Archive for March, 2014

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Dalton Gauthier is a young Hot Shoe that is turning heads in the flat track world. This high school freshman is the pilot of the Scott Powersports Yamanha. Gauthier just got back from racing in Georgia where he beat some of the best pros in the buisness. See what makes this kid so fast in this interview.

Name: Dalton Gauthier
Age: 15
Home town: Pine Grove Pa
Grade: 9

When did you start racing career and where?
I started riding when I was about 2 on a crf honda 50 with training wheels. I started racing when I was 4 in Welland Ontario. My dad was racing speedway bikes and he got me into it.

Dalton What is your favorite surface to race on and track?
I like cushion tracks short track, quarter mile, or half mile don’t care if it is nice and deep and rough I will ride it! My favorite track is probably SquareDeal Raceway.

Who did you, or even still do look up to in your sport and why?
I look up to Chris Carr a lot he is one very talented rider. And another rider I look up to is Jd Beach he is a very cool. I love the way he rides too! And I got to race both of them down south at Oglethorpe raceway and that was a bunch of fun!

How do you like the Scott Powersports Yamaha so far? What things really impress you about the bike?
Oh man, what can I say probably the best working bike I have ever road. It turns so easy and gets good traction! It seems like my dad and Mike Scott from Scott Powersports get this thing perfect for me! The power is incredible and very fun to ride!

During your racing career what has been your biggest disappointment. Is there a race that got away from you or a championship that you have always wanted to get but just haven’t been able to reach?
Probably back in 2010 on the 85’s when I didn’t win the youth rider of the year was probably the biggest disappointment. But that’s the past and I’ve been working my butt off for the horizon this year. And hopefully all goes well!

I understand you traveled south to Daytona to start your 2014 season? How did you make out down there?
Probably one of the best weeks I’ve had in a while! The Yamaha worked good everywhere starting at Oglethorpe raceway when I won the Super Singles class against Jared Mees, Kenny Coolbeth, Jd Beach, Chris Carr, and Brandon Robinson! I won everything except for the modified open singles when I didn’t ride both main events and still got 3rd but everything else I won and all in all it was a great week!

What kind of information do you give to your father or mechanic when you come in off the track after practice? And Dalton do you get right in there and get your hands dirty working on your bike or do you leave most of that up to your dad?
Most of the time I get a good working bike cause my dad is the best mechanic ever I think. But usually I will tell him if the bike is spinning a lot or if I don’t have enough speed down the straight aways. Rarely I will get down and get my hands dirty. It’s usually changing sprockets or flipping or changing tires! But my dad likes to do it so I will let him do all the work.

Who have you enjoyed racing against? and what rider do you wish you could have raced with that isn’t racing any more?
I have enjoyed racing against all the district 6 experts in pa. Names like Donnie Mullen, Jake Shoemaker, and Raun Wood. All national number riders. I would love to race with Chris Carr a little bit more but he’s selling golden tires now so that’s a bust!

What are your goals for the 2014 season?
Get a top 3 in expert d6 points and win the horizon award and then go pro for 2015 and stay healthy, fit and injury free!

What is one piece of advice you would give a young or new rider as they enter this great sport?
Just have fun! And be as competitive as you can be!

As a young and up and coming rider, what do you feel will be the hardest part of becoming a pro?
Just keep being consistent and trying to put it on the box!

How about training? Do you do any training like running ,weights, or do you just ride to get into race shape? How many hours a week do you train?
I am usually biking in the trails by my house and usually go for a run at the local gym room on the treadmill. Probably train 4 hours on a good day!

What is your biggest accomplishment so far in your racing career?
When I got top 3 in d6 expert points my first year as original expert, and when I won 85 class at amateur grands.

Please mention your sponsors or people that have helped you throughout your racing season.

Scott Powersports
Triple j racing
Dad
Spectro oils
Adrenalyn junky action sports
Amped apparel
Deft family
Eks brand goggles
Bob Mundy/ Media marketing
David Maltias
Aria helmets

Where can people follow your on social media, or a website that they can follow you though out your season?

Dalton Gauthier on Facebook
Instagram- dalton_gauthier14a

Go to John Zachary Photography to get images of your favorite riders like Dalton.

I’ll see you at the track!

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Fresh off of two top five finishes at Daytona National 44 USC Kawasaki pilot Brandon Robinson sat down with me for a excellent interview for Under a The Helmet.

Name: Brandon Robinson
Age: 23
Home town: Oxford, PA
Occupation: Professional Motorcycle Racer

When did you start racing career and where? My first taste of the two wheeled world came when I was just four years old, back in 1994 at Trail Way Speedway in Hanover, PA.

What is your favorite surface to race on and track? My favorite surface to race on is just about any track that will form some sort of blue groove and my absolute favorite track is Oglethorpe Speedway in Savannah, GA!

Who did you, or even still do look up to in your sport and why? Growing up the main guy I looked up to was Chris Carr. He was winning everything in sight when I was a kid. I also look up to guys like Jake Johnson and Kenny Coolbeth. They are true professionals on and off the track and awesome competitors.

What was the biggest difference in racing when you became a pro? The biggest difference was just getting use to the pace like from the start to finish. There is little to no room for mistakes when everyone your racing is as just as fast as you. As an amateur I could get a bad start and work my way through the pack and as a pro its much more difficult.

During your racing career what has been your biggest disappointment. Is there a race that got away from you or a championship that you have always wanted to get but just haven’t been able to reach? A big disappointment for me was letting the 2012 Indy Mile slip away and finishing second. Still a great result, but if there is one place that I would like to win before my career is over its Indy, just because of everything I went through there with getting hurt.

