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Apr 1, 2010

He's 12 Years Old, Has A Development Deal With Vesrah Suzuki And Is Being Coached By Tray Batey. Life Is Good For USGPRU And WERA Racer Nick McFadden.


Vesrah Suzuki development rider Nick McFadden will contest the 2010 USGPRU championship with the season opening East Coast region round this weekend April 3-4 at Jennings GP being his first race of the season. Nick will be competing on Moriwaki race bikes this year and running in the 125GP, MD250H and 250GP classes. Nick has been staying sharp by attending the Schwantz School and racing his dirt track machinery. Nick will also compete in as many WERA events this year as his schedule will allow.

This year Nick will receive support at the track from Tray Batey and Travis Smith as his tuners / riding coaches. While Tray's performance on track is documented he also is recognized for his attention to detail in machine preparation (the team's nickname for a truly clean motorcycle has been "Tray Spec" for years). Travis is well known in the AMA Pro Flat track paddock for his machines in that series and will also be serving as Nick's Dirt Track coach this year. Mark Junge will continue to prepare the engines in Nick's Moriwakis, one of which is stock while the other is modified.

Mark Junge Team Owner Vesrah Suzuki
"Nick showed me his potential last year and I'm delighted to continue supporting his effort as the Vesrah Suzuki development rider. Teaming him with Tray should accelerate his learning curve and help him on his path in racing motorcycles I'm going to need a Supersport class rider for the AMA Pro series in a couple of years."

Nick McFadden #195 Vesrah Suzuki
"I have been looking forward to racing with the USGPRU organization. I turned 12 halfway through last year and was able to race their last East Coast season race of 2009. I like racing with WERA, where I can race against some big bikes and guys and now I can go to USGPRU races to compete against a larger group of kids. I like the challenge of both it builds your skills in different ways. The Moriwakis are fun to ride and this weekend will give me 3 classes to race my bikes in. "

Nick also says, "Tray Batey will be working with me and my bikes. He is an awesome rider I started with WERA 3 years ago and I left the track that first day knowing who he was and his racing number. Tray worked with me last year on the Vesrah Suzuki team along with Mark Junge, John Jacobi, and Cory West. Being young and a development rider, they are always helpful and have a lot of knowledge on riding lines, studying tracks, and going fast that they were always willing to share with me. I learned a great deal from them and know that I have work to get done and that depends on me but it will be a great help to have the Vesrah team and my dirt track coach Travis Smith behind me."

Tray Batey - #33 Vesrah Suzuki
"I'm looking forward to working with Nick using my decades of racing experience to help him in developing his race craft and seeing how far he can go in this sport. I have to thank Mark Junge for this opportunity and others look for an announcement soon, as I am not done lining up on the grid."
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