New England Expert Josh Clarks Receives Support Ride from Warthog Racing
August 27th, 2009 • Motocross News
Josh Clark is turning pro this weekend at Southwick. Paul Buckley Photo.
Up and coming New England expert Josh Clark, 17 of Franklin, Connecticut, has recently been given a two race support ride from Warthog Racing for the Southwick and Steel City Nationals. Josh is one of the most talented and hardest working riders in New England and is hot off a successful week at the Loretta Lynn’s / Air Nautiques Amateur Motocross Championships and a dominant day at the Unadilla Amateur Summer Classic.
Josh is ready to move up to the next step in his motocross career and this support from Warthog Racing and Scott Kandel is just what Josh needs to make a successful transition from the amateur motocross ranks to the highly competitive national scene.
Warthog Racing is giving josh a support ride for the last 2 nationals of 2009.
After finishing 5th in the 450 A/Pro Sport class at Loretta Lynn’s this year and winning the 250/Open Expert A, Pro-Am 250/Lites, and Pro-Am Open/MX classes at the Unadilla Amateur Summer Classic on August 14 and 16th, it was obvious to the whole industry that he was ready to move up to the pro nationals. Seeing the potential of such a hard working and dedicated rider, Chris O’Neal of O’Neal Images set up a meeting at Central Cycle Club in Central Village, Connecticut between Josh Clark and Scott Kandel, owner of the Warthog Racing team.
Kandel was impressed by Josh’s style, speed and work ethic after watching just a few laps and as a result Josh will be receiving support from the Warthog program for the last 2 nationals of 2009.
Clark, by far, is one of the hardest working riders to come out of New England in a long time. Josh has worked his way up through the ranks of the NESC motocross circuit and has been dominant along the way. Moving from 85s to the 125 Amateur class and eventually to the 125 and 250 Pro/Expert classes, Clark has remained a contender regardless of his competition.
Josh Clark’s smooth, fast and aggressive style is breathtaking. Photo by Addy Kirkpatrick for Buckley Photos.
What has allowed Clark to consistently improve his speed and skills is his incredible work ethic. By far one of the hardest training and most in shape riders in New England, Clark has always put in the work off the track, which has translated into success on the track. Josh’s dedication and work ethic are testament enough to how deserving he is of this opportunity.
The Warthog Racing program was started by Scott Kandel as a way to provide talented, yet overlooked riders with a chance to make an impact on the national scene. Scott is dedicated to giving riders opportunities to make the most out of their talent. Despite Clark’s recent success, he has been overlooked by the major national teams, and this opportunity will hopefully allow him to make a name for himself on the national scene.
At the very least, keep you eye on Josh Clark at Southwick and Steel City. Josh has a lot of experience at Southwick and should be able to put in a very solid result. Hopefully he can carry some confidence into Steel City and come out with two great finishes, which should help to get him a great ride for next season.
Josh’s sponsors include Factory Connection, Fly Racing, Spectro, Central Sports, Warthog Racing, X-Pro Motorsports, Central Cycle Club, H.A. Latham Moving and Storage.