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20130603-182141.jpgName: Justin Velicky
Age: 33
Home town: Amsterdam NY
Occupation: Bridge Inspector

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

I started when I was maybe 8 or 9 on mini bikes. My father would bring home some pretty interesting pieces and we would pull a motor from a tiller or snowblower or find something to get in the frame and ride around the neighborhood. The first mini bike was pimped out to with red grips and a blue fur seat that was a cover for a toilet. The first real bike I got was at 12 – an 88 rm 80 and I was hooked from then on. I would ride it mainly in trails and rip the rear fender off as much as I could and one day my father and his buddy took me to electric city after hours ( kinda snuck in) and started burning in some laps. The next race they were holding I was in, new stickers all over the bike to make it fast, work boots, jeans, sweatshirt, and leather gloves. I got 5th and was pretty happy with that. There was 6 of us but it sounds better as a 5th than a second to last.

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

Its a toss up for me cause anything with stones and water is my fav. Square Deal is my favorite place to be if I have to pick. The guys there are amazing with the track. You know everytime its Race day that track is going to be one of the raciest tracks in the country. It brings out some heavy hitters every year to battle on that surface, and usually the fastest guy with the most balls wins and I like that.

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?

Roger Durkee GNC 69. I mean I loved to watch Scott Parker and he was my all time fav but my local guy who still in my head was one or the best technical short track riders was the great Roger. When I first started I used to watch him come out of turn 4 at electric city – sat back completely crossed up, wide open, with the wheel 2 -3 inches off the ground gone week after week win after win. He helped me a lot with learning his famous square off move that I like to think I use pretty effectively.

How has the sport changed since you started racing? And what would you like to see happen in flat track racing in the future?

It seems like it made it easier for kids to come through the ranks using this DTX style bike but, I feel like we lost a little of the flat track heiritage that came with the sport. I have a very one sided answer with this question cause I came through the AMA ranks on a framed rotax . I thought that it was a good bike to make the advance on from a DTX style motocross bike that most riders used coming through the AMA ranks and then make the switch to a framed bike with a little more weight before it was time for the XR. I guess that is what I would like to see come back – a big single pro race, and you know all the big boys in the pro ranks all have a fast rotax stored away.

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

Well I would like to lie to you on this one and say there were none but the one that comes to my mind the most was an Aaron Creamer race at Square Deal where I led 22 laps and slipped high and lost it to Mike Radley. I am sure there were more that were even worse but, the Aaron Creamer race holds a lot of weight in my heart so those days stick out the most.

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

Every win to me is a great one. I never had a GNC win and im sure that would do it but if I had to choose it would be the Aaron Creamer Memorial race at Square Deal. I came close a bunch of times and really wanted my name on the checkered flag. I got it 2 years ago and I was pretty happy with that, I even wrote it on Aaron legacy page.

As a spectator I see you and your father in the pits working on your bikes together. It’s seems that both of you enjoy the sport and are working toward the same end goal (winning). What role do each of you play in bike set up and race prep during the week?

He does the inside of the motor and i do the outside and they usually meet together well. I would like to say that we get it done early in the week but, usually we are both working all over and it seems like we find our only and best time to work is under extreme preasure the couple nights before. We work around the clock and show up late ready to win with no oil in the bike and the air cleaners still drying with a paper on the tank that says no oil.

You and your framers are always fast, why do you like the framers better than the new style DTX bikes?

They turn, hook up, and weigh less period. These frames and the general geometry of a flat track bike hasn’t changed that much since it started. These are custom one of a kind purpose built bikes for an individuals personal liking. I mean for me it’s the only way to ride on a flattrack – you ride the flat track bike on the flattrack and you ride the motocross bike on the motocross track…right?

Justin I have seen you have some good battles at SDR over the last five years, who do enjoy running bar to bar with these days? What rider do you wish you could have raced against but never had the opportunity?

I like to run next to Craig Estell. He is a smooth rider and runs a consistant lap so it makes it easy to judge where he will be for close racing. During practice though on my own time pretty much the only rider I ride real close with lap after lap is Adam Carpenello GNC 58. We put in a lot of great battles and get to laugh about it after. Except one time when I was leading a heat race he had second and he completely took the two of us out on the last lap. I sent him the pic of that move he pulled but we still are great friends. The one rider I would have loved to ride with would def be Scott Parker. I got to race the same race but, we were in different heats down at the stadium in Daytona my first year expert on a rotax sponsered to me by Frank Carpenello and another bike By Tom Buzzi. So close.

