JDR Motorsports announced today that J-Star Motors has signed on as the title sponsor of its U.S. based 2011 Supercross and Motocross Team.
JDR Motorsports formed its first professional team in 2008 with the signing of former World Vice-Champion Andrew McFarlane. After great results in the 2009 season, KTM Motorsports welcomed JDR to the family and has been a supporter of the team ever since. The JDR Motorsports team won the 2010 Australian Motocross Lites Championship earlier this year with American rider PJ Larsen. The team also is in contention for the Australian Super X Lites Championship pending an appeal.
For 2011, JDR will be running a 5-rider Australian team and a 2-rider North American team. J-Star Motors has signed on to sponsor the U.S based team supporting American rider PJ Larsen in the AMA East Supercross Lites and AMA Motocross 250cc class and Australian rider Tye Simmonds aboard his KTM 350 SX-F in the AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross competition.
J-Star Motors is a successful high-end used car dealership in Anaheim Hills, CA. J-Star Motors is comprised of a staff of motorcycle enthusiasts, and therefore, has a large motocross racing clientele. The owner of J-Star Motors, Jared Merrell, loves the sport of motocross and jumped at the opportunity to get involved deeper into the sport of motorcycling racing.
“I couldn’t be happier to sign on with the JDR Motorsports Team. I have always wanted to support a racing team and was waiting for the right opportunity. My long-standing relationship with Team Manager Nathan Ramsey and the success the team has had the past year in Australia has given me the confidence and provided the opportunity for us to come aboard as the title sponsor. We are incredibly thrilled with the decision to sign on with JDR and look forward to the opening round,” said Merrell.
Ramsey mentioned, “It is great to work with Jared as I have known him for over 10 years and feel incredibly comfortable having his company as our title sponsor. J-Star is a very popular company within the motocross industry and we feel it is a perfect fit for the direction we want to take the team. I can’t wait to get the year rolling.”
“Bringing J-Star Motors on board as a title sponsor is the next exciting step in JDR Motorsports transition to the U.S.,” commented Jay Rynenberg, owner of JDR Motorsports. “J-Star Motors is focused on their public image and so are we. It is great to know they have the faith in our team to help push the J-Star Motors brand. They have a nice range of trucks for motocross riders and even high-end sports cars. We greatly appreciate them coming aboard to support our team and the motorcycle industry in these trying economic times.”
The JDR/J-Star/KTM team will make its premier at the opening round of the AMA Supercross Series on January 8, 2011 in Anaheim, CA.