Cool style knows no age limits...or requirements. Meet Riley Drickerson.
Hometown: Newberry Park, Thousand Oaks, CA
Classes: 85cc 9-11, 85cc Open
Sponsors: DVS, Vonzipper, Shift, Fox, Bell Helmets, Team Green, Thousand Oaks Power Sports, BTO, Matrix, ASB
Every once in a while, a rider on the track will catch our eye, either because of their riding style or individual style. We first noticed Riley Drickerson at the Mini Major when he participated in the IRC Tires Hillclimb, and he caught our eye again at Milestone thanks mostly to his Caballero Designs Shift MX Gear, but also because of his aggressive riding style that had him in the top five of every moto he competed in. We tracked him down after the day was done, and met one cool kid!
How long have you been racing and what led you to choose motocross? I’ve been racing for about 10 years. My dad was inspired by his friend’s racing and got me a bike when 2 1/2 years old. I learned how to ride then.
Do you participate in any other sports or hobbies?Yes, I do in fact. I do BMX, jiu jistu, muay thai, and I enjoy mountain biking.
How seriously do you take your racing?I take my racing pretty seriously, but it is a fun sport even if you aren’t racing. Otherwise, I love the sport and it’s what I do.
What are your favorite types of tracks and track obstacles?My favorite track is Glen Helen Raceway. I like the track because of Mt. Saint Helen, the largest uphill there, and I also like the acceleration and braking bumps and obstacles along the way.
At the TransWorld Race Series, we try to offer a better race experience, what do you think of our events?I think they’re a really good way to do the racing and race against other people in a good way. I just like what you guys do, it’s cool.
What would you rather do, holeshot a race and run away or come from behind to win?Honestly, I don’t know!
Tell me about your bike and why you chose it and what have you done to make it work well for you?Well first I rode 65s on a KTM, and then when I moved up to 85s, we were on a Kawasaki 2015. We rode the Kawasaki and it was the smallest bike and I’m still a small kid. Recently, we got a hookup with the Team Green program so that’s what kept me on a Kawi.
We chose to interview you because you because we like your style, did you choose your gear because Steve Cabalerro designed it?Yes, I think he’s a really cool guy. He’s like the Jeremy Mcgrath of skating.
I heard you met him before, can you go into more detail?I met him at the Mini Major. Well, not in person, but I met him through a friend. Then at Day in the Dirt at Glen Helen, we met him during the team race GP. He’s one of my biggest inspirations.
Tell me about Black Flag Moto Crew.
Black Flag Moto Crew is a simple clothing company we design clothes, we make graphics for me and my dad’s bikes, and we just have it because it’s what we like!