RRR's Josh Upperman Says ‘Farewell’
to ATV Motocross
Root River Racing
Pro ATV MX Race Report
La Crosse, WI (8/16/2017) - Root
River Racing’s Pro ATV Motocross racer Josh Upperman
finished out his 10-year Pro career during the
AMA ATV Motocross National Championship season
finale at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane
Mills, TN. Upperman was joined by his teammate
Dylan Tremellen in celebrating his retirement
from full-time competition.
Upperman rode a consistent and safe pace to finish
seventh overall. He decided early in the weekend
that he was going to go out and have fun.
Racing's Josh Upperman finished 7th Overall
at Loretta Lynn's ATV MX Season Finale
“The track was fun,” said Upperman. “It had some
more technical stuff and I had a decent start
in the first moto, coming out second, and finished
sixth. I had a decent start in the second moto
and rode my own race. It was my last race and
I wanted to finish it. During my career I never
had any major injuries, so I played it safe. I
just went out there and had fun. I enjoyed being
on the bike and being at Loretta’s.”
Upperman has been a class act his entire career.
Starting in 2007 full time in the WPSA, he ran
his first full season of AMA in 2008. “I started
racing Pro motocross in 2006 while riding for
Tim Farr,” explained Upperman. “I started out
as a full time Pro in 2007 with WPSA and 2008
was my first year with AMA. I ended up losing
the title that year to John Natalie by 11 points.
I don’t regret a minute of it. It was an awesome
career. Honestly, I don’t know if I’ll miss the
racing as much as I will miss the people.”
Josh Upperman made his debut in the AMA
Pro ATV Motocross Class with Baldwin Motorsports
Upperman wanted to thank Tim Farr and Mark Baldwin
for their support during his storied career. Farr
gave him his start in the sport and Baldwin was
always there for him, providing always-competitive
“Tim Farr has always been my mentor,” said Upperman.
“He got my foot in the door and got me to the
point where I was able to race professionally.
Mark Baldwin and I have worked together for eight
years and he is one heck of a mechanic. I knew
before I even left my house that my bike was ready
to go. I can’t thank Tim and Mark enough for helping
me get into the position I was in. Making my dream
last a little longer was due to Rich and all of
his people. It’s been awesome.”
was Josh Upperman's final Pro race as
he has decided to retire after just over
10 years in the Pro class & he finished
6th in the 2017 ATV MX Pro Points Championship
Three years ago, Upperman was struggling to continue
on his own program, but Rich Gillette added him
to the team, which Upperman is forever grateful.
“I really can't thank Rich enough for everything
he has done for me and the team. He's such a great
guy for all the help he brings to the sport and
fulfilling people's dream to race. I seriously
would of been done a lot sooner if it weren't
for him,” said Upperman.
Also, Doug Schiltz took over mechanic duties
for Upperman, and he never suffered a DNF in his
final three years of his career thanks to meticulous
mechanic work. “Doug is an awesome mechanic, and
I have never suffered any break downs or DNFs
over the three years together. That's huge in
this sport, and I can't thank him enough for all
his hard work not only for me but he also works
on all the root river racers machines. It's been
great working with him, and we have built a relationship
that will last a lifetime as friends, he is a
great guy and great friend of mine,” said Upperman.
Racing's Dylan Tremellen finished a season
best 9th place in Moto 2 at Loretta Lnn's
Pro Rookie Tremellen went 15 and 9 for an 11th-place
overall finish. He capped his rookie season 12th
in points and is looking forward to taking a more
hands-on approach with Root River next season.
Tremellen finished out his rookie year
12th in the Pro class points championship
“We had a good year,” said Tremellen. “It was
a big jump going into the Pro class. I did what
I could, I didn’t give up, and it was a good learning
year for me. Without Rich and Root River, I wouldn’t
have been out here the last five or six years.
Next year, some things are changing. We’re returning
to Root River with a few different sponsors. We
have big plans for next year and I can’t wait
for the gate drop at Daytona.”
Tremellen will return next season ready to step
it up to another level with Root River River Racing.