TWMX Race Series Racer Profile | Kevin Jones | Transworld Motocross
Hometown: Glendora, CA
Classes Raced: 125 Open, 250B, 450B
Sponsors: Mom and Dad, Fasthouse, Vicious Instinct Co, Mainhix, Acerbis, CT Racing
Kevin Jones has been a TWMX Race Series mainstay for several years and among the stable of machines he has, is a high-revving Yamaha YZ125 that he races regularly in the 125 Open class. We caught up with the 20-year-old at the LACR round of the Terra Firma MX Series.
You are a two-stroke holdout, what do you love about 125s?
I just like that you can hit any corner wide open and it almost feels wrong cause on any kind of four-stroke or anything higher than a 125 pretty much you can’t hold it wide open. Like LACR, Milestone, Glen Helen…places like that can really let you hold it wide through all the berms. I like that it’s hard to be able to hit all the corners perfect, I think it’s a little tougher and it is more fun for me.
You seem to be on a different bike every time we see you, how many bikes do you have?
We have seven right now. We need to get rid of a couple, but we have an ’11, ’12, ’13, and ’14 for the four-strokes. Then my brother and I each have the 125s and he has a 250 two-stroke, so hopefully, I can get a 250 two-stroke if we get rid of a couple of bikes, cause I would really like to get one of those.
Your Instagram bio says you’re a graphic designer, can you tell me a little bit about your job?
I actually don’t do that as a job right now, I’m still going to school. Almost done at my first school, I just graduated with an associate’s degree in graphic design, and I’ve got about one semester left. I’m going to start soon, then I’ll be transferring as soon as I can to my next college which is Cal Poly Pomona to hopefully get my Bachelor’s for graphic design. I’ve already kind of done my own stuff, right now I’m in the process of designing my own graphics, but I just do fun stuff like that for now and then try to build a portfolio. Just get experience and then, later on, I’d like to work for either a clothing company or a magazine, maybe even a graphics company, preferably in the moto industry cause I like dirtbikes.
How long have you been racing and what led you to choose motocross?
My brother and I have been racing for about 10 years now, we started racing because my dad got us into it by buying us dirtbikes. Then we just started going out to Racetown way back in the day on a 65, that was when I was 10, and then we really started racing when I was 11. Back then I didn’t tell anyone my age because I was so tiny, I couldn’t fit on an 85. Once I could get onto an 85 we started racing more, but it was always school first for us. Riding is just for fun. Especially with my brother, we just can’t get away from each other.
Do you participate in any other sports or hobbies?
I like to mountain bike a lot. It’s kind of nerdy, but my brother and I like to mess around with a lot of RC cars and drones. I really like to take a lot of photos and since I’m really into art, and I like to draw, paint, and just do stuff like that whenever I can, but a lot of time that gets taken up by riding or working on bikes or working on my car.
At the TransWorld race series we try to offer a better racing experience, what do you think of our events?
I really like them, they’re honestly one of the cheapest ones to race around so you can run two, I’ve even run three classes in a day before, and I like that cause it’s more fun. I feel like everybody here is more laid back and just wants to have fun. Like I can go on the line and I’m always over there telling jokes like “hey, slow down for me” but its a lot more fun. Like, Mammoth I’ll go over there and I feel like I’m going to throw up on the line, all nervous, but here it’s more laid back, way more fun. I like to keep it fun because I’m never gonna have the resources to go pro, but I’m never going to stop riding because I love this too much.
What is your favorite thing about being a motocross racer?
Honestly, it’s challenging yourself, being able to just come out here and decide what you’re gonna do today. If I just want to throw whips and just wheelie today, I can. Then most of the time I try to push myself and see how fast I can go in corners and everything. I’ve met so many people through motocross, I know almost everyone in my class whenever we come here. It is always so fun whenever we come here, like going to Milestone we see your dad (Donn), Big Geezoid, and all the other guys goofing off there. It’s just so cool to meet everybody.
How seriously do you take your racing?
I take it really seriously, I’ve never really raced outside of California before but we go to Mammoth and that’s really the only Amateur National I do, mainly because of school, but one day if I can get to the speed, I’d enter in a Glen Helen pro race. I take it pretty seriously, but like I said, I like to keep it fun just cause I don’t want to get burnt out. Also, my family and I, we eat like crap and I like pizza and cheeseburgers, so I need to keep riding.
What would you rather do, holeshot a race and run away or come from behind to win?
That’s tough, if everyone is riding dirty, then I’d like to come out front cause I don’t like hitting people, but if everybody is riding really clean then that’s like my favorite thing ever if I get a clean battle where someone can come from underneath you but is not going to slam you. That’s my favorite thing in the whole world. So, if everyone is riding clean then I definitely would want to come from behind.
So tell me about your bike and why you chose it, and what have you done to make it work well for you?
My dad bought this 2005 YZ125 bike off of some guy in Dumont who never changed the oil and spray painted it. Then my brother rode it when he got off the supermini, and he rode the heck out of it for three years. He really demolished it and had fun with it, so when I moved off a supermini, I got it and he got a 250 two-stroke. Everything that could break on it has broken on it over the years, the only thing that is stock on it is the frame, the tank, the front brake caliper, and the foot pegs. This is my favorite bike to ride for sure, I have the more hours on that than any other thing I’ve ever ridden in my entire life, it is so fun. That one is my baby.