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Three time Grand National Flat Track Champion, Kenny Coolbeth was kind enough to do this interview with me as he was getting ready for Daytona bike week 2014. I would like to thank Kenny for this interview, and wish him luck with his new team.

Name: Kenny Coolbeth
Age: 36
Home town: Morris, CT
Occupation: Professional Motorcycle Racer

What class do you participate in and what brand of bikes do you ride?
GNC Expert- I race both Honda 450 and a Harley XR 750.

When did you start your racing career, and where?
I started racing when I was 5 years old. I raced a lot at SDR in BInghamton, Electric City and Hanover, PA. My parents really took me everywhere,

What is your favorite surface to race on and track?
Clay Tracks are my favorite surface,and my favorite track is Hagerstown.

Who did you, or even still do look up to in your sport and why?
I looked up to Bubba Shobert, he was the best in my eyes and if he didn’t get hurt I’m sure he would have won more championships. The way he rode, and his style was great. He was always in the top three.

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?
My biggest disappointment was in 2009, I was leading the points with one race to go and I broke my collarbone and lost the championship.

What is your biggest accomplishment so far in your career?
My biggest accomplishment was winning my first championship in 2006,

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 Jared Mees. I wish I could have raced against Bubba Shoebert, but he got hurt before I turned pro.

What is something that you have always wanted to do while racing but haven’t been able to do yet?
I would love to go to another country and race against different people, I hope I have the opportunity to do this some day. I was going to race in the Troy Bayless Classic this past year but the timing wasn’t right with me joining a new team and figuring out stuff for the 2014 season.

What is one piece of advice you would give a young or new rider as they enter this great sport?
My advice that I would give is to always have fun, but be serious about it.

Please mention your sponsors or people that have helped you throughout your racing season.
My sponsors are Zanotti Racing, Burt Ives Honda, Moroneys HD, Trantolo & Trantolo, RLJ Racing, Arai, Cometic, Motion Pro, K&N, Bazzaz, Votex, Works Connection, Ride Academy, Millenium Technologies, Spectro, G2 Ergonomics, EBC Brakes, Weiss Racing, Saddlemen, Pro Plates, Wiseco, Boughner Racing, Strictly Dirt, Acerbis, Prewitt Automotive, HBD Motografx

Where can people follow you on social media, or a website that they can follow you though out your season?
You can find me on…
Facebook – Kenny Coolbeth Jr
Instagram – coolbeth2
Website –
Also info on AMA Pro Flat Track website