Residing in the surroundings of Cleveland, Ohio, sits a young man by the name of Trevor Maley. