Meet one of the coolest vet pro racers in the twmx race series
Hometown: Kingston, Washington
Classes Raced: 30 Pro, Open Pro, Vet Expert Open
Sponsors: O’Neal, Hoppy Trials, Treadwell Clothing
You’re one of our pros out here today, what do you think of the competition?
Dude! The guy BJ Burns is fast! He was ripping, but we had a great race. Everyone rode really well which is good. We all ride together so I really enjoy the competition with them.
I heard your brother races the Vet Intermediate class, what’s it like riding along with your brother?
We live in different towns, so every once in a while we get to train together. It’s fun because we start the race on the same starting gate, so we see each other out there, I try not to take him out. Haha!
How long have you been racing and what led you to choose motocross?
I grew up riding, I started at four or five years old, but I didn’t start racing until I was 17. Then growing up in Washington, there weren’t as many tracks, so I rode a lot more on our property, we had a lot of acreages. So trails, I got to ride a little bit of track, but yeah my start in racing wasn’t until 17.
Since you didn’t start racing until a little later and then reached Pro at a different time than the normal age range, was it a hard transition or a quick deal?
No, it took a few years. When I came back, there was kind of a gap of no riding when we moved to California so the transition back onto a CR250 was rough. I was a total beginner. I probably did two years in beginner, two years as a junior, and then two years as an intermediate, and the only reason I went pro was that I was so much older than those guys. I got tired of racing little youngsters. So I said, “screw this, I’m gonna race pro!” In 2006, I think is when I turned pro and then 2007 I did the last year of the Western Four-Stroke Nationals. That was a fun time.
Do you participate in any other sports or have any other hobbies?
Yeah, I also compete in mountain bike racing. A lot of good pedaling and I used to do downhill mountain biking professionally. The motorcycle to mountain bike transition I think is easier and growing up always doing both has been good.
How seriously do you take your racing?
I mean, I love to compete. I take it seriously, but I know that our class- everybody has got jobs. We got work on Monday morning so you know, I’ve gone up to guys afterward and apologized like, “Hey man, sorry I just couldn’t stop, I’m sorry I took you out.” You know what I mean? So, it’s good competition. I’m competitive when I come out here because I don’t just want to give it away.
What are your favorite types of tracks and track obstacles?
I’m learning that I’m better at the big outdoor tracks. I enjoy the bigger jumps that no one else is typically doing on a practice day. When you show up to the practice day and there’s only you and maybe two others that maybe do it, is a good feeling. When others don’t do it, it’s pretty cool.
Have you been to the TransWorld Race Series before?
Yeah, I used to race it back when it was VetX. So I have a plaque from 2011 for the 450 Pro VetX, I won the winter series. It was the last race at Cahuilla. That’s awesome!
So since you’ve been a long time attendee, what do you think of the current TransWorld Race Series events?
Oh, it’s killer because you guys have the transponder and everything, but bad zip ties! (Points to his broken zip tie) Haha! What’s up with that? But, no really, doing the split tracks and just having them go, go, go, all with the professional scoring and timing is way better.
What is your favorite thing about being a motocross racer?
How endurance intensive it is. Nobody can just get on a bike and go ride. They can ride, but to be competitive is just something else. The physical demand that it takes on the body…that part is what I like.
What would you rather do, holeshot and run away or come from behind to win?
Holeshots are great. I just had a come from behind to win, so that’s was awesome, but man, eating all that roost sucks! I’d rather being in second because you can watch first and trail him and see what he is doing and then hopefully try to make a move at the end.
Tell me about your bike and why you chose it and what have you done to make it work well for you?
I bought it as is, a used bike. I grew up riding Hondas, last season for the TWMX I was riding the Yamaha and I’m a big guy, 6’2″ and I just could never get comfortable on the bike. So I really struggled to feel comfortable, it felt cramped and small. Then I had an opportunity, found a used bike, it looked good, so I went on and go onto another Honda. It was valved already once and I had a little more valving done by Nofs, the guy Pete there does a really great job. Other than that, it was pretty moded, so I just get on and ride.