Q. When did you start riding?
A. I started riding when I was 8 years old.
Q. Why did you decide to start racing?
A. I was getting fast enough that riding wasn’t fun by myself anymore, I wanted the competition.
Q. Who influenced you to start riding?
A. My uncle Robert always talked about it a lot when I was younger. But as far as professionals go, I always watched RC ride and loved his fluidity.
Q. Did you start on motorcycles or did you start out smaller?
A. I started out on bicycles and always loved jumping them.(laughs) I actually got in trouble one day for jumping my friends with the ghetto wooden jump we made.
Q. What do you mean by that?
A. We started out just hitting our ramp. Then eventually we decided to start seeing how far we could go. My friends and I thought that laying people down and jumping over them was our best measuring tool. Mom wasn’t too stoked on that, needless to say.
Q. What’s the best part of riding for you?
A. I love the freedom of jumping, if I could only jump that’s where I would be. But like they’ve always said, jump for show, corner for dough.
Q. You say you like jumping so much, have you ever considered freestyle?
A. I would LOVE to do freestyle. I don’t have the money for the foam pit or the metal ramps though. But yeah, If I could I would.
Q. Do you have any sponsors that have helped you to get where you are?
A. Pella Motorworks has been huge in discounting the parts I’ve needed. Here recently Missi Thede with Thede Photography has stepped up with products featuring me, like a calender with race photos. Also One Industries and Six Six One.
Q. What style bike did you start out on?
A. I started out on this ghetto rigged 1980’s Yamaha, and from that bought a brand new 2005 Suzuki Dr-Z125L. Then finally got to step up to the lites bikes. I got an ’05 RM-Z 250 for a Cristmas present. I started on some design work in the graphics and stuff for that bike. Then about two years later I bought an ’08 RM-Z 250 and have really gone to town designing that one. I’ve always love art and design work, sort of a side hobby.
Q. So overall, why would you say you ride?
A. Wow, that’s a tough question,well actually it’s a simple question, but the answer is complex. It’s almost a therapy for me, I can’t do anything else. My mind has always been on riding, when I’m not doing it I’m wishing I was. I love the thrill of the competition, and the satisfaction that comes from doing something you did not think was possible.
Q. Where do you see your riding going in the future?
A. Realistically, I don’t see it turning into a professional career, altough that is my dream. The A class is my goal within the next couple years, right now I’m just stepping into the B class after finishing in the top 5 of both of my classes last year in the Fun Valley Championship Series.