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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.

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See you at the track
John

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