Pirelli Riders Prepare for Tennessee National at Muddy Creek Raceway

Fifth Round is set to Kick off on Saturday, June 25

The fifth round of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is set to kick off this Saturday, June 25 in Blountville, Tennessee at Muddy Creek Raceway for the fourth annual Tennessee National. This season has proved to be one of the most exciting championships in recent years, featuring a star-studded field of riders who are hungry to taste success on the top step of the podium. Pirelli’s SCOPRION™ MX32™ and MX32™ PRO tires are the favorable tire selections for this weekend’s loamy soil in the Volunteer State, however, the race support truck will have a variety of options should the forecast veer off of its current path.

Justin Brayton, Muddy Creek, Tennessee National, Pirelli
Justin Brayton (51) leading the pack. Justin has been consistently aiming for top-10 finishes and will carry that confidence in Muddy Creek.Photo Courtesy of Pirelli

One rider who has been highly successful on the East Coast is the Autotrader/Monster Energy/Yamaha rider of Justin Barcia, who is fresh off of his first top five finish of the season this past weekend in Pennsylvania. “Bam Bam” is known for putting himself near the front of the field on starts and appears to have found his mojo by ripping a massive holeshot with his all-new MX32™ PRO tire in Moto 2 at High Point. With a 450MX Class resume that boasts two impressive overall victories and 14-overall podiums, Barcia will be looking to increase those numbers this weekend.

Each season racers are faced with difficulties throughout the year, including a list of nagging injuries that may often hamper their performances, but Weston Peick always manages to fight through the pain. Despite a big crash during the opening moto this past weekend, the No.28 managed to get up, dust himself off and race to a top-10 overall finish on the day. JGRMX teammate Phil Nicoletti finished fifth overall at the 2015 Tennessee National and is excited about the return to one of his favorite facilities on the Pro Motocross tour.

Phil Nicoletti, Pirelli, Tennessee Nationals, Muddy Creek
Phil Nicoletti had great results in last year's Tennessee National and is looking forward to his return to Muddy Creek.Photo Courtesy of Pirelli

As many expected of the veteran, BTO Sports/WPS/KTM’s Andrew Short has been steadily improving his results on a weekly basis. This past weekend “Shorty” recorded his best finish of the season, finishing just outside of the 450MX Class top-10. Fellow BTO Sports rider Justin Brayton has consistently been in the hunt for top-10 finishes and carries the confidence that Muddy Creek credited him with his season-best moto finish in 2015.

After failing to make the start of 450MX Moto 1 at High Point, rookie Benny Bloss will certainly be seeking redemption when the gate drops on Saturday. It will also mark his first time lining up at the widely popular raceway.

Kyle Cunningham, Pirelli, Tennessee Nationals, Muddy Creek
Kyle Cunningham leads the way for the 250MX Class and is looking to improve his standing this weekend.Photo Courtesy of Pirelli

Motorcycle Superstore Suzuki’s Kyle Cunningham leads the way for Pirelli-supported riders in the 250MX Class, finishing just outside of the top-15 in each moto at High Point. The Texan is capable of fighting for position inside of the top-10 and will look to improve this weekend. MAD Racing/Dirt Candy Graphics/Suzuki’s Luke Clout and Motorcycle Superstore Suzuki’s Josh Osby are carrying the momentum of earning their first-career national points, while Jimmy Albertson’s health continues to improve as he inches closer to his full potential.

The opening motos from the Tennessee National kick off on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 1pm ET and can be viewed on MAV TV, while 450 Moto 2 airs at 3:30pm ET on NBC and 250 Moto 2 at 4:30pm ET on NBC Sports. Check local listings for channel information.

Benny Bloss, Tennessee Nationals, Muddy Creek
Rookie Benny Bloss will be seeking redemption this weekend after failing to make the start of 450MX Moto 1at High Point.Photo Courtesy of Pirelli

2016 AMA Pro Motocross Schedule

Tennessee National – June 25
Red Bud National – July 2
Southwick National – July 9
Spring Creek National – July 16
Washougal National – July 23
Unadilla National – August 13
Budds Creek National – August 20
Ironman National – August 27