DAYTONA 250SX WINNER GARRETT MARCHBANKS SIGNS WITH THE CLUBMX YAMAHA PRIVATEER TEAM FOR 2021
It’s October 5th, the 2020 contracts are up and press releases for the riders switching teams for 2021 are almost ready to be published. The 250 class is going to shake up as we head into 2021 with riders like Dylan Ferrandis and Shane McElrath being forced out of the 250SX class due to AMA’s point-out rule, a new manufacturer (GasGas) is entering into the Supercross/motocross realm, lots of fast young amateur riders are jumping into the Pro ranks and there’s a few top riders who’s contracts are up and they’re still searching for teams to support them for next year.
One rider with a big question mark behind his name was Garrett Marchbanks. After riding for the Team Green Kawasaki amateur program for 9-years, Garrett Marchbanks posted via instagram on August 22nd: “I’m not too sure what the future holds for me (team wise) as of right now moving forward into 2021 Supercross.” This sparked a lot of questions because Garrett Marchbanks seemed to be finding his groove in Supercross this year, especially when he won the 2020 Daytona Supercross 250 Main Event on March 9th. Daytona was the final Supercross race to host spectators for this year and Garrett Marchbanks took the checkers in the 250 class. For 2021, Garrett will no longer be a Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider; instead, he will be riding for the ClubMX Yamaha team.
Garrett Marchbanks has a long history with the ClubMX training facility, but this is the first time he will be riding for their team. The ClubMX training facility is located in South Carolina and many Pro riders either currently train there or have trained there in the past. Garrett spent much of his time during is time as an amateur racer living at the facility in South Carolina so that he could train full-time. We expect him to move back there again for 2021 to live and train with the rest of his new team and the other riders who train there like Justin Brayton, Phil Nicoletti, Joey Crown, Jace Owen, Marshal Weltin and more.
Garrett was riding well in the 2020 250SX East Coast Championship. He started the series with a 4th, landed on the podium for the first time with his 1st at Daytona and backed up his win with a 3rd place at SLC #1 after the 3-month Coronavirus hiatus. Unfortunately, Garrett wasn’t able to finish out the 2020 season after a crash at the Salt Lake City Supercross #3 resulted in a lacerated liver, lung bruising and torn MCL and PCL in his knee. Still, without completing the Main Event at SLC #3 and not racing the last two rounds, Marchbanks earned 4th overall in the 250 East Coast Supercross Championship.