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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 have been watching Dan and his Brother Joe racing their KTM’s at Square Deal Riders for a while now. They are always fun to watch and seem to be toward the front at every event. This past Thursday night I watched Dan put himself into the Pro Singles Main Event at Daytona, with a second place finish in his heat race. Bromley was running in the top five for most of the main, but slipped back to finish in the sixth position. Dan started off the front row Friday night, but worked his way up to the 8th position. Check out what makes this young rider fast in this interview.

Name: Dan Bromley
Age: 18
Home town: Warrington, PA
Occupation: Mechanic at Bromley”s MC

When did you start your racing career and where? I actually started my first race when i was 3 at a local MX track called The Flying Dutchamn in Pine Grove. I wasn’t any good but i did make it over some of the jumps.

What is your favorite surface to race on and track? My overall favorite surface to ride on I’d have to say is a really wet muddy track, like a MX or harescramble. But for flat track, my favorite surface would have to be Springfeild Short track and TT.

Who did you, or even still do look up to in your sport and why? Growing up in D6, theres been a lot of pro riders that have been very influential, but the main guy that I’ve looked up to would have to be Jake Johnson. He’s really laid back but when it comes down to racing hes always a front runner.

What is your most memorable moment so far in flat track racing? By far the most memorable moment that I have had, would have to be standing on top of the podium at Springfield short track. I was thinking I did it. That I was the baddest dude in the Pro singles that day was an awesome feeling my rookie season.

During your racing career what has been your biggest disappointment? The biggest disappointing that I have had would have to be leading the Peoria tt with a comfortable lead and crashed over the jump. And then I came back and passed almost the whole field and lost by tenth of a second. That was disappointing to me because i knew i could have won it.

Who have you enjoyed racing against? and what rider do you wish you could have raced with that isn’t racing any more? The person that I enjoy racing with the most would have to be my brother because I know that I can trust him and also because we can ride each other dirty and laugh about it after the race. The one person that I’d like to race against would definitely be my dad in his prime, he always talks about how fast he was and I think it be fun to race him.

What are your goals for the 2014 season? For 2014 my goals are to finish in the top 10 at every Grand National and be consistent all year to hopefully get top 3 in the Pro Singles.

Can you put into words what it is like running down into turn one from the gate, with handle bars and foot pegs on each side of you. Most people would think that it would be scary going into turn one handlebar to handle bar, but really it’s not that bad because I know that I can trust everyone on the track. We’re all professional and wouldn’t purposely do anything that could be dangers to the other riders, so when you trust everyone it makes going into turn one a lot easier.

What is one piece of advice you would give a young or new rider as they enter this great sport? One piece of advice that took me awhile to learn and was something that I really didn’t like as an amateur but benefited me now. Would be to ride a stock bike. As an amateur it’s not that fun having to ride a stock bike against a fully modded bike, but you’ll learn how to really ride the bike to its full potential so that when you become a professional and get work done to your bike, you’ll then be able to progress and ride the mod bike to its full potential and be a front runner.

What kind of training do you do on the off season and how does it change during the race season? For training I really don’t do a lot of gym work, mainly I just swim and try to eat healthy.

Please mention your sponsors or people that have helped you throughout your racing season. First and foremost I can’t that my parents enough for all the support they have given me my whole career. AdditionallyIi cant thank the KTM Off-road team for all there support, SBR (Steve Bromley Racing), G2 Ergonomics, Powersport Grafx, Evans Coolant, Motul, Motorcycle Superstore, Bell Helmets, Tech-Care Suspension, Saddlemen, and all the guys at Bromley’s.

Where can people follow your on social media, or a website that they can follow you though out your season? You can find me at:
http://www.facebook.com/dan.bromley.735
Twitter- danbromley54
Instagram- danbromley54

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Name: Jake Constantine
Age:23
Home town:Selkirk NY
Occupation:Motorcycle Racer / Owner of Allphase Masonry & Chimney

When did you start your racing career and where?
​When I was about 15 i raced a little motocross and when I turned 16 i was able to drive myself to the tracks and compete. As far as dirt track racing Jeff Radley took me to Electric City Riders where I competed on the tt course with a motocross bike. My first short track race was at Square Deal Riders and i have been hooked ever since.

What is your favorite surface to race on and track?
​I would have to say pea gravel is my favorite where you can steer the bike with the throttle. Square Deal Riders and Lima

Who did you, or even still do look up to in your sport and why?
​Kenny Coolbeth has always been someone I look up to. Coming up through the ranks from amateur, pro and now expert I have always watched him. The way he represents himself on and off the track. He will talk to anyone and give fan a chance to meet and talk to him. He was always someone I watched and studied how they rode a motorcycle and carried himself. He is one of few that have made motorcycle racing a successful career. Now being able to bang bars together racing and riding for fun is a blast.

What is your most memorable moment so far in flat track racing?
​There’s 2 things that are most memorial to me, one would be winning Daytona Short Track in 2013 and then moving up to expert twins class and receiving my national # 13 in the same year at the mega mile in Virginia.

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?
​Biggest disappointment to me is when I have been hurt I have had a few nasty crashes that have banged me up pretty bad with long recoveries but its always great to get back on the saddle. I take each race as its own I have always pushed myself very hard and strive to win so disappointments to me on the track is actually anything less then that.

Who have you enjoyed racing against? and what rider do you wish you could have raced with that isn’t racing any more?
​Ive always enjoyed racing with Kenny Coolbeth, I wished I could have raced with Chris Carr but he retired before I turned Pro.

What are your goals for the 2014 season?
​Winning races

Whats the one thing on your bike that will give you the biggest change to the way your bike handles?
​Myself and the change of riding styles for different tracks

What is one piece of advice you would give a young or new rider as they enter this great sport?
​Work hard at what you love to do and always carry yourself as a professional on and off the track people are always watching, always push yourself.

As far a SDR why do you think they always get the national numbers to show up and race the big races?
​Mike Williams and the whole SDR crew do an awesome job the track is perfect everytime. Its a saturday night race that is pretty centrally located for people to come the level of competition is always the best with sometime as many as 40 pros and the spectators love it. The competition, track, crew and payouts at big races bring people in.

Please mention your sponsors or people that have helped you throughout your racing season.
​My sponsors are: Allphase Masonry & Chimney, Ed Hanes, Matts Cycle Center, Esj Graphics, Web Camshafts, R&D Springs, CP, Chicken Hawk, MSR, Pro Cycles, MRT, K&N, CV4, Jeff Radley, Redline Sales & Service, Silkolene, Saddlemen, Jemco, West Coast Hot Shoe, Powdertech, Jay Skidmore, Jay Maloney, Traction Garage,

Where can people follow your on social media, or a website that they can follow you though out your season?
​Facebook: Jake Constantine

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Thank you John

I’ll see you at the races!

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