Can you explain to the fans the feeling you get when you are racing handlebar to handlebar for 20-25 laps on the edge? It must be a rush. It’s definitely a blast especially at a place like Springfield where your swapping positions just about every lap. Working the draft and having to make every move with precision is a thing of beauty.

Who have you enjoyed racing against? and what rider do you wish you could have raced with that isn’t racing any more? I really enjoy racing against guys like Jake Johnson and Kenny Coolbeth. Someone I wish I got the chance to race against would be Nicky Hayden. Maybe some day he’ll make a comeback and I’ll get that opportunity.

What are your goals for the 2014 season? My goals for 2014 is to improve on my results from 2013 and make a run at the Grand National Championship!

What is one piece of advice you would give a young or new rider as they enter this great sport? A piece of advice that I would give to a young rider is don’t get discouraged or give up. Learn from your bad days and improve on them the next time.

So how do you feel about your results from both nights at Daytona? I’m pretty satisfied with my results from Daytona. It’s hard to complain about a couple of top 5’s, but that crash on the second night definitely put me behind. I felt like I had something to win that night, but that’s part of racing. It happens.

What changes if any did you make to your bike from Thursday night to Friday? Nothing. I rode the exact same bike with same set up both nights.

How important was tire choice both nights and was there any traction up high? You seemed like you where on a mission after the restart Friday night. Well there is no tire choice. We have a spec tire so everyone is on equal tires. I just knew what I had to do and my USC Kawasaki was working awesome and I was able to work my way forward!

What is your biggest accomplishment so far in your racing career? My biggest accomplishment has to be pulling off the double header sweep at the Springfield Mile last year!

Please mention your sponsors or people that have helped you throughout your racing season.USC Kawasaki, James Hart, Hot Shot Motorworks, James Stevens Racing, R&D Machine, Arai, ATI Physical Therapy, Penske Shocks, AXO, Go Pro, Saddlemen, Pro Plates, Motion Pro, Royal Publishing, VC Graphix, KK Motorcycle Supply, Hartman Photography, Modotek, PMP Sprockets, Spectro Oils, Wiseco Pistons, Cometic Gaskets, Lectron Carburetors, Evans Coolant, G2 Ergonomics, West Coast Hot Shoes, Works Connection, K&N, Impact Armor, DAO, WKR, Race Tech, Jim Chapman, Tom Scibek, John Y, TJB

Where can people follow your on social media, or a website that they can follow you though out your season?
Website: Brandon Robison
Twitter: @BRob44
Instagram: @BRob44
Facebook: Brandon Robinson

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Justin was kind enough to do this interview with me fresh off of a second and third place finish in Pro- Singles at Daytona Flat Track during Bike Week 2014.

Name: Justin M Jones
Age: 17
Home town: Holley New York

When did you start racing career and where? Started racing at the age of four at the Crusaders Motorcycle Club in Medina, New York

What is your favorite surface to race on and track? My Favorite surface is cushion tracks, fav track Canton, Ohio

Who did you, or even still do look up to in your sport and why? As I grew up I always looked up to Kenny Coolbeth and still do he’s a great racer and even better person when you meet him in person.

What was the biggest difference in racing when you became a pro? Biggest difference when I turned pro for me was mainly just the new tracks. I raced with most the pro riders before at outlaw tracks.

During your racing career what has been your biggest disappointment. Is there a race that got away from you or a championship that you have always wanted to get but just haven’t been able to reach? You know as a racer there’s always a championship that you don’t quite get and goals we wanna reach and I have numerous times growing up missed a couple championships like the Amateur Nationals on my 85. I was winning the half mile when my bike quite… At amateur nationals in 2012 I was leading the open singles on the tt and my brakes gave up, But never have I been completely disappointed things happen in racing and I have a great time doing it.

Can you explain to the fans the feeling you get when you are racing handlebar to handlebar for 20 laps on the edge? It must be a rush. Yea there is absolutely no feeling like racing handle bar to handle bar with someone especially in the pro class. Everyone is so close, the rush is though the roof and that’s why I do this the feeling of riding hard handle bar to handle bar with a smile on my face.

Who have you enjoyed racing against? and what rider do you wish you could have raced with that isn’t racing any more? I enjoy racing pretty much everyone if they race well then great, but probably Kenny Coolbeth at SDR was my favorite. I would loved to have gotten to race against Cris Carr he was such an idol to me as well.

What are your goals for the 2014 season? Well my goals for 2014 are try getting as much points as I can before the series heads out west and hope I can fined a ride there to race the west coast races I would like to race the whole serious I feel I can be a points contender for sure.

What is one piece of advice you would give a young or new rider as they enter this great sport? One great peace of advise is do it for the fun not the fam or glory.

Nice run opening night at Daytona. After your heat win did you make any changes to your bike for the main? And you started on the outside, did you choose that spot because you would be in the groove or for another reason? Yea the outside looked great hard packed and it was an ok starting spot I made no changes after the heat and just went with it and it worked great

What is your biggest accomplishment so far in your racing career? My biggest accomplishment would defiantly be my 3rd at my second ever pro race at the Peoria Tt

Please mention your sponsors or people that have helped you throughout your racing season. People I can’t thank enough are
RLJ racing
Wild rides
Hollink motorsports
Elder trucking
Own graphics
Fasdass plates
Comet leathers
Yea pretty much everyone thank you

Where can people follow your on social media, or a website that they can follow you though out your season? I can be followed here at Facebook or on Instagram Honda19b

John Zachary Photography

I’ll see you at the races!

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