Hi Everyone, Adam from Quad Squad here...
I'll start off with a little background on myself and how I came to be a part of the X-Team....
I started riding 2 wheelers about the same time I started walking, although I didn't start racing them until I got into the 80cc class. I raced 2 wheelers for longer than I care to remember and was introduced to quads by Rob Van Vliet (thanks Rob!)
My first ride on a real quad was on a Raptor 660 (well it was a real quad back then ha-ha), but after struggling to keep it on 4 wheels for more than a lap at a time I wasn't so interested in riding them as much as working on them so I stuck to the 2 wheelers. That all changed in 2004 when I had finished my time at Uni doing Mechanical Engineering, I was bitten by the 4 wheeled bug again and committed to a full season.
My results since then have been a 4th at the 2004 nationals, 3rd at the 2005 Nationals, a DNF and a disappointing 10th at the 2006 Nationals. Along with a few podiums in the Victorian championships over the years.
2007 was shaping up to be a good year...both on and off the track. My business (Quad Squad) was really starting to grow and I had a new found enjoyment for quad racing after an average 2006 season. That all changed in September when I shattered my forearm at a local race in Victoria and was told I would be sidelined for at least 12 months. It was perfect timing for me to focus all my energy and time towards the business because I was really feeling the pinch of trying to run my business and still have the time to prepare myself to be competitive on the track.
Throughout 2008 I built strong relationships with all the X-Team guys and really got excited about being involved off the track with the bike development for Bullet for his DS450X and Renegade 800X. We built the first Renegade 730cc to be legal for the Thump Pump 300, which was a success with Bullet taking out the 4x4 class. Along with Renegade we built the first DS450X speedway bike for Bullet to campaign the S.A speedway series.
Fast forward to 2009 with a new MX model DS450XMX, a rapidly healing arm and a whole lot of excitement to get back out on the track saw me jump headfirst into a role on and off the track as a racer and bike development under the Quad Squad banner with the X-Team. In the pre-season, Mick, the X-Team Manager entrusted me with bike development for the new DS450XMX and I saw most of the teams bikes come through my workshop getting motor and suspension work done (that was a pretty hectic couple of weeks ha-ha).
With the preseason bike development out of the way, I was finally able to focus a little on preparing myself to get back out on the track. Things were about to turn pear-shaped though with a small mishap on a testing day resulting in me breaking my arm again in the same place...
Things took a turn of direction with me getting the news I would be sidelined again for at least another 2 seasons if I wanted to avoid any complications with my arm.
With a redirected focus on more bike development, that is where we are at today.
Throughout the year I'll be bringing you updates on what's happening behind the scenes and off the track with the bikes as well as the regular race reports from the riders.
You'll more than likely find me under a Can-Am quick shade or in the pit board area cheering the Can-Am riders on at one of the races so feel free to come over and say g'day.