Now in their 21st year of existence, the CHALLENGE TEAM, based out of Northern California, has joined together with REDLINE Bicycles for 2009 and beyond. This new Factory combo combines thee longest lasting “privateer/family” teams with the original BMX brand – which is bound to make it a force to be rekoned with.
Up against tenacious teams such as Redman~Rockstar and Tangent~Bawls, the REDLINE-CHALLENGE team scored their first two Factory wins of the season. And with Bakerfield coming up, we expect them to give the Phanton-OnTrac guys a run for their 200+ team score.
At the GNW Natls, everything came togther for the Am squad – who for the first time this year was able to utilize cross-over Factory Redline rider DAKOTA “The Robot” SENGER, on their sheet. His finishes, combined with Challenge’s ALEX “The Axeman” JONES, made for some real Redline domination in 13x and 13 cruiser. On Saturday, everybody had a hard time keeping up with the Jones. The Axeman scored an impressive win with a nice move in the first turn, while Senger rounded out the podium with a 3-spot. On day two, Senger put it all together in 13cruiser, taking the victory and backing it up with a 2nd in class, while Jones remained in the hunt and ended a good weekend with a 4th.
DAKOTA “The Iceman” ISENBERG was also on the jammy in his new 17-18 Expert ranks, and seems to have adjusted to the bigger/older 18x’s with 4th place scores both days. In 28-35x, it was all RASHEEN HICKS – aka “The Machine,” with wire-to-wire wins both days ahead of NW legend and X-up King Pee Wee Lee. We guess you could say his competition was raging against the Machine.
And up in 36-40x, CHRIS WESTBROOK found himself in the mains both days and up against some tough comp.
Meanwhile, even though he’s not rostered with Redline~Challenge, TORY NYHAUG was looking incredibly quick in 16x and X-Open, scoring three wins out of four mains; and one impromtu detour to the backside of the first berm.
All in all, Redline riders and 2009 FLIGHT bikes were seen out front often, proving that it is still the lightest and most affordable bike on the BMX race scene.
GREAT NORTHWEST NATIONALS – Day 1
1 REDLINE~CHALLENGE / 214
2 REDMAN ROCKSTAR / 207
3 LINDER STAATS / 176
4 TANGENT / BAWLS / 154
5 BELAIR FACTORY/MONSTER/FLY /133
GREAT NORTHWEST NATIONALS – Day 2
1 REDLINE~CHALLENGE / 199
2 REDMAN ROCKSTAR / 196
3 TANGENT / BAWLS / 159
4 LINDER STAATS / 152
5 BELAIR FACTORY/MONSTER/FLY / 87
Redline is Proudly Sponsored by:
SHIMANO, SUN RIMS, KOOLSTOP brakeshoes, TIOGA tires and SKULL CANDY headphones.
Challenge is Proudly supported by:
H2-ULTRA WATER, PRO CLEAN II, TANGENT, FLY, FSA, LDC and HOT SHOPPE
The REDLINE~CHALLENGE team consists of: SHELBY WREN, DUSTY HAMMOND, RASHEEN HICKS, MICKENZIE KIBBE, ALEX JONES, DAKOTAH ISENBERG, CHRIS WESTBROOK, TOMMY BELEW, HEATHER ALRED, MELVIN SHAD RICK, DUSTIN MILES, DENYAN DIAKUM ~ together with FACTORY REDLINE crossover ams DAKOTA SENGER & GEORGE GOODALL.