Janssen, Fast in Texas, Finishes Second at Memorial
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and when talking about the Underground Mx racetrack that saying holds true – big jumps, a grand layout, and big-time payout greeted the world best ATV racers upon arrival at the Kemp, Texas facility. Not only a stop on the ATV Motocross Championship Series schedule, but this event also doubled as a memorial event for ATVMX’s fallen riders. This event is especially meaningful to #25 rider Cody Janssen, who has lead the charge in remembering fellow Wisconsinite and teammate, Kyler Lenz, who we lost this past year. Cody sported the 14-year-old’s #13 at Unadilla last summer and still has the number shadowed behind the #25 on his quads today. You can also find the words “Team Kyler Forever” and Kyler’s memorial decal on Cody’s quads as well as “Team Kyler #13” tattooed on his arm. It goes without saying that this was a special event to many, especially for Janssen who continues to honor Kyler Lenz on a day-to-day basis.
Two years ago, almost to the day, the now 25-year-old Janssen took a nasty spill in Texas – but you would’ve never guessed it by watching him this past weekend. Janssen was consistently fast and smooth each and every time he was on the racetrack. Currently racing the 25+ class at the ATVMX Nationals, the races look more like a title fight between the AMA ATV Pro talents of Cody Janssen and Nick Moser. In both motos Janssen got a outside-the-top-5 holeshot, quickly made his passes, and turned the race’s fastest lap times en route to chasing down the leader. But in both races, he ran out of time, came up a quad-length short, and had to settle of second. Cody Janssen aboard his #25 sits 6 points behind in the championship chase heading into the next round of racing in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
“It’s nice to have the fast [lap]times”, Janssen answered when asked post-race, “but I don’t care about that. All I care about is winning races, and we’ve come up just short a few times now. I’m riding well, I know a few things that I need to work on, and we’ll be even stronger the next time out. We’re clearly headed in the right direction….I sure am having fun riding my ATV right now!”
Cody Janssen’s speed and consistency is thanks, in large part, to the world class products he used and the support his receives from so many great companies and individuals. He must start out by thanking all the riders and families that support and attend the Cody Janssen Riding School. Another huge thank you goes out to the Swartfager Family at Swartfager Farms and Knox Country Farm Supply, this 2018 season wouldn’t be possible without you! Cody’s pursuit of his 3rd National Championship comes while using CST Tires and Elka Suspension, both industry leaders – thank you to CST Tires, Elka Suspension, as well as Impact Solutions for all the support! Major thank yous continue to SSI decals, Valvoline, Pivot Works, FMF, Klink Equipment, Ameriprise Financial – Hemauer Financial Group, Goldspeed Products, Trimble’s Cycle Center, Hinson Clutch Components, the original E-Z Up, Thor MX, Ride 100%, Atlas Brace, Bell Helmets, D.I.D Chain, CV4 Xceldyne, Walsh RaceCraft, Fourwerx Carbon, Renthal, Rath Racing, DT1, The Program, 4arm Strong, Hot Cams, Hot Rods, Cylinder Works, All Balls Racing, Vertex Pistons, Energy Release, Precision Powder, Cliff Cox at Oshkosh Tattoo and Good Girl Piercing, DP Brakes, Midwest Restoration, Pro-Tec Racing, Sunstar, Works Connection, Evans Coolant, The Stanfield Family at Napa Auto Parts of Peru, Indiana; Edwards Racing, Reynolds Body Shop, Galfer USA, Corey Garrison at Parts Unlimited, 1st Endurance, Risk Racing, Motion Pro, Kindrick Racing, the Dean and Pauline Janssen Family, Bob Marshall at Dynamite ATV, Heartland Building Co., Karsyn Tucker and Family, Tim “Burr” Decoster, Blood Sweat & Tears Clothing Brand, and so many others including his mechanics Dan Binder, Joel Janssen, Todd Blom, and Tom Culshaw. Additionally, thank you, as always, to Ken Hill for the photos. Next up is the Ironman National in Crawfordsville, Indiana, on Cody’s birthday weekend May 5-6. See you there! God bless.