Can you tell the fans how important the bike setup is and what changes make the biggest difference?

I mean the set up is everything. I’m generally a stone guy and a throttle junkie so I need traction as much as possible – swing arm angle and wheel placement is very critical for me along with tires. If you ever see me in the pits there is a good chance that I have a razor or grooving iron in my hand.

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

Is porn a sport?? Nah just kidding. Maybe offshore boating ??? it looks like a lot off fun and pretty risky. I need a certain amount of risk in my life or I get shakey.

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

Work hard all the time, talk to the fast guys at the races and start practicing. You can slow yourself down during practice and practice individual technics and then apply them when your racing. Be in shape and try to eat healthy. Most important be a good kid. Its an expensive sport and very demanding same as all the other sports when you want to go to the top level. Your parents will be flipping the bill so be good and keep the family close and keep them paying as long as possible.

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

Unfortunatly i had to grow up and do the whole college and job thing so I don’t get to enjoy as much riding as I used too but, during the race year I like to ride dirt bikes a couple times a week. We built a flat track and a motocross track at my house so it makes it a little easier. I try to eat healthy, lift light, and ride a bike also as much as I can fit in. At a minimum just do some stretches, sit ups, and push ups. During off season im on the ice a lot. I try to get at least 30 rides in before season starts.

What are your goals for the 2014 season?

Keep it on two wheels, try and have fun, see all the racers I love to see and most important WIN!

Please mention your sponsors and anybody that has helped you throughout your career

My whole family and friends, Harts MotorSports out of Mayfield NY 518-661-part, Killer Kyle 43, Jon lutzman, Doug Armstrong, Marks Const., Pilot Racing, Resist Ind., and my GF – who keeps me moving forward.

Check out Justin on his always fast No.12 at http://squaredealriders.comImageImageSquareImageImageImageImage

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I just finished a great interview with a guy that I met a few years ago at the AMA Vintage National at SDR. Fumi did this interview with me as he was headed to Savanna, Georgia for some Flat track racing. Good luck to all the racers that traveled south for bike week 2014. Enjoy this interview.

Name: Fumihisa Matsueda
Age: 35
Home town: Ashikaga Japan
Occupation: Student

When did you start your racing career and where?
I started Flat Track Race in this country which was…2008

What is your favorite surface to race on and track?
Hard packed smooth clay short track.
Oakland valley speedway in NY
Volusia short track in FL

Who did you, or even still do you look up to in your sport and why?
George Rickmyer, Craig Estelle, Shane Livington, Dave Aldana
Why? because those guys are crazy to me!

What is your most memorable moment so far in flat track racing?
This is gonna be a loooong story.
15 years ago in Japan, I bought one magazine called “Street Bikers”.
This magazine usually has a full page in a dead middle of magazine about Flat Track in USA.
I always rip the page off and put it as a poster on my wall.
One time, Old hand shift WR Harley Davidon was on the page.
I was so shocked!!
What a cool bike!! and actually somebody is racing on this bike in USA???
I still has the poster on my wall in my parents house.
Anyway, 10 years later I came here to the States, and started Flat Track Racing for fun.
I had a chance to go down Daytona to AMA Vintage National Race.
That was Savannah GA, I was walking around pit and taking some photos.
There was old hand shift WR Harley.
I was like Wow! this is a cool bike!!
It is super georges.
Then one old guy showed up with leather from the truck behind the bike.
He was like “Do you like this bike?”
I said “Yes! this is very cool looking bike!”
He turned around then back to truck and grabed one magazine.
“Do you know this magazine??”

Yes, that’s the magazine I saw 10 years ago and that’s the bike I still have a poster then this is the guy George Wills right there.
I was so excited and explain about 10 years ago like this.
Then, George pointed the other side and said “thats the guy who took this photo!”
Also this was the first time I met Shogo who has been taking Flat Track photos for 29 years.
That day, I met two guys they hooked me up to interesting in this Flat Track World in one shot!

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?
I don’t have any racing career.
I’m just doing this race for fun, so there is no disappointment YET!

Who have you enjoyed racing against? and what rider do you wish you could have raced with that isn’t racing any more?
Anybody line up nest to me at start line.
Specially Nick Weimer from up state NY, from my very tiny race experiece but allways he is the kid in front of me.
Craig Estelle and Shane Livingston, One time I was on a same podium with them.
Those guys were battling each other and I chased them, ended up 3rd with them.
It made my whole my race career! I was so pleased with standing with them at same podium.

What are your goals for the 2014 season?
Having a good time and come back with one piece.

