Sunday, December 20, 2015

Good Chance...Team Tedder.

Most would say that for a once factory rider, anything less is a downgrade. Some would say it's a chance. One last chance for a rider to prove themselves amongst the best and an opportunity for a small team to make a big impression.

With a declining number of spots under factory tents, some riders are on the fence of  giving it another go or hanging up the boots. It's sad that we are in a day and age where guys like Chad Reed and Josh Grant are approaching the supercross season with out a major deal. 

Some riders have found homes under rigs that may not seem as a glorious, but offer the factory feel and even some factory equipment. Justin Bogle hopes to follow in the footsteps of the Eli Tomac as he takes over his ride at Geico Honda and Tomac becomes the main man at Kawasaki.

A rider who has more in common with Bogle and Tomac than most would think is Jake Weimer. All three have 250 class championships at Geico Honda and Tomac's new ride at Kawasaki was once a place that Jake called home.

Jake Weimer (12) chatting it up with Dakota Tedder | Photo: @motopartstrader
 Jake Weimer has now found a home on another Kawasaki team. Team Tedder has been around for years, with a large amount of success as a father and sons racing program, supported by Monster Energy. Jake has brought light to the team and teammate Dakota Tedder.

Dakota has been the flagship at Team Tedder for a while and was happy to gain a teammate like Jake last season. "I've known Jake for about six years. We trained together for a bit...it's different having a teammate, in a positive way." Unfortunately, both riders would have injuries sideline them for the majority of 2015. Both are healthy and looking forward to the 2016 Monster Energy Supercross season. Dakota is entering his 6th professional season and feels at home in the stadiums of supercross. 

Dakota has proven his supercross speed with a career best 10th place at Anaheim 3 in 2014. He has been putting in the work with Jake and former national champion Steve Lamson to be ready come January. Dakota is glad that he has someone to ride with. "The hardest struggle I've dealt with is that you're not on a team with 4 or 5 guys, it's hard to find someone to ride with." He's got a good guy to gauge himself on, with Jake.

Team Tedder may not be a full on privateer effort, but they are a private team. "People get the wrong impression because we aren't out there in a van." The team still has to work very hard to obtain their sponsors. They see themselves similar to guys like Jimmy Albertson and Josh Hansen.

Dakota Tedder takes some pointers from Jake Weimer. | Photo: @motopartstrader
Sponsors like: Monster Energy, Kawasaki, Lucas Oil, Malcolm Smith Motorsports, Thor, Scott Goggles, Virus, Leatt Brace, Decal Works, SDG, Renthal, Dunlop Tires, Ogio, APdesigns, Pro Circuit, Moto Parts Trader, Galfer, In House Racing, Cycra, DT1, VP Racing, Cometic, RK Excel and Hampton Tedder Electric all make Team Tedder and Dakota's racing possible. 

We urge you to stop by the Team Tedder rig at an upcoming supercross and say hello to number 151 and his number 12 teammate. This is a very hard working team with an impressive setup. The know a lot about taking chances.

Good luck this season to Team Tedder.

Follow Dakota on Instagram @DAKOTA_TEDDER

Follow Jake on Instagram 
@JAKEWEIMER12


-Kyle Pesci

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