Growing up in Oklahoma, Justin Bogle started riding when he was 4 years old and has nurtured his passion for racing ever since. Justin finished his amateur racing career in spectacular form by capturing a national championship at the famed Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Nationals and was named as the 2011 AMA Horizon Award winner. Justin’s first full rear as a pro in 2012 saw many flashes of brilliance where he was able to gain confidence with several podium finishes. A very difficult injury ridden season in 2013 left Justin hungry for success in 2014 where he was able to secure the 250cc Lites East Coast Supercross Championship as well as a top 5 overall championship finish in the 250cc MX Lites Outdoor Championship. In 2015, Justin fought to repeat his championship in Supercross from the previous year but just fell short in 2 nd place. Justin would make the move to the 450 class in 2016, a transition which is usually tough for riders as they double the amount of events in a regular season. During 2017, Justin would find his first real success in the 450 class winning multiple times and capturing the overall win at Budds Creek MX National which helped him secure 6th in the final championship standings. When Justin isn’t on his Suzuki racing, he spends time in the studio working on his other passion, rapping.
Melissa Marquardt grew up in Canyon Lake, CA in the heart of Southern California near the ocean and the mountains. Skiing and wakeboarding were passions of her family. Melissa’s brothers would take her wakeboarding everyday after school. They would do the same in the winter and go snowboarding at the local mountain. From there on, she was hooked! Melissa began to compete in local contests and excelled quickly. Shortly thereafter, she began competing on the pro tour gaining the highest accolades and spearheading the women’s movement in the sport of wakeboarding. Melissa continued to compete because she loved the progression of the sport and pushing her limits. Competition brought Melissa around the world, which allowed her to embrace other cultures and make new friendships that she will cherish forever. Even though competition was at the forefront of her career, Melissa has always enjoyed the progression of freestyle and documenting her life through cinematography in wakeboarding. Melissa now resides in Oceanside, CA where she “lives the lifestyle” with her friends not only wakeboarding but surfing, diving, skating, and snowboarding. “I can't wait to see what is in store for 2018 and the places that I will go! Living in a new place is just the beginning!” exclaims Melissa.
Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, Nate Adams stumbled upon freestyle motocross as many others do, from motocross racing. Switching over to freestyle, Nate instantly found success in IFMA events and after only one year as a pro, he was crowned the World Freestyle Motocross Champion in 2002. Today Nate has become one of the best freestyle motocross riders in the world. Since achieving the 2002 World Freestyle Motocross Title, Nate has focused hius aim on becoming the best freestyler in the world. Despite winning numerous events during his early professional years, there was one title that Adams couldn’t seem to conquer: the illustrious X Games Gold. Finally in 2004, Adams took home the one title that had eluded him and joined the freestyle elite.
With that X Games Gold medal under his belt, Adams continued to take on the competition headfirst. He has claimed multiple titles and podium finishes in competitions including AST Dew Tour, Red Bull X Fighters, and securing double gold medals at the 2011 X Games FMX and Speed & Style. Nate is on a level of his own. His high level of technicality and difficulty with his tricks gives him the edge over nearly any other competing athlete. Nate has continued to maintain the high standard he sets for himself with a gold medal and three bronze medals in the 2013 International X Games stops. Nate has also graced the covers of numerous industry magazines as well as being a featured athlete in the ESPN X Games and NBC Dew Tour commercials.
JR Hildebrand, hailed as the most talented young American driver in open-wheel racing, passed on an opportunity to attend the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to pursue a career in motorsports, and since graduating from high school as a National Merit Scholar, he’s skyrocketed up the open-wheel racing ladder; quickly moving from karts to the Cooper Tires Formula Ford 2000 championship, to a seventh-place finish in the Toyota Atlantic Championship and then to Firestone Indy Lights, where he captured his first career victory at Kansas Speedway in 2008 in his second ever start on an oval track. The following year he dominated in Indy Lights, capturing four victories and six poles en route to a decisive championship crown. The following year he made his IZOD IndyCar Series debut with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, making his first start at Mid-Ohio and later at Infineon Raceway, within the shadows of his hometown, where he ran as high as fourth and set the fastest lap of the race.
With immense on-track talent and maturity well beyond his years, Hildebrand quickly rose to the top of Panther’s list of driver candidates at the end of the 2010 season. A two-day test in December of 2010 at the challenging Phoenix International Raceway under the watchful eye of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. was more than enough to convince Panther team owner John Barnes that the young Californian was the next pilot to take over the reins of the No. 4 National Guard entry, following in the footsteps of other Panther drivers like Scott Goodyear, Sam Hornish Jr., Tomas Scheckter, Vitor Meira and Dan Wheldon.
JR is currently working with MIT on a STEM based curriculum for 9th - 12th graders. He also recently got married to his longtime girlfriend Kristin Paine.