What is one piece of advice you would give a young or new rider as they enter this great sport?
Hum…
Im stil young and dont have enough experiences to open my mouth but
If you like this sports, try it.
You don’t know untill you start, you are good or not.
Not only this sport, anything try it then you decide.

Do you ever plan on riding a new style bike or will you stay on the vintage bikes?
Nope
to me, steel frame, motor has tons of weight with steel, twin shocks and carburetor.
Thats the Motorcycle I think.
Also Im doing this race just for fun.
most important thing is I take my favorite bike to the race bike and race it!!
that’s all about it.

Please mention your sponsors or people that have helped you throughout your racing season.
Hugh Mackie, Brian Caufield 6th street specials from NYC, 6th street racing crew and SPRITZ BY FRITZ.

Where can people follow your on social media, or a website that they can follow you though out your season?
Facebook “rokuchome specials”
BLOG http://2f2l.blog123.fc2.com/

Fumi

Check out some action shots of Fumi at John Zachary Photography

Again don’t forget to hit the follow button so you won’t miss another interview that I will be doing through out the racing season.

I’ll see you at the track!

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Name: Cory Texter
Age: 25
Home town: Willow Street, PA
Occupation: Motorcycle Racer, Associate Editor; Next Moto Champion Magazine

When did you start your racing career and where? I started racing a little bit when I was four years old. First race was Trail-Ways Speedway in Hanover, PA. I didn’t start racing full-time until I was 15 years old though.

What is your favorite surface to race on and track? I like everything to be honest but I prefer cushion tracks. Anything rough and fast where I can keep the throttle pinned.

Who did you, or even still do look up to in your sport and why? I looked up to a lot of guys when I was younger. Mainly Scott Parker and Ricky Graham. As well as my Dad. I really grew into a big Chris Carr fan, even when I was racing with him. He is like an adopted uncle to me.

What is your most memorable moment so far in flat track racing? My most memorable moment so far.. I would have to say making my first national at the Indy Mile was pretty cool. Huge crowd. That was a cool feeling. Giving my Dad a victory lap after I won my first expert final at Tucson, AZ was pretty special. Winning the first ever Randy Texter memorial at York in 2012 was sweet too.

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? I have had a lot of disappointments, but I don’t regret any of them because I feel like they have shaped me into the rider I am today. Sometimes you have to fail before you can succeed. I try and learn as much as I can at every race.

Who have you enjoyed racing against? and what rider do you wish you could have raced with that isn’t racing any more? I raced a lot with Brandon Robinson coming through the ranks and that is always fun because he is a guy you can trust at the high speeds we race at. Coolbeth and Jersey Jake Johnson are two more guys I enjoy racing with. The only person I really wish I could of raced with is my father Randy. I got to ride with him a few times but never really got to race with him. That would have been cool.

What are your goals for the 2014 season? I have a lot of goals for this season. I can sum it up quickly, I just want to go out there every race this season and ride my best. If I ride at my best, and I have fun in the process, I will be where I want to be at the end of the season.

What is one piece of advice you would give a young or new rider as they enter this great sport? Have fun. Having fun is something that sometimes gets lost coming through the ranks. It’s a blessing to go out there every weekend and race motorcycles. The rider who is having the most fun out there is usually the one who finishes the best at the end of the day.

What is the biggest difference between a framer and a new DTX bike? Oh boy. Throwback question. Framers are a blast to ride and I miss them a lot. They turn on a dime and they hook up very well. The new DTX bikes have come a long way. I have been riding a DTX bike since day one. I enjoy riding both style bikes.

Please mention your sponsors or people that have helped you throughout your racing season. I want to thank my family, friends, and fans for always sticking behind me. Alan from Racing Unlimited for giving me some fast twins to ride this year. The McElroy Packaging family. Without them this season wouldn’t be possible. Also want to thank Herr’s, Invisible Glass, Lancaster Honda, Arai, Axo, Saddlemen, Portable-Shade, DesignStar3, Motion Pro, Impact Armor, Spectro, K&N, Kicker, Alpinestars,100%, Wiseco, Falicon, Durelle Racing, EBC Brakes, Rockwell, ISC Racer’s Tape, PMP Sprockets, Slick Products, West Coast Hot Shoes, Cytomax, Muscle Milk.

Where can people follow your on social media, or a website that they can follow you though out your season? @CoryTexter on Twitter. @CoryTexter on Instagram. TexterSiblings on Facebook for updates on Shayna & myself.
 
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I’ll see you at the races.
John

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