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I hope you enjoy this interview with soon to be national rider Jay Maloney. Jay is a young Hotshoe in the sport if flat track.

Name: Jay Maloney
Age:27
Home town:Oakland, NJ

How did you get started in racing, and how old were you when you started?

I was four and half years old when my dad started me racing. My first race was an ice race, then that summer was my first flat track race.

What is your favorite track, and what type of surface do you enjoy racing on the most?

This is a tough one. Clay tracks have always been my favorite. Hagerstown ,MD one of my favorite tracks even though we struggled a lot there this year. I could probably say that Daytona could be my favorite because I got my national number there this year, but have to say I am starting to take a liking to some cushion tracks.

Who did you look up to as a young rider? Was there a rider that gave you advice or support when you were trying to make it to the big bikes?

I look up to a lot of riders. Mert lawwill was an amazing rider because back then, you had to run flat track, road race, and tt to win the championship. Ricky Graham was also an awesome rider. Will Davis I looked up to, and got to hang out with often. I have had a lot of riders give me advice and support throughout the years and, I thank them all.

Next year you get your national number. How hard was it to achieve? Also, what number will you be wearing?

Yea wow, haha pretty amazing feeling. Honestly for me (getting )it wasn’t bad, I couldn’t ask for anything better. This was my first race as a GNC Expert, my first race of the year, and it was in Daytona. I Won my semi from the start to the finish, which I can say that was a very long semi haha. I Felt like it was never going to end. As far as a number for next year, I am leaning towards 12. Its opposite of 21 and I like how it looks.

I’m sure that you have had one or two races slip through your hands in your young career, what one do you wish you could do over again if any and why?

I have had a very long career in racing, and there has been so many that have slipped away. Everything happens for a reason. I have won many races so that makes up for it! Hagerstown this year was very tough for me as my favorite track on the National tour, and going there on a twin for the first time . I literally had maybe a hour of seat time on the bike total , and the bike was completely not ready. I was looking to regain saddleman rookie of the year points there also . So I would say, it would be great to do that over again and be 100 percent ready for it.

In your career what has been your biggest win or championship that you are most proud of?

Had a lot of big wins. Any win especially the pro/expert ones that my dad could be at, and my sponsors mean a lot to me. If it wasn’t for him I never would have got started racing. Any one of my championships means a lot to me cause it takes a lot to win a championship. I look around and see my championships here and there, and go back and think about what it took to get it. I see that it is always a lot for any of them. My biggest win had to be Daytona this year (yeah, it was only winning my semi) but winning my semi was the race that I got my national number!

How many hours a week do you and your crew spend on preparing your bike for the next race?

Let’s just say endless! haha It never stops. There’s always something. Flat track racing you are always changing things no matter what . Way more then any other industry of motorcycle racing. But normally during the week it gets a little crazy . There are lots of long nights getting ready for the next race.

As far as setup changes what seems to be the one thing that you change first when your bike is off a little?

You can 100 percent be ready to change gearing and air pressure at every single track even if you have been there before. Always messing with gearing and air pressure for that extra edge.

What rider do you wish you could have raced against but never had the opportunity?

Any of the older flat trackers like Mert lawwill and that erra. Those guys were nuts. Unreal watching videos of them race. Nicky Hayden is also another one I would like to go at it with on a short track.

Traveling seems to take up a lot of riders time during the season, how do you cope with the long drives and still stay fresh for the event?

Well traveling takes up a lot of time for sure. From working on bikes all week, long nights, and then having to drive to the event , it definitely gets tiring. Mondays are normally a little rough. But the people I travel with are pretty good. I’m normally sleeping if not driving haha. Sometimes the drives are pretty entertaining so no time for sleep haha.

If you couldn’t have been a Flat track racer what other sport would you have liked to have done as a pro?

I would have to say nascar probably . I mean its dangerous and all but your in a car surrounded by a cage . and you can make pretty good career and living out of racing nascar. So that would work .

What advice would you give to a young or new rider trying to make in the sport?

Best advice I could give them is never give up. Not every race or race day is going to go your way. Keep your head up and never give up. Your going to have good days and bad days. No matter how great you could be your still going to have bad race days. Just put it behind you learn from it and move on to the next. Don’t get discouraged.

It seems like everybody has a training program do you have one? If so what does it consist of? How much riding do you do during the week and off season?

I have a hard time getting motivated going to the gym. Not exciting enough for me haha. I do some cycling on the road which is helpfull. Last year few pro supercross riders told me they got stand up jet skis for training . So I bought one and try to get out as much as possible on it. It really is great for training and its fun to ride.

What are your goals for the 2014 season?

Well I have accomplished alot of the goals I had for 2014 already. So taking it race by race now. I want to be consistently making main events at nationals. We lost a lot of ground by not having bike done and missed a few nationals. I was leading rookie of the year points up untill after Lima. So it wasn’t a goal in the beginning of the year, I but can see it being one now , to possibly try and chase and regain that Saddleman Rookie of the year possibly win it.

I just want to thank everyone that has helped me get to where I am at . I’ve had a ton of support through my career and I wouldn’t be where I am at if it wasnt for those people, MRT, Avila racing, bobby kenny, level 10, answer racing, eleven 10 mods, esj graphics, feal suspension, vortex, hammer head designs, rad mfg, kmc wheels, smx optics, traction garage, allphase, and of course mom and dad.

Make sure to check out Jay on Facebook @ MRTMaloney

You can see more images of Jay at http://johnzacharyphotography.com

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See you at the track
John

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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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I’ll see you at the track?
John

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