My name is Cody Janssen. I am a nineteen year old Pro Am ATV Motocross racer from Kaukauna, Wisconsin. Since I was young I knew I wanted to be a professional ATV racer. In 2007 I laid the foundation for my career by winning the 2007 Production Lites National Championship in the WPSA ESPN2 Powersports Tour. The next step was being successful in the A classes on the national scene.  I raced eight national events in the A classes and won 6. After much success in prior years, I expected just as much success in 2011. But with competition being so elevated I knew I would have to take it to another level.

With my college schedule being so hectic and busy I was only able to race one national event in 2011. I knew I needed to make it count at Red Bud being that it would be my only chance to impress this season. I went to the race having done my homework, in the best shape of my life, and with machines that were second to none. I won all my amateur races going 1-1 in Production A and 1-1 in 16-24, winning both overalls. I also raced the Pro Am Unlimited class, which I know is where I belong.  In the opening moto I had a terrible gate pick which resulted in me having to work my way through the pack. I went from nearly last up to 5th by the finish in an 18 rider field. After a good performance like that I knew that if I just got a good start I could run with the top guys, so that’s exactly what I did. In moto 2 I pulled the holeshot and lead the opening laps. I ended up finishing 4th behind the two eventual champions of the pro am classes as well as a rider who made as many podium appearances as anyone. It was a great weekend not only for myself, but for my family and team as well. I didn’t know it at the time, but my Red Bud performance would change my life forever.

Locally in 2011 I posted an undefeated season. I won every moto I entered in the District 16, Northern Route, Gravity Park USA, and WATVMX championships. That adds up to me being 68-0 in local events. I also was crowned champion in both the Pro Am and Production A classes in the WATVMX series. With two more championships won, I am proud to say I am a 16-time champion in my lifetime. I am truly blessed.

A few days after my performance at the Red Bud National I got a call that would change my racing future and my life all together. I was offered a sponsorship to race the entire AMA ATV National Series in the Pro Am Production and Pro Am Unlimited classes for both 2012 and 2013. The team will be called the Roberts Racing Janssen Motorsports Outlaws. I will still have to supply my own machines and equipment but they will take care all my travel expenses as well as other things.  I am so blessed to finally get the chance to race a full national schedule in Pro Am. It is true that good things come to those who wait. I will be in the best shape of my life. With  help from companies like Elka Suspension and Janssen Motorsports Race Engine, I will have the best machine out there; and I’m not making any promises, but I’ve never lost a championship that I’ve went to every race and competed for. These next two years are going to be the best years of my career to date. Pro Am is another class I’m anxious to check off my list. I’m ready to compete week in and week out and deep down I know I have what it takes to win a National Championship in the Pro Am classes. I’m ready to enjoy the ride.

I would not be where I am today without the help of Elka Suspension. It is such an overwhelmingly amazing feeling knowing that every time I hit the track I have the best suspension out there. Every time we get new Elka product it is the best product available at the time, yet they always seem to one up themselves. The Stage 5 suspension package that Elka offers is something that totally changed my racing career for the better. The things I am able to do on the track because of my Elka Suspension still to this day blow my mind. I just want to thank Elka for everything they have done for me in the past, and I look forward to using and supporting the product in years to come.

God Bless,

Cody Janssen