Rider: Kyle Regal
Team: L&Mc Racing Honda
Machine: Honda CRF450R (#30)
Born: May 14, 1991 in Howell, MI
Born in Howell Michigan, young Kyle Regal decided to roll the dice with his career by skipping Loretta Lynn’s in 2009 in favor of turning pro earlier than expected. While there were many who judged his choice to do so, it only took a few races for them to be proven wrong.
Kyle raced a couple of rounds early in the ‘09 MX season without notice, and then skipped out on some others by choice. In another move that was uncommon amongst many amateurs of his age and experience, Regal decided to race in the 450 class. After only a few rounds it was clear that Kyle had the speed and determination necessary to compete at the pro level.
During the 2010 season of Supercross – Kyle’s rookie season – he decided to race in the 450 class after a few short rounds. Having experienced poor luck on the Lites bike, Kyle was feeling more comfortable on the bigger bikes. Though he suffered some setbacks throughout the season, Regal turned his mistakes into an advantage for the MX series. During his first season in the premier class the 19-year-old was a regular fixture near the front pack, and managed second-place finishes at both Freestone and Spring Creek. Taking ninth overall in the series, Regal permanently ended the debate whether he was mature enough for the bigger bikes.
In 2011 Regal joined alongside superstar James Stewart at San Manuel Yamaha. Poised to be a serious threat in the class, Regal’s best SX finish took place in Seattle where he earned seventh. After finishing the series 15th overall, Regal had a long layoff before returning in the final four rounds of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship. The season would end with minimal progress, however, as Regal rounded out the year outside the top 20.
Regal missed much of the 2012 Monster Energy Supercross season due to a dislocated hip and broken femur. He returned in Round 10 at Daytona, and earned his best placement of the year in 12th. He continued to struggle during the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, taking zero points in a number of motos. His best performance came in the season finale at Lake Elsinore where he placed sixth in Moto 1.
2012: 25th (SX), 22nd (MX)
2011: 15th (SX), 21st (MX)
2010: 9th (MX)
2009: 16th (MX)