Team Trick Tank Ads Jim Chester

With the Live Nation Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open of Motocross coming up on October 12-14 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Team Trick Tank riders Jake Gilbertson, Justin Hopson and Josh Harris are training every available moment at the Trick Tank practice facility in Blacksburg, S.C. to prepare for the biggest race of the amateur Arenacross series.

All three riders have qualified for this, the most prestigious race of the year, and they’re all looking for victories in their respective classes.

To insure that these riders have the best chance at winning, long-time Arenacross rider and 2002 Regional Arenacross Champion Jim Chester will be working with all three riders as a coach to help them prepare for the most important races of their career.

To help their cause, team owner Bob Gilbertson has built an exact replica of the Las Vegas track for the riders to practice on to give them all the tools they need to be ready for Las Vegas.

“We’ll be training really hard for the next month to give Jake, Justin and Josh the experience and confidence they’ll need to succeed in Vegas,” Chester said. “We’re all looking forward to racing and hopefully winning at the U. S. Open and with a little bit of luck it could be that all three riders will do well and maybe even win their main events.

Gilbertson will be racing in two classes, 85cc 12-15 and the 85 cc Super Mini classes while both Justin and Josh will race in three classes, the 125 cc intermediate, 250 cc Intermediate and College Boy 16-24.

Hopson won his class in 2005 and hopes to again claim the top spot on the podium while Gilbertson and Harris are looking to make their first trip to the podium.

“These kids have the desire and the equipment they need to succeed and hopefully we’ll come out of Vegas with the championships,” Chester added. “We’re all going to be working really hard the next month and baring any unforeseen circumstances we should be in good shape for the race.”

Chester will not only be the coach for the team, he’ll also be competing in three classes, the over 25, the over 30 and the over 35 events and he hopes his students learn everything they can this next month to achieve the goals they’ve set for themselves.