Janssen Runner Up at Sunset Ridge
Inclement weather in east Tennessee caused the Muddy Creek ATV National to be cancelled, so the series had been on an extended break following Cody Janssen’s win at High Point nearly a month ago. This past weekend the ATVMX series resumed racing at the beautiful Sunset Ridge Mx facility in Walnut, Illinois. Coming off the momentum of his win at the precious event, Cody Janssen looked to put on a strong performance at his “home” race on the national tour.
Janssen spent the unexpected break making improvements to both himself and his machine. The speed of the #25 was apparent from the moment he took the track for the first time on Friday; Cody spent the weekend turning top 5 Pro Class lap times. After battling a sticking throttle and losing rear brakes in Moto 1 – and still managing a second-place finish – Janssen was confident heading in to Moto 2 after a good finish while battling adversity. Cody’s speed and his usual battle-until-the-end attitude were on display in Moto 2, but he came up a half second short of his 2nd straight victory. Janssen remains 2nd in the championship points chase and will be on the hunt for another victory at Unadilla, one of his favorite tracks, in a few short weeks.
“I wanted so bad to get a Father’s Day win for my dad this weekend, I rode tail off but finished 2nd today.” Janssen stated on his Instagram account. He elaborated to us: “There are definitely positives to take from this weekend. I feel great and my [ATV] is better than ever, we’ve made some changes that have improved my holeshots…. Overall, my whole program is top notch, we just came up a few feet short again this weekend. But I’m grateful for these memories and the unbelievable support from so many. We have 3 races left, and the goal is to win each weekend out.” When questioned about a potential move back to the Pro Class to finish out the season, Janssen made it clear that we may see him in another class before the season concludes.
Cody Janssen’s speed and consistency cannot be questioned this season and is largely thanks to the world class products he uses and the support he 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, Fuel Customs, Risk Racing, Motion Pro, Kindrick Racing, the Dean and Pauline Janssen Family, Bob Marshall at Dynamite ATV, Heartland Building Co., Mr. and Mrs. David Bartz, Don Straus, 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, DL720SNAPS, and Barboski Photography for the photos. Next up on the national schedule is Unadilla in New Berlin, New York, on July 7-8. See you there!