Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wrench in the Program...Tony Archer.

Underdogs. Every privateer goes week to week as the known underdog. Struggling to get from race to race while fitting in bike prep and training. Racing for the pure love of the sport and striving for points.

When a small non factory supported team puts forward an effort to support racers who have proved themselves, it goes a long way. 

A team with a solid presence in the pits is the Traders Racing guys. They have been producing impressive results and are coming out of Utah with all 3 of their riders earning points in both motos. One of those guys, 450 class rider Tony Archer.

Photo: Diffysmooth 

Piloting the number 285 Kawasaki, Archer is in year 6 of his professional career and finding consistency. The now 22 year old from Waldorf, Maryland admits to a just decent amateur career. His best result being at Loretta Lynn's 2009 with a 6th overall. That all turned around this season with a career best 8th place in moto 2 of Budds Creek. 

Tony felt like that 8th at Budds may have never gotten the chance as severe storms postponed racing after a miserable first moto. A few crashes and pulling out of moto 1 left him with a 40th. He got that 2nd moto. "I came out with a good start and fought hard the whole moto for 8th. Felt like a dream."

Tough motos seem to favor Archer's style. Endurance and consistency are a strong point and he will be going strong towards the end of the moto. Admitting that the timed qualifying doesn't benefit him. "I always seem to do better with a gate drop."

Photo: Diffysmooth

Goals of scoring points are on every privateers list. The comfort and support from his team makes those goals a reality for Tony, as he currently sits 26th overall in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. "My main goal is to find my weaknesses at the races and improve on them every week."

Archer has been spending time with his team at Luke Renzland's Dreamland Facility. He trains with Luke and credits him for some of his improvements. "It's a proven program and I take confidence from that to the races." It adds a confidence that can be hard for privateers to find while on the road. Tony spent many rounds traveling to the races in the Traders rig. Squeezing in riding time and things like a run can be a challenge. The program at Dreamland brings stability.

And this is where we throw a wrench in the program. Literally. Tony's Dad is an auto mechanic and has taught his trade to his son. Before taking to racing full time Tony was spinning wrenches for his dad every day. "I still do it some in the off season and it's a great skill to have once racing is done."

Tony's dad has been a key part of the racing program as well and encourages the never give up attitude that runs in the Archer name. He also credits team manager Kenny Day for helping when Tony would let emotions get the best of him. He has learned to shake things off but says "I was a bit of a hot head." He's obviously settled down a little.

Tony is supported by Traders Racing, Tic Tabs, Pro Circuit, Eagle Amusements, Thor MX, 100%, Limited Decal, Ankle Savers, Mika Metals, Rekluse, Dunlop, DT1 Filters, RNB Racing, Maxima, Cycra, Dubya and Boyesen.

"It's a fun sport you can enjoy with friends and family." A crew that consist of Gary Luckett, Kenny Day, Brent Duffe, Austin Kent along with teammates Nick Gaines and Justin Starling. Support from his family, who can't make all the races and girlfriend Brooke keep the drive in Tony. 

"Without Traders, for me racing would be impossible." Archer is just a kid from Maryland that loves anything with a motor. He's competitive and considers himself lucky to be where he is now. 

"I race for the fun of it. I started because I loved riding my dirt bike."

Photo: Diffysmooth 

Cheer for the 285 of Tony Archer. 

Follow him on IG: @archer285

-Kyle Pesci

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