Janssen’s Heart on Full Display at Monster Mountain
Many know the stories of Cody Janssen’s determination and fight. A horrific get-off in 2016 injured the World and National Champion professional ATV motocross athlete, but he got back on his machine the very next day despite having a completely swollen shut eye and being broken all over. The former AMA ATV Pro Rookie of the Year’s heart was again on display this past weekend in the Pro Class at Monster Mountain when he locked tires with another rider, flipped down the start straight, only to get back on the machine and put forth a valiant effort, turning fast laps and passing as many riders as possible but moto’s end. Don’t worry, Cody isn’t nearly busted up in the way that he was last season and expects to be back to 100% by High Point, but turning inside-the-top-10 lap times on a bent up bike after a big crash deserves it’s share of credit.
“I knew I was hurting, but [I] thought I was going to feel better than I ended up feeling [going into Sunday’s Pro Am racing].” Janssen stated via Instagram (codyjanssen25). He went on to tell us, “when I tried to really GO on Sunday, I just couldn’t fire. So the result was me riding around like a shell of myself doing the best that I could. That being said, I felt really good about my speed this weekend [prior to the crash]. I think Alabama was clearly a step in the right direction in that regard, and it’s only a matter of time before the results match the effort, preparation, and tireless work that my team and I have been putting in.” Janssen concluded with optimism and confidence.
Cody’s gutty effort earned him a 15th overall in the Pro Class and an 11th overall in the Pro Am division. The 24 year old shared on social media the words “You may see me struggle, but you’re not going to see me quit”. It’s all about stacking success and that will start already this week in preparation for the High Point National. As he said, the results will soon match the effort and dedication each member of his team continues to put forth.
Finally, Cody must thank all the incredible individuals who show their support and make competing at the highest level possible. He must thank the Londerville family and Londerville Steel for coming on as the title sponsor for this season, without Jereme and his family none of this would be possible. Thank you to Heartland Building Co., Elka Suspension, Maxxis Tires, Jay at Impact Solutions, SSI Decals, Walsh Racecraft, Valvoline, FMF, Pivot Works [Vertex, Hot Cams, Hotrods], Koster Racing, Hinson Clutch Components, DP Brakes, Thor MX, 100%, E-Z UP, Midwest Restoration, Cliff Cox at Oshkosh Tattoo and Good Girl Piercing, Risk Racing, the Stanfield family at Napa of Peru, Indiana; Pafford EMS, Reynolds Body Shop, Outlaw Mx LLC, FourWerx Carbon, 1st Endurance, DT-1 Filters, Sunstar Sprockets, D.I.D Chains, Nova Racing Gears, Galfer USA, Rath Racing, Renthal, Works Connection, 4Arm Strong, Don Straus, Pro-Tec, Energy Release, Precision PowderCoat, Goldspeed, Jeremy Edwards at Edwards Auctioneering, Corey Garrison at Parts Unlimited, Kay Gunn PT, Frank Vallone/Vallone Racing and family, Dream Chaser Designs, CV4, Xceldyne, Amped Apparel, Dominic Sumpolec’s The Program, CP-Carrillo, Motion Pro, Pro Moto Billet, his phenomenal mechanics (Joel Janssen, Haley Davis, Dan Binder, and Todd Blom), Ken Hill for the photos, and everyone else that supports him. Next up, the hills of Pennsylvania at High Point Raceway on April 29-30.