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We mentioned in our Monday Kickstart recap from the 2018 Minneapolis Supercross that the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team would be in need of a fill-in rider for Martin Davalos for the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship and that the team planned to bring amateur racer Garrett Marchbanks into the professional series to fill the spot. On Wednesday afternoon the team issued a press release confirming the news that Marchbanks will be on the starting line for the 2018 Hangtown National, the opening round of the series. The teenager has competed in the Pro classes at amateur events this spring aboard Pro Circuit-tuned Kawasaki motorcycles and claimed a number of championships in various classes.

The press release is posted in full below…

Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki welcomes Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green™ rider Garrett Marchbanks to their 250MX lineup for the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Marchbanks joined Team Green in 2012 and has since added a plethora of achievements to his resume, including the 2014 AMA Youth Motocross Racer of the Year, the 2017 AMA Amateur Motocross Racer of the Year and eight Loretta Lynn's AMA Amateur Motocross National Championships to earn his spot on the prestigious Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki squad.

Marchbanks will make his professional debut aboard his KX™250F at the first round of the Pro Motocross Championship at the Hangtown Motocross Classic in Sacramento, California on May 19th. Marchbanks will look to follow in the footsteps of his Kawasaki teammate Austin Forkner and Adam Cianciarulo who grew up as part of the Kawasaki Team Green program before making their debut into the professional ranks at the historic Hangtown Pro Motocross event.

"We are excited to have Garrett join us for the outdoor season," said Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Team Manager, Mitch Payton. "He has done really well throughout his amateur career and I believe he deserves this opportunity to showcase his incredible speed on the world stage. We welcome Garrett to the team and look forward to him beginning his professional career with us."

"I watched Garrett ride for the first time in 2011 at Ponca City, OK and was immediately impressed by his speed," said Team Green Manager, Ryan Holliday. "Two weeks later after Loretta Lynn’s we signed him to be a part of Monster Energy Team Green and began working towards his dream of becoming a professional racer. He’s been a great example of our program starting with young riders and following our path to professional racing. I’ve always been impressed with Garrett’s work ethic on and off the track and believe he will put that hard work to use as he begins his professional career. "

“I am super stoked on this new opportunity and I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings for me,” said Marchbanks. “I have worked so hard for this pro seat and I am ready to do what it takes to make it to the top.”