What makes Team Solitaire / Nuclear Blast Yamaha unique

Text by Jamie “Darkside” Guida

If you’ve spent a lot of time in the pits in a supercross race, you know that fans usually congregate around the top-notch factory and real estate teams. Big teams have multiple platforms and tents, and fans love to check out the bikes, get an autograph from a big name, and maybe get a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes interactions. The average fan usually doesn’t venture too far from those teams with the big budgets and stars you see on TV every weekend. I would love to make the point that these fans are missing out on what could be the coolest experiences and interactions of their lives. I suggest on your next supercross race to try and join some of the teams on a smaller budget and less exposure. There are a lot of private teams in the pits that have great programs, dedicated sponsors, amazing runners and a huge passion for the sport. And they have personality! I want to introduce you to one of those teams, Team Solitaire / Nuclear Blast Yamaha.

If you’re looking to have fun, meet racers, and maybe even see inside a professional supercross rig, Team Solitaire is one place you should visit. Managing partner Chris Elliott actually told me that welcoming a fan to his pit area was actually something he was eager to do. “I really like the fans,” Elliott said. “It’s always cool to bring people under the truck and show them through the pit. Give them a careful look at the bikes. It takes two minutes to make a family day out. Once you’re there, you’ll also notice that there’s usually a constant stream of heavy metal music from Nuclear Blast Records coming out of their pits. It’s hard not to be excited for the races after spending time with these guys.

Wiley C. Thompson