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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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