Replaces injured Landon Hurst
Casey Martin officially threw his leg over his new factory-backed Polaris/Rath/Duro Team Outlaw 450MXR this past weekend, at the Steel City AMA MX National. Martin accepted the challenge of competing in a premier class on a new machine with determination, as he had only a few days to prepare for the race.
When an unfortunate dirt bike incident sidelined Factory Polaris Rider Landon Hurst #179 for the remainder of the 2009 season, the search for an additional rider was on. Hurst, who has been part of the team since the beginning, will be missed under the team’s tent. He has been a crucial part of helping in the progress of the team and is anxious to return and compete with his new teammate.
Martin arrived at Rath Racing in Minnesota early last week to spend a few days on a test track. Not really knowing what to expect, he was surprised.
“I felt really comfortable right away, the bike handled well and with some time on it, I am confident I can get it to the podium,” says Martin.
“We have always believed our machine is a contender, we have been working very hard behind the scenes with development and testing this season, and we continue to show improvement each round,” says Jennifer Rath, Rath Racing team manager. “The addition of Casey to our team will give us the opportunity to continue towards our goal, to put this machine up front.”
Martin is currently holding fourth place and sixth place in overall series points in the “Pro Am Unlimited” Class and the “Pro Am Production” class respectively. The next round for the Polaris/Rath/Duro Motocross Team is scheduled June 13-14, at Unadilla Valley Sports Center, in New Berlin, NY.
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