FMF Privateer Power Award: 2022 Washougal National
Wednesday, July 27, 2022 | 4:00 PM
Over the span of almost five decades, Southern California's FMF Racing has become synonymous with the sport of motocross, developing the finest motorcycle exhausts available in the marketplace. Over the course of its longstanding partnership with the world's most prestigious off-road motorcycle racing series, FMF has remained committed to its support of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship by bringing much-needed and well-deserved attention to the underdog racers who fight tooth and nail each weekend as privateers, keeping the dream alive through any means necessary. As a result, the FMF Privateer Power Award has become an embodiment of what the brand stands for and what these lesser-known racers epitomize every time the gate drops.
After every round of the 2022 season, FMF and the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will recognize a rider deserving of acknowledgement and celebration for his efforts on the track. Each selected rider will be praised for his ability to defy the odds and capture head-turning results, showing no intimidation as he battles alongside some of the sport's biggest names in an incredibly deep field of world class talent featuring riders from across the globe.
Each recipient of the FMF Privateer Power Award will be given special recognition as part of the riders meeting at the following national and is awarded with a custom-designed trophy.
With its scenic, tree-lined setting, Washougal MX Park is one of the most picturesque tracks in American motocross. However, its beauty is complemented by one of the sport's most challenging and demanding layouts that weaves in and out of the shadows. The MotoSport.com Washougal National was a tough test for all riders and saw some impressive underdog performances across both classes. One of the most impressive came from AEO Powersports KTM's Josh Varize in the 250 Class. A pair of strong starts proved to pay big dividends for the California native as he parlayed his position in the front half of the field into a pair of 10th-place moto finishes, which was enough to give him a season-best 10th-place finish in the overall standings. It was a huge confidence booster for a rider who has been knocking on the door of the top 10 all season long and was the kind of effort that warranted FMF Privateer Power Award honors.
#38 Josh Varize / Rialto, California / KTM
250 Class: 10th overall (10-10)
2022 FMF Privateer Power Award Recipients
Fox Raceway I National:
#61 Fredrik Noren / Lidköping, Sweden / KTM
450 Class: 12th overall (14-1`1)
Hangtown Motocross Classic:
#285 Marshal Weltin / Ubly, Michigan / GASGAS
450 Class: 15th overall (16-15)
Thunder Valley National:
#129 Henry Miller / Rochester, Minnesota / KTM
450 Class: 15th overall (17-15)
High Point National:
#55 Justin Rodbell / Prince Frederick, Maryland / Husqvarna
450 Class: 16th overall (14-18)
#73 Benny Bloss / Oak Grove, Missouri / KTM
450 Class: 12th overall (11-14)
#82 Chris Canning / Coventry, Connecticut / GASGAS
450 Class: 11th overall (12-12)
Spring Creek National:
#74 Derek Kelley / Riverside, California / KTM
250 Class: 11th overall (14-12)