Honda Announces Team Line Up And Partnership
Salisbury, NC (1/11/2018) - American
Honda announces their support of the Rockford
Fosgate/ TiLUBE Honda Team to contend for the
2018 AMSOIL Arenacross, Monster Energy Supercross
East Lites, and the Wiseco ATVMX Championships.
TiLUBE, a familiar name with success in the Arenacross
and SX Lites series has partnered with Rockford
Fosgate to add another dynamic to their already
The Rockford Fosgate/ TiLUBE Honda Team is proud
to introduce its 2018 lineup
Contesting the Arenacross Class will be the return
of rider No. 5, Jace Owen. Owen won seventeen
main events, nine overalls, and finished second
in overall points in the 2017 series. Joining
Jace is a rider that is no stranger to AX and
who is hungry to win again, the No. 2 of Chris
A solid Lites Class effort will be fielded by
the No. 14 of Heath Harrison (East) and the No.
13 of Jared Lesher (West).
Technical Director/Team Principal Buddy Brooks
will build and maintain the bikes, as well as
continue to work closely with Honda in engine
research and development on and off track.
Mechanic(s) Talon Bronk (for Owen), Wayne Eller
(for Blose), and Gary Schlentz (for Harrison)
will report to Team Principal/Team Manager David
Riders competing in the East Lites SX effort
will consist of the No. 37 of Frederick Noren
and the No. 44 of Lorenzo Locurcio. “We are excited
to see how Noren’s experience and maturity can
help guide newcomer Locurcio’s speed”, states
Buddy Brooks, who will return as Team Principal
(overseeing management, engines/technical, and
mechanics). Talon Bronk and Jimmy Brooks will
serve as the team’s SX mechanics.
The team will also be fielding championship efforts
in the ATVMX Series. 2017’s Pro Champ, Joel Hetrick,
will lead the assault with his No. 1 plate (Career
No. 88). The No. 135 of Pro rookie Haedyn Mickelson,
Pro-Am rider No. 100 - Noah Mickelson, and Pro
Sport rider Grayson Eller – No. 171 will complete
the roster of Hetrick’s teammates.
Mechanic(s) Brandon Lauer (for Hetrick), Mike
Jackson (for H. Mickelson), Wayne Eller (for N.
Mickelson), and Jim Hardy (for Eller) will work
with Suspension Specialists Doug Roll and Jay
Gobel, and Race Development Director - Rod Mickelson
under the direction of Team Principals David Eller
and Buddy Brooks. In 2017, this group captured
ten overall titles including- two Rider of the
Year awards, Pro Mechanic of the Year, and AMA
ATV Team of the Year.
“We are beyond excited to be part of the Honda
Family. We couldn’t be more proud as to how this
partnership has come together. This has not been
a short process. We are ready to go Racing. We
have a solid program, expect to contend for multiple
championships, and will let our results continue
to speak for themselves,” says Team Principal,
TiLUBE’s Joe Murphy states “that It’s great to
have American Honda on board this year. With all
the team members we have in place, we will be
consistent competitors, week in and week out.”
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About Rockford Fosgate
Starting in 1973,
Rockford Fosgate has spearheaded the car audio
revolution. Nothing has changed. Rockford Fosgate
continues to maintain global leadership in audio
innovation. Your passion is our purpose. We engineer
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About TiLUBE Lubricants
Since its inception
in 2003, TiLUBE has become one of the most trusted
names in motocross and powersports around the
Midwest and the country. TiLUBE is solely owned
by Joe Murphy. For more information go to www.Tilube.com