Jett Reynolds is back in the saddle and has big plans for 2019
Jett Reynolds has been one of the fastest up and coming amateur racers for some time now, with wins at Loretta’s, the Monster Energy Cup, and even earning a spot on the cover of our magazine with wins at the Mini Major. In 2018, however, Reynolds was absent from racing for most of the year. A string of injuries kept him off the bike and out of sight, and threw a few wrenches in his plans. For 2019, Reynolds is getting things back on track, beginning with the Supercross Futures series, which is where we caught up with him.
You’re coming back from a wrist injury, correct?
Yeah, it’s been more like an injury list for me. I haven’t raced in a year.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen you, that’s for sure. What all is new?
Well, I was supposed to jump up to a 250 this year, but unfortunately, I’ve been hurt for the whole year and didn’t really race at all. This is my first gate drop since last March. To get the first gate drop out of the way was a bit different, but it felt good. I’m starting to get a lot bigger on the Supermini and build some muscle, so everything’s different with me being bigger on the bike now.
How much has that changed how you ride the bike?
It changed my riding style a lot. On starts, I’m a lot heavier now – probably 30 pounds heavier – and I’m the bigger kid in the class now, but somehow I pulled a holeshot. I’m hoping I can keep that up.
You mentioned moving up to the 250. Is that something you still want to try to move up to at some point later in the year or will you ride out 2019 on the Supermini?
No, I don’t want to spend the whole year on the Supermini. I’m going to race the Monster Energy Cup on the 250 and I have to qualify for one of these Futures races on one. I think I’ll probably do that at the Denver round. I think Kawasaki is going to build me a 250 so I can put some laps in and have fun on that.
How many Supercross Futures races do you think you’ll end up doing this year?
Glendale, Anaheim Two, Oakland, Denver, and then I’ll do Las Vegas. We’re doing quite a bit of them this year. Then in August after Loretta’s, that’s when I’ll hop off the Supermini.
With this series this year, it’s pretty unique. For you, what is the significance of having this series?
Well, just racing the stadiums and getting to know them for when I turn pro is big. Also, getting the gate drops on the metal grates helps a lot. I’m really happy that they’re doing this and that there are more rounds this year. I think they should have been doing this a long time ago.
As far as Supercross racing goes, how much do you practice this stuff?
When I got hurt last March is right when I got a motocross and Supercross track, so I try to ride it five or six days a week to try to get back up to the speed I was at. I did a little bit of Supercross riding, but with this, we can actually run outdoor suspension.
You’ve done the Monster Energy Cup in the past, how does the environment and racing at Futures compare to it?
It’s totally different, it’s nothing like it at all. This has all of the other amateur riders too. This year they stepped up on the track building and it’s not as tame as it was last year, so it’s a bit better.
So you prefer the track being more difficult then?
Yeah, I like it more difficult to separate everybody. When everybody can do the same rhythms and everyone is the same speed, it makes for great racing for the fans, but for us riders, I think we want more difficulty.