Janssen, Second Again in Indiana, Remains Confident
Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana, played host to Round 4 of the ATV Motocross National Championship series. This historic facility is a favorite for many riders and is one of Cody Janssen’s favorite tracks on the tour. Janssen came into Ironman on this, his birthday weekend, with some momentum from previous races. At each race he’s been fast enough to win but has came up just short by mere feet, a second or two tops. Cody would look to get over the hump and put his #25 on the top of the podium in Indiana.
Cody Janssen looked phenomenal in Friday practice and hoped that would carry over to the weekend of racing. However, a mechanical failure would hinder him in moto one. Cracked engine cases had his Honda TRX450R not running at 100%. Janssen later admitted he was fearful that the machine wouldn’t make it to the finish, but he was able to limp it to the finish line and still salvage a 2nd place finish. The now 26-year-old spent the remainder of his birthday changing the engine on his ATV so he’d have a shot at the overall victory on Sunday, but it wasn’t meant to be on this weekend. Cody made a spectacular pass to get into second place and put a great deal of pressure on eventual winner Nick Moser. For more laps than not, Cody Janssen was the fastest rider on the racetrack, but he was unable to make the winning pass. Janssen’s 2-2 finish earned him 2nd overall on the weekend in the Junior 25+ Class, making it three runner-up finishes in a row. He is still just 9 points out of the lead in the Championship standings.
“So close again this weekend.” Janssen stated with a sigh. “My speed is there to win these [races] and I’ve changed up a few things with my [starting technique], but to be so close we have to start winning these things….But I’m fortunate because I honestly didn’t think I was going to make it to the finish yesterday, so to salvage a 2nd isn’t as bad as it could’ve been. I’m going to keep improving myself, and we’re going to go home and improve the bike a little bit, and I’m 100% confident that we’ll put this thing on the top of the box….Thanks to all who continue to believe in me!”
Cody Janssen’s speed and consistency cannot be questioned and is largely thanks 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 you’s 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; 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, Hunter Stockhoff, and Barboski Photography for the photos. Next up on the national schedule is High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, PA, on May 19-20. See you there! God bless.