News 24 Aug 2022

Deegan expects ‘big learning experience’ in pro debut

Kitchen and LeBlanc to make return from injury at round 11.

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A ‘big learning experience’ is expected by Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Haiden Deegan across his highly anticipated Lucas Oil Pro Motocross debut in 250MX at Ironman.

Deegan, 16, has multiple Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships to his name, recently winning the Schoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C class just over three weeks ago at Lorretta Lynn’s.

He also dominated the Scouting Moto Combine at RedBud earlier this year, and will make his professional alongside team regulars Justin Cooper,  Nate Thrasher and replacement for the injured Nick Romano, Guillem Farres. Also, Levi Kitchen and Matt LeBlanc will return at round 11.

“I’m really looking forward to racing the Pro Motocross National at Ironman this weekend,” Deegan explained. “It’s going to be a big learning experience for me, and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing 250 team manager, Jensen Hendler added: “We’re back to a full roster for Ironman. Haiden will join us this weekend, and we’re looking forward to seeing him get some seat time in the pro class.

“We’re also happy to have Levi and Matt back. They have been working hard to get back to racing before the end of the season, so it’s great to see them back.

“Guillem will also be with us again this weekend. He had a great debut at Budds Creek, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he can do with a race under his belt. Justin and Nate have been putting in the work, and we’re looking to end the season on a high note.”

The penultimate round of the 2022 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship commences this Saturday at Ironman, before the series moves to Fox Raceway a week later for its finals.