Tyla Rattray took second overall in the '10 MX Lites class and will race the AMA Supercross series for the first time in 2011.
Traditionally, the AMA Supercross
Lites class of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, is a stage for the young stars of the sport to showcase their talent in hopes of ultimately receiving a factory ride in the AMA Supercross class. Many former champions of this division like Ryan Dungey, James Stewart
, Chad Reed
, Ricky Carmichael
, and Jeremy McGrath have all gone on to capture coveted AMA Supercross class titles and for 2011, the AMA Supercross Lites lineup is more talented than ever.
Despite the graduation of AMA Supercross Lites class champions from the last three years – Christophe Pourcel
, Jake Weimer
, and Trey Canard
– Monster Energy Supercross will welcome the return of several highly-talented competitors in addition to introducing a potent lineup of newcomers, four of which boasting impressive international credentials. In fact, a pair of new names will go into the history books as Western and Eastern Regional title holders once the season comes to an end on May 7 in Las Vegas.
Leading the way as title favorites for the upcoming season are Lites class veterans Broc Tickle
and Wil Hahn
. Each rider is making the move to one of the powerhouse programs in the division with Tickle joining the legendary Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki
team and Hahn becoming the newest member of GEICO Honda
. Additionally, fellow front-runners and former race winners Blake Baggett
, Justin Barcia
, Josh Hansen and Blake Wharton
along with sophomore sensation Dean Wilson
will be sure to throw their names in the mix.
Ken Roczen of Germany will also compete in the Lites class.
Adding to the incredible depth of the Lites class is the debut of four international stars. While South African Tyla Rattray
has competed stateside since the 2009 season, the former World Champion will race in Monster Energy Supercross for the first time in 2011 for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki. Joining him is fellow South African Gareth Swanepoel, who becomes a full-time member of the DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha
team, as well as a pair of highly-touted up and comers racing out of the new Red Bull KTM
stable in reigning two-time World Champion Marvin Musquin, of France, and 16-year-old phenom Ken Roczen, of Germany.
With the implementation of an all-out AMA Supercross Lites class shootout at the season finale in Las Vegas, both the Western and Eastern Regional Championships will come down to the wire on the final night of competition with nine races apiece throughout the winter and spring. Moreover, the world’s best AMA Supercross Lites rider will be determined in a head-to-head showdown between the top riders from each class to close out the evening. The 2011 AMA Supercross Lites class will be unlike ever before!
The distinction of Monster Energy Supercross being the world's premier off-road motorcycle racing championship couldn't be truer with such a globally diverse field of young talent and worldwide success. When the lights go out at Anaheim Stadium on January 8, it will commence the most prolific season in the history of the sport.
Jake Weimer was one of the more underrated 250 riders before nailing down the West Coast SX Championship in 2010. For 2012, he'll aim to recover from a difficult season plagued by injury.