For many years the industry’s top brands and bike manu- facturers have offered what
is called “track-side support” to the
Amateur motocross community at all
of the top races around the country;
however, it seems the new buzz
around the pits is something called
“full factory support,” a term of status that used to be reserved for the
Professional ranks once you crossed
that bridge from Amateur to Pro.
Yes, you read it right—top-tier AMA
Supercross and AMA 250/450 National
teams are signing select young athletes to represent their brand in the
Amateur nationals in hopes that they
will be the “next big thing” when they
are ready for the AMA Pro ranks.
Although this might not be news to
some of you, the details and amount
of support these young riders are
receiving have skyrocketed over the
last five years. But what exactly does
this entail? MXA decided to do some
digging and check with our connections to find out.
“Track-side support” is just that—
support at the races. At the very least,
a company will send a box van full of
parts to the events. Many companies
offer sponsorships to the Amateur
motocross community. They provide
technical assistance, if needed, at
all the big Amateur racing events.
These companies offer rider discounts
on parts, accessories and gear, especially if the rider has the potential
to become a professional motocross
racer. It’s a great marketing tool to
By Spencer Owens
have these young athletes connected
to their products. And, if you are lucky
enough to be sponsored by these
select brands, it makes racing easier.
Need tires? No worries. The crew at
Dunlop is more than happy to give
you a fresh set of MX3S’. Had a tough
moto and ripped your jersey? Cheer
up! Chances are your sponsored gear
brand is there to hook you up with a
new one. Maybe you ran out of tearoffs or need a new lens for your goggles? Hallelujah! Your goggle company
will take care of that vision problem.
The convenience of track-side support,
depending on your contract level,
could also include great discounts on
all the things you need. Modern-day
Amateur racing costs a lot of money.
Someone, normally Mom and Dad, has
to foot the bill for bikes, spare parts,
riding gear, training camps, entry
fees, travel expenses and anything
else that goes into getting to a big
Amateur national. Help of any kind is
“Full factory support” for an Amateur
rider is the teenage version of being
Ken Roczen’s teammate—if he’s still
around when you step up to the big
show. Full factory support means that
all you have to do is show up to race.
These hand-picked riders pit next
to the big rig. Their gear, goggles,
boots, tires and bikes are free. If your
bike has trouble at the races, a team
mechanic is standing by to fix it. Got
a crick in your neck from a crash?
The team trainer is there to help you
work it out. Need a blood-sugar boost?
Go on into the rig and grab yourself
something to eat. Sounds pretty rad,
right? And while no one wanted to
comment on exactly what a contract
looks like, or how much it pays, every
Amateur hopeful is angling for this
The most famous of the full factory
support organizations is Team Green.
It was formed in 1981 as Kawasaki’s
Amateur support program and has
produced talent like Austin Forkner,
Adam Cianciarulo, and former champions Justin Hill, Dean Wilson, Blake
Baggett, Ryan Villopoto, James
Stewart and the GOAT himself, Ricky
Carmichael. Originally, Team Green
was just a track-side support program.
KTM’s “Orange Brigade” was formed