Ben LaMay to Race Hangtown NationalThursday, May 6, 2010 | 9:31 AM
With the Red Bull Pro Nationals and the Maxxis British Championships both on hiatus during the weekend of the Hangtown Classic, Ben LaMay has made arrangements to make the long trek from his temporary residence in the U.K. to compete at the opening round of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Coming off solid performances in both premiere series in the U.K Ben feels he can race Hangtown and make a statement about his improved form and true speed to the American teams and keep his name on their radar.
2010 has already been a busy season for the young American rider, racing full time in the both the Maxxis British Championships and the newly formed Red Bull Pro Nationals. Between Championship and National rounds, Ben rides select Wulfsport British Masters events to gain experience, learn the European circuits and dial in the new YZ450s. The American has continued to meet the expectations of Samsung Yamaha's team manager Roy Emberson and turn heads throughout the paddock.
The past three weekends saw LaMay getting time in all three series and really hitting his stride. Three weeks ago LaMay and the Samsung Yamaha team traveled to Dean Moor where LaMay was able to hold on for a 1st overall to edge out PAR Homes Honda's Brad Anderson and take his first Wulfsport Master victory of the 2010 season.
Then two weeks ago, LaMay returned to Landrake where he made his British Championship debut in 09 for the second round of the Red Bull Pro Nationals. He was able to finish 2nd in the first moto and fight back from an early mistake where he stalled the bike on the line to finish 6th in moto 2. Those results were good enough for a trip to the podium with a 3rd place overall and improve his position in the Championship standing to 2nd.
This past weekend saw a trip to the Duns circuit for the third round of the Maxxis British Championship event where LaMay continued to show his speed, throwing down the fastest lap in qualifying. Ben was able to finish the event 7th overall, currently 9th in the Championship standings.
Ben looks forward to returning to the United States and competing on American soil again. Anyone interested in providing a race bike or support for this single event is asked to contact Jeremy Sharpley at [email protected]