Here’s a quick look at how BOX and Promax-sponsored teams and riders did. First year as a major sponsor and they cleaned house, see the long list of wins!
Thanks to Box and Promax for sending this over and congrats on an amazing year!
From start to finish, CGI’s first season as a major sponsor with BOX Components and Promax was a winning success.
The 2013 race season started in Reno with wins by Phoenix Factory Racing and J&R/Speedco in Phoenix at the USA BMX Silver Dollar Nationals. These wins were followed by DK Bicycles’ elite woman Caroline Buchanan winning at the Winter Nationals in Phoenix her first time on BOX and Promax parts. At year’s end, the Haro/Promax and J&R/Speedco teams collected enough points to claim the National Number 1 Factory and Bike Shop Team titles respectively. In between were dozens of other big wins and podium finishes, including several World Championship titles and medals.
Here’s a quick look at how BOX and Promax-sponsored teams and riders did.
The Haro/Promax Team finished the year winning its second-consecutive National Number 1 Factory Team Title.
Haro/Promax: With two new title sponsors, the team took 13 national wins throughout the season and accumulated 3,499 points to take the National Number 1 Factory Team title for the second year in a row. Riders like Rusty Nesvig, Kevin Pauls, Connor Defrain, Madison Martinez and Madelynn DeSantis were virtually unbeatable all year. Nesvig finished his last year as an amateur with his seventh NAG 1 title.
J&R/Speedco: The team had another great season, winning 16 nationals and its fourth-straight National Number 1 Bike Shop Team title.
DK Factory Team: Anchored by Barry Nobles and Caroline Buchanan, the team was everywhere and did just about everything. Most notably, Buchanan won the World Championships in New Zealand, while Nobles had one of his best seasons to date, performing well in USA BMX and Supercross races and at the Worlds. Spencer Cole dominated his class with 15 straight national wins out of 16 possible.
Dutch National Team: Led by Jelle Van Gorkom, the BOX-sponsored Dutch National BMX Team was a dominant force all season. Van Gorkom won the UCI/GSX Supercross race at his home track in Papendal following a second in Santiago del Estero. He finished the season narrowly missing the UCI/GSX series overall win. Laura Smulders rode consistently throughout the year, with a third in Santiago del Estero and a fourth in Papendal, to take third overall. Merle van Benthem took third in Manchester before breaking both of her collarbones in separate crashes. Twan van Gendt, Raymon van der Biezen and Roy van den Berg also performed, helping make the Dutch Team Number One in the world.
Factory BOX: In a year where he was inured more often than not, Marc Willers managed to salvage the season with a silver medal at the World Championships in front of his fellow countrymen. Toby Johnson and Michelle Senger finished the season strong at the Grand Nationals and earned NAG 3 and NAG 6 respectively.
Factory Promax: The team came together mid-season after Arielle Martin’s and Kory Cook’s sponsor pulled out of racing. Martin, who made her return to the track after a life-threatening injury prior to the Olympics put her racing career in doubt, kicked off the Supercross season with a solid performance in Manchester, flowed by a second in Papendal. Leading the UCI/GSX series in Chula, a crash in the last turn in the main meant Martin would finish second overall. Cook focused on USA BMX racing, making several mains, including the Pro Spectacular at the Grands. Next year, South African Teagan O’Keefe joins the team, replacing Martin, who retired.
New Zealanders: Kurt Pickard (Haro), Sarah Walker (Avanti), Matt Cameron (Crupi) and Trent Jones (DK) had various levels of success this year. All raced in the United States more than ever before with Pickard picking up his first Elite win at the Stars-and-Stripes Nationals in South Park as well as a handful of Holeshot Awards. Walker got on the podium in Salt Lake City for the first time following injury, before reinjuring herself in Rockford. Cameron made several Elite mains in the U.S. And Jones impressed many making the semis at Worlds, his first Elite race.
SE Racing: Javier Colombo had another amazing year. He battled at the front of the Vet Pro class all year and just missed getting the National Number 1 title.
Anthony Dean: Dean (DK) was one of the most explosive and exciting racers on the Supercross circuit this year. The Aussie looked poised to get his first win in 2013, but injuries and crashes took their toll. Still, he finished the year ranked 11 in the world.
Brooke Crain: Always a crowd favorite, we were proud to sign Crain (Haro) as a BOX supported rider. She placed second in Manchester and picked up a handful of USA BMX National wins and podium spots, including an impressive year-capping second at the Pro Spectacular at Grands.
Frenchies: France’s Manon Valentino (GT) and Damien Godet (DK) rode with BOX components throughout the season. Valentino was a force to be reckoned with, riding strong in the Supercross series and winning a bronze medal at Worlds as well as the European and French National titles. On the comeback from injury, Godet rode well all year, placing high in Supercross time trials and standing on the third step of the podium in Papendal.
Factory GT: BOX’s sponsorship of the worldwide GT team was low-key, but not insignificant. Because their GT Speed frames feature BB30 bottom bracket shells, the team played a major role in the development of the BOX Vector cranks. Martijn Jaspers, Joris Daudet, Quentin Caleyron, Jack Kelly and Sophia Foresta using BOX brakes and cranks all had great years. Not to mention Felcia Stancil, the 2013 Junior Elite World Champion. Next year, BOX’s relationship with the team will be even more significant.
Dane Morales: Morales (Auburn) followed up his amazing first year of racing with a second consecutive World Championship title and a string of national wins and podium spots. A crash in the main at Grands, however, dashed his hope of taking top NAG honors.
Fast Signs/GHP: Making his return after a series of injuries, Corey Reid had a very solid year, finishing third in Salt Lake City and fourth in the Pro Spectacular at Grands.
Phoenix Factory Racing: The Phoenix team put together a solid first year on the USA BMX National circuit with several wins and a very respectable third in the Factory Team title hunt. In 2014, the team will be known as Phoenix/BOX.
Like BOX on Facebook
Like Promax on Facebook