At 13 years old Wyatt Mattson is wise beyond his years and possesses more drive and desire to succeed than most adults. With two younger siblings his family packed their home and headed from the wintry weather in Illinois to the beautiful golden state. Mattson’s been able to maintain high grades through this transition and is a member of the Honor Society. He volunteers his time to help tutor others in math and chemistry and is sure to succeed in nearly everything he attempts because of his drive. Currently residing in El Dorado Hills, California I was able to catch up with Wyatt at the Ponca MotoPlaygrounds race and was so happy to see his bright smile across the track. Here’s what Wyatt had to say about what’s happening in Cali.
Several National Podiums and have met awesome competitors and families along the way. I have friends across the country because of moto!
Who do you look up to in motocross?
Ryan Dungey and Chase Sexton. (Sexton was a local rider who lived near Mattson growing up)
Can I get a Red Buuuuuud? I also like Lake Elsinore
What’s your favorite non mx activity?
BMX, Ski, Skate, Scooter
What do you feel motivates you to win?
I have an inner drive that pushes me to be the best at anything I do. Motocross is super challenging both physically and mentally and I want to conquer the challenge.
Future goals for career
Earn a factory ride
How many years have you made it to Lorettas? What can we expect from you for 2018? Trying for the Ranch again?
I’ve made it to Loretta’s the last three years. My best finish was in 2015 with a 5th overall in 65 class. I’ve been working to better that overall since. I am really happy with where I am right now as far as riding, training, and my overall approach to competition. I’m excited to get back to Loretta’s this year in Mini Senior and Supermini.
Tell us about your experience at the Motoplaygrond Race?
Ponca is a great event!! The environment there is super cool. The track workers did a great job. The pit bike racing was insane!!! My favorite part of the event was off the track at the AMBUCS race. I was able to witness and be part of the unbelievable world records set all night. Summed up perfectly by one participant’s victory speech “I love my mom, I love my dad, I love my life---Yaaah!!” AMBUCS is an awesome organization I would have never been exposed to if not for Ponca. Check them out at ambucs.org In fact, I had such a great time we are planning to go back to Ponca for the MotoPlayground race in 2018.
Goals for 2018?
Continue to progress in my riding and put it all together for some titles
Training at all? Gym? Riding?:
I’m used to taking a few months off being from the Midwest…. This probably sounds crazy but since I can now ride year round, I have to learn to pace myself so I can keep up the intensity while training. I’ve been working out with the Grindstone Compound in Murrieta pretty consistently now and while there able to hit lots of SoCal tracks. While there we work on riding, cardio, diet and overall fitness. I’ve also wrestled and run cross country with school to maintain endurance and strength
Sponsors? Who would you like to thank for helping you over the years?
I’ve been fortunate to have awesome support. First I have to thank my family for supporting me by driving all over the country, wrenching on the bikes, driving all night to make it back to work / school on time. They do their best to give me opportunities to chase my dream. Billy at Powerband Racing has been with us from the beginning and continues to provide the best suspension out there. Mark and John at Allegan Motorsports gave us our first opportunity to be on a team and taught us a lot about the industry. Sean, Shawn and Phil at Cobra Moto were great while we were on the National Elite Team. We are very excited to roll into 2018 with these great companies at our back: Acerbis, Asterisk, Bell, Ben Riddle, Cycle Gear, FMF, Grindstone Compound, Illusive, Maxima, Moose, Powerband Racing, Sandbox Kings, Scott, and Slaka Wear
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