Sam Rowe Finishes
Career-Best Fifth at Sunset Ridge MX
Kyler Lenz Motorsports / Amped
Apparel ATV MX Race Report
Deforest, WI (6/20/2018) – Kyler
Lenz Motorsports/Amped Apparel Honda Pro rider
Sam Rowe finished a career best fifth during the
AMA Pro ATV Motocross National Championship race
at Sunset Ridge MX in Walnut, IL.
Rowe qualified sixth and ripped off two great
starts in the motos. He went 6-5 to score the
fifth-place overall in what was likely the hottest
racing weekend in recent memory. With bad luck
striking at several races this season, Rowe finally
caught a break and he showed just how fast and
competitive he can ride.
“I’ve been working hard lately with Joel Hetrick
and it’s paying off,” said Rowe. “Working with
the champion is a good idea. I felt like I could
have done this a couple of times earlier this
year, but luck just wasn’t on my side. Now I’m
going to look to keep it there.”
Rowe’s Honda was outfitted with Motowoz shocks
and he was running Maxxis’ new RAZR Plus tires.
The combination worked perfectly for him at the
start of the two motos. He started fourth in the
first moto and second in the second moto.
“The whole combination was working well this
weekend,” said Rowe. “The Motowoz shocks were
on point. We made a couple of minor changes, but
nothing huge. I was running the new Maxxis RAZR
Plus tires and I liked them a lot. They are much
more consistent and you always know what they’re
going to do every time. The bike was awesome.”
Heat indexes in the triple digits didn’t make
it easy for Rowe or any of the other competitors.
Rowe, however, did everything he could. He wasn’t
going to be denied this weekend.
“It was super hot and it was tough, but I gave
it my all,” said Rowe. “After both motos, I was
laying in my camper in the AC to try to recover.
I can’t remember when it was that hot.”
He also wanted to thank his father for wrenching
on his bike in the heat to ensure everything was
perfect during the weekend. His dad was rewarded
with a top five finish for Father’s Day.
“I really want to thank my dad,” said Rowe. “He
worked his tail off all day in the heat. He didn’t
get finished until after 5 p.m. He really made
it happen for me.”
Rowe and his Kyler Lenz Motorsports team next
head to Unadilla MX in New Berlin, NY for the
next race, scheduled for July 7-8.
Sam Rowe would like
to thank his 2018 sponsors:
Amped Apparel, SSI Decals, Root River, Motowoz,
JH Racing, Rath Racing, Napa, DT-1, DP Brakes,
Sunstar, DWT, Pivotworks, Fly USA, FourWerx Carbon,
Yoshimura, JB Racing, Trimbles Cycle, Evans Coolant,
Hinson, Midwest Wheelchair Ramp, Maxxis, Kyler
Lenz Motorsports, Jeff Rastrelli Land Grading