MPG / DAILY BREAD / FEBRUARY 21, 2017
Savagery is defined as the quality of being fierce or cruel -- this is something that David Hollinrake tries to keep fresh in his mind every time he lines up on the gate. Everybody has their own pre-race routines and tendencies to put them in the right mindset to succeed and Hollinrake’s have obviously paid off. The New England native earned the support of the newly conceived BTO Sports Amateur team for the new year in congruence with his graduation to the A class. He showed his potential on multiple occasions throughout the 2016 racing season placing fourth in the ultra-competitive 250 B Limited class down at Loretta Lynn’s in only his second appearance at the Ranch. Hollinrake has put together his own training program for the 2017 season after parting ways with Club MX after Loretta’s -- living down in Florida, doing his own thing, and having fun while doing it. We caught up with David to chat about being a part of the BTO Sports Amateur team, his roots in the sport, and where he sees himself fitting in when the gate drops on the Spring Nationals.
You signed with the BTO Sports Amateur team for 2017, could you talk a little bit about working with those guys?
Yeah. I mean, it’s a pretty big opportunity; it was sick. I didn’t really have anything before them and they just came through and boosted my confidence and made me wanna try that much harder, and be that much better. My friends saw it on instagram -- they were lookin’ for resumes for people to send in -- so I was like ‘Alright, might as well try it, why not?’
How old were you when you got your first bike and when did you start riding?
I think I got my first dirt bike at like nine and I started racing within that year; I had a CRF 70 and I went to races on it. I just saw it on TV and I was like ‘Oh, that’s sick!’ My Dad went to Iraq and he promised me when he came back that he would get me a dirt bike and that’s pretty much where it went from there.
What’s your earliest memory of racing?
I think it was definitely 65s -- it was this New England regional championship thing and it was like a pretty big deal for me back in the day. I won a trophy for first place that was taller than me, haha!
So, you’re coming off your first qualifier of the year down at WW Moto Ranch, how’d the weekend go for you?
Yeah, this was my first A race this weekend, so I didn’t really come in expecting anything. I just came in and wanted to see where I’d be and I ended up doing decent. It wasn’t what I wanted to do, but I just went out there and did what I thought I could do. I mean, I could have done better but it didn’t end up that way, but I qualified anyways.
What was your first impression getting your feet wet in the A class?
Well, everybody’s on a fast bike. Everybody has the real deal bike. I like it better, because it doesn’t feel as sketchy. You kinda feel like everybody knows what they’re doing, I just feel safer.
You mentioned you’re down in Florida currently — I know you’ve trained at Club MX before, but what’s your program like right now and where are you training at?
Well, right now I just live in Florida -- I don’t live at any training facility, I just kinda do my own thing. That’s what I like. I like doing my own thing on my own time. I pretty much just ride public tracks, I’ll ride the same track two days a week and then go ride somewhere else, and I road bike three days a week.
What’s a typical training day for you?
I usually just wake up around 7:30am; I try to get like eight hours of sleep every night and then I’ll do like quick little stretches. My Dad will have my bike ready and I’ll go out and do two twenty minute motos with my Dad and a couple other kids that we ride with -- just work on sprints and stuff like that. After those twenty minute motos are over, I just go free ride and have fun for the rest of the day. You have to have fun, there’s no point if you don’t have fun. I feel like if you’re having fun, you’re gonna progress. If you make it like a job and you hate it, you’re not gonna progress at all.
Is there anything specifically that you’re focusing on heading into Spring Nats?
Ummm, really just getting top five. I’ve been trying to build a bike right now and we’re just getting everything settled with BTO, so we should be good goin’ into spring nationals. I just need to work on my fitness a little bit and we’ll be solid.
Looking back on the 2016 season, is there any particular race that sticks out to you as one of the best?
Probably Loretta’s -- the 250 B stock class I got a fourth in. I mean, I could have done better but I had a bad last moto, I had a bad start and everything so I kinda ruined that.
Could you talk a little bit about the week down there? Obviously the weather was one of the big stories of the week, but it didn’t seem to bother you too much.
I mean, I thought Loretta’s was sick...like the weather was perfect. It was raining, yeah, but everybody still has to ride it. Going into Loretta’s I didn’t ride for three weeks, I didn’t have any bikes. I went to Loretta’s fresh off not riding -- just showed up, rode practice, and went. Through the week it was sick; all my friends came from New England to watch me and cheer me on, stuff like that. My mod bike blew up in the second moto, first moto...I don’t even know which moto. The 250 stock class went pretty good -- just messed up the last moto, but overall it was a sick week.
I saw you gave a shout out to McAdoo on your instagram for sort of helping you out on the mental side of things at Loretta’s, could you talk a bit about that?
He’s just a super positive person and always likes to motivate you and wants you to do the best. He gave me a set of goggles and stuff like that, just ‘cause I didn’t have anymore, with tear offs on ‘em and everything like that. He went to the line a couple times when I was up there and gave me a little talk and stuff.
Did you get a chance to watch his SX debut this weekend?
Yeah, I watched the heat race and he was killin’ it. I didn’t wanna stay up too late, ‘cause I had to race the next day.
Do you have a pre moto routine back in the motorhome or in staging or anything?
Nah, I don’t do anything before I get to the gate, but at the gate I pretty much just pump myself up -- smack myself in the chest and tell myself I’m a savage, haha. I can’t stay still at all. I play with my goggles and everything, I’m just ready to go.
What sort of goals/expectations do you have for yourself heading into the 2017 racing season?
Ummm, I really wanna do top fives. I mean, I have the speed. This weekend I kinda saw where I was at, but I didn’t have the starts. I had no good starts, but if I work on my starts then I could see myself being top five.
Who would you like to thank for helping you out?
BTO Sports, 6D Helmets, Hinson, Seven MX, No-Toil, Matrix Concepts, 100%, Alpinestars, Torc 1, Ethika, FMF
/ Words / Lake Kilpatrick
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