We call it silly season. As the industry and fans look forward to who will be where in the 2017 season, focus goes to the big names like Ken Roczen, Cooper Webb and Jeremy Martin making big moves. As the factory spots fill up, we look at support teams that normally host more riders and what privateers deserve a shot at the next step of their career.
Earning points week in and week out leaves a rider wanting more. It can give that feeling of what will it take to get noticed? It's been referred to as privateer island. This season Jesse Wentland is one of those riders who is paddling his way towards a ride with more support.
Wentland began his professional career in 2013 with support carrying over from a successful final amateur year. Without factory support and racing out of a box van he's been able to put himself towards the top of the results sheets on multiple occasions. Hoping that he's turned some heads, Wentland has parted ways with his team and is looking for something new in 2017. The national numbers were released today and the Elk River, Minnesota native has bettered his number by one spot and will run 62 next season.
This past season may not have shown us all of what Jesse is capable of, but he would show flashes of what he has to offer. In 2016 he'd put in impressive performances not only in supercross and motocross but in both the 250 and 450 classes. Racing the Monster Energy Supercross series in the 250 East Championship he'd finish 19th overall with 41 points. Cracking the top 10 is very impressive and Wentland would do it in back to back to back weeks with an 8th in Daytona, 5th in Toronto and 10th in Detroit. Jesse would battle injuries late in the season and be forced to miss a few rounds. Switching to the 450 class to race the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships he'd again see good days and injuries. Wentland would go on to score 48 points and finish 26th overall. His best result coming at his hometown race, Millville. He'd go 12-14 for 13th overall. Again he'd miss rounds at the end of the season with a broken collarbone.
Just wanting to catch the eye of teams like Geico Honda, Pro Circuit, Star Yamaha, Rock River and teams on the next level is something he knows can elevate him to consistently being a top 5 guy. Teams, Jesse is on the market! He's had flashes of what he can bring to the table and is a name we feel should be on everyone's list.
Privateer Island is a tough place to be and even tougher to get off of. Some guys just deserve a chance.
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