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Intense BMX is pleased to announce that it has reached agreements with David Herman and Arielle Martin who will again race for the Intense Factory Team next season.
“We’re really glad we could invite David and Arielle to come back and that both accepted our offers. Both had a bit of bad luck last year with crashes and David was injured at the beginning of the season, but they are each exceptional athletes with the potential to win big,” said Toby Henderson, founding partner at VSI, Intense BMX’s parent company.
Herman, twice National Number One Amateur, 2007 Rookie Pro of the Year and a two-time Supercross winner, is widely considered to be one of the fastest riders on the circuit. Inopportune crashes while leading semis at UCI Supercross races and a hip injury early in the season kept him off the podium much of the year. He finished 2010 strong, however, with a win at Reno and a third at the Disney Cup. He’s currently the ranked 11th going into the Grands.
“Working with Intense the past two years has been a great experience. I’m really excited about being back on the team and I plan to stick with Intense for as long as I can. I know I can do a lot better than I did this year, and with VSI’s support I’m confident I will in 2011,” Herman said.
Arielle Martin, the 2008 UCI Supercross World Cup Champion and last year’s World Championships bronze medalist, has her sights set firmly on the 2012 Olympics. She’s currently taking a break from racing before starting an intensive 18-month training program in preparation for the Games in London. She joined the Intense/Monster Team mid-season this year.
“I’m really happy to be staying with Intense for the 2011 season. It has been great working with Toby and Michael and I’m a huge fan of the bikes and product. They are committed to taking BMX to a new level and I’m excited to be a part of that program. 2011 is going to be a great year for us and I can’t wait to represent Intense on top of the podium,” Martin said.
Herman will race the Grands later this week, while Martin will make her return to the track in January at the Silver Dollar Nationals in Reno, Nevada.