Supermini 1 (12-15)
Jett Reynolds – 3rd

Women (14+)
Hannah Hodges – 1st

Supermini 2 (13-16)
Jett Reynolds – 1st
Nate Thrasher – 2nd

Schoolboy 2 (13-16)
Stilez Robertson – 2nd

Vet 35+
Timmy Ferry – 1st
John Grewe – 2nd

Senior 45+
John Grewe – 1st

Mini Sr. (12-15)
Jett Reynolds – 1st

85cc (9-11)
Nick Romano – 1st
Krystian Janik – 3rd

250 B
Seth Hammaker – 1st
Stilez Robertson – 2nd

250 C
Alex Jorgensen – 3rd

250 B Limited
Stilez Robertson – 2nd

450 C Limited
Matthew Kretzler – 2nd

450 Pro Sport
Garrett Marchbanks – 1st
Lance Kobusch – 3rd

85cc (12-13)
Jett Reynolds - 1st

Supermini 2 (13-16)
Jett Reynolds – 1st

450 A
Garrett Marchbanks– 3rd

250 C
Alex Jorgensen – 3rd

Junior 25+
Taylor Painter – 2nd

450 B
Seth Hammaker – 2nd


Kawasaki rider championships and podium finishes from 2017 Winter Olympics Motocross Results:

Women (14+)
Hannah Hodges - 1st (1-1)

250 C Limited
Alex D. Jorgensen – 1st (2-1)

85cc (9-11) Limited
Nick Romano – 1st (1-1)

Masters 55+
Samuel Allen Jr. – 2nd (1-2)

Senior 40+
John Grewe – 1st (1-1)
Gregory Pamart – 2nd (2-2)

Vet 35+
John Grewe – 1st (1-1)
Gregory Pamart – 2nd (2-2)
Michael Mercer – 3rd (6-3)

Senior 45+
John Grewe – 1st (1-1)

Masters 50+
John Grewe – 1st (1-1)

Vet 30+
Taylor Painter – 1st (1-1)

Supermini 1 (12-15)
Jett Reynolds – 1st (1-1)
Nate Thrasher – 3rd (2-4)

450 C Limited
Matthew Kretzler – 3rd (2-3)

85cc (9-11)
Nick Romano – 1st (1-1)
Krystian Janik – 3rd (6-2)

85cc (12-13)
Jett Reynolds - 1st (1-1)

450 Pro Sport
Garrett Marchbanks – 1st (1-1)

Supermini 2 (13-16)
Jeremy Ryan – 1st (2-1)
Nate Thrasher – 2nd (2-2)

450 B
Seth Hammaker – 1st (1-1)

Mini Sr. (12-15)
Jett Reynolds – 1st (1-1)

450 A
Lance Kobusch – 3rd (1-4)

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