Brandon Marley took a break from competition for 2013 in an effort to enhance his skills in the highly technical arenacross discipline and come into 2014 with his sights set on challenging for a title with a new team. While his preparations for the upcoming season came to a halt following a broken collarbone from a training crash, Marley has continued to focus on entering the season healthy and ready to do battle in the Arenacross Lites Class. He’s back on the bike and logging laps, ready to make his presence felt in the highly competitive field.
“After taking the 2013 season off I am looking to take my experience from the previous two years and put things together to really make an impact for the 2014 season,” explained Marley. “I began training for arenacross in July but suffered a broken collarbone resulting in surgery and a tough recovery. Currently, I have moved in with our team owner and head mechanic Brian White and I am working on getting comfortable on the new bike, with the new team, and preparing myself physically to come out swinging to my full potential. My goal for this year is to end the season in the top five in the Arenacross Lites Class and gain some more experience in the Arenacross Class.”
In addition to being one of the newest members of the BWR team, Malachi Messenger is also one of the newest faces in AMSOIL Arenacross. The 18-year-old rider is one of several competitors who will be making their professional debut in 2014, taking advantage of the Ricky Carmichael Road to Supercross program to develop his career path. While he holds modest aspirations for his rookie season, Messenger is excited to go bar-to-bar with some of the best in the world.
“Friday night in Worcester [on January 3rd] will be the first professional race [of my career],” said Messenger. “I am coming into the season with hopes of making some night shows and Main Events throughout the Arenacross Lites Class. I am excited to debut my talent as a rookie. I have been given a great opportunity by the BWR team to live with Brian, which allows for testing and training with the team and the new bike.”
Like Messenger, Logan Skaggs is another one of the promising new faces of AMSOIL Arenacross. In 2012, Skaggs became a familiar name in the discipline by capturing the amateur 85cc title, instantly establishing himself as one of the most promising young riders in AMSOIL Arenacross. Following a year hiatus to focus on his physical conditioning and well being, Skaggs will embark on his rookie season with BWR in 2014 and is eagerly awaiting his chance to battle his teammates and the rest of the Arenacross Lites Class field.
“Ending the 2012 season with the title in the 85cc Class, I took the 2013 season off to focus on my health and strength to be fully prepared for my pro debut in AMSOIL Arenacross,” explained Skaggs. “In preparation for this season, I have been hitting the gym and riding at local tracks on a daily basis. My goals for 2014 are to stay healthy all season and place inside the top 10 in the Arenacross Lites Class.”