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MAX MUSCLE & JDR MOTORSPORTS JOIN FORCES
By: Patrice Koutoulas
JDR Motorsports (JDR), an independent motorcycle race team, has proven to be a success magnet for all things motorsports. With only a few years under its belt, the Australian-founded team, has progressed forward at a rapidly fast pace, now operating race teams in Australia and the United States. Max Muscle Sports Nutrition recently joined the JDR family to provide assistance with the extreme physical demands of the sport and most importantly, to help win championships.
JDR Motorsports was formed by a father son collaboration who were inspired by the mental and physical demands of motocross. After only three years of operation, JDR has earned six consecutive Australian Championships. Now, the JDR family has an esteemed international status, having opened their arms to the U.S. market in 2011.
JDR’S Max Muscle sponsored athletes include multiple Amateur Motocross Champion, PJ Larsen, and Aussie import, Tye Simmonds. Larsen, 21, competes on a 250 bike. The 250 class brings with it a pool of natural talent and rivalry. Simmonds, 18, is the youngest athlete competing in the premier 450 class. Both athletes reside in Murrieta, California where they spend most of their hours at the track, in the JDR workshop in Murrieta or in the gym.
Supercross, an evolution of motocross, begins in Los Angeles on Jan. 7 , where the Champion will be crowned on 5th of May in Las Vegas. If you’re interested in experiencing the roots of the sport, motocross begins only weeks after the completion of supercross, at the end of May and finishes early September. With the series covering majority of the states in the United States, there are plenty of opportunities to get a taste of the sport.
So, what is motocross? Motocross is electrifying. What you will witness from a motocross (or supercross) event is a brutal competition of indestructible strength and an entirety of admiration and respect for the athletes. Spectators curl their toes in anticipation as a rider holds onto his bike for dear life. This off-road sport takes place over a very rough terrain, with sharp turns and steep hills. Professional motocross races have long durations; most of the time lasting more than 30 minutes.
So how is a rider able to control a 200-pound bike, while maintaining top speed, going through mud, climbing hills and taking hairpin turns? Training is crucial if a rider wants to make it to the pros or if he wants to remain a pro. Every muscle of the rider’s body must be finely tuned. Motocross training involves a combination of 30-minute sessions on the bike, strength and resistance training in the gym and cardio workouts to get through extreme humidity conditions at the race.
With a total of 29 rounds a year, 58 races, back-to-back formats and the highly probable chances of injury, the professional athletes representing JDR cannot rely solely on skill. While passion is a driving force in the sport, motocross demands a recipe of talent, fitness and strength from the riders for ultimate success.
Global team owner, Jay Rynenberg, comments on the success of a rider stating, “A champion in motocross is someone who has both the mental and physical capacity to overcome the unforeseen circumstances of each race. They need determination, fitness and agility to face whatever and whoever they are up against on race day.” Without this formula, success is limited. To ensure that JDR’s athletes meet the physical demands of this ruthless sport, Max Muscle is there with key supplements, including protein and vitamins.
One of the most common physical side effects of motocross is “arm pump,” which is caused by a build up of lactic acid in the forearms. Almost all riders experience arm pump at one stage throughout their career, which could impair their performance, as well as the longevity of their career. Larsen suffers arm pump and uses Max BAX to assist with his forearm difficulties and lactic acid build-up.
Max Muscle allows athletes to control the controllable. With so many frequent injuries and physical constraints imposed on the athletes, there is never too much help. Persistence and a healthy body are the keys to achieving goals both mentally and physically.
You don’t always get what you wish for; you get what you work for. After working hard to push the sport to its limits in the land down under, there is no doubt that the JDR family will continue to grow as the sport will grow with them. What’s next on the bucket list for JDR? World domination. MS&F