The California native turned heads earlier this season finishing at the top of his class since turning pro in the amateur ranks at the Mini Olympics in 2010. After winning the Open Pro Sport title at this year's Loretta Lynn's Amateur National, Plouffe was looking for the perfect entry into his professional racing career. "It's unfortunate that I am filling in for an injured rider, because you never want to see someone hurt in this sport, but I am so grateful for the opportunity," remarked Plouffe. "I am really looking forward to racing with the top riders in the sport. I have been working my whole life for this step in my career and I am so happy to have the support of the JDR/J-Star/KTM Team behind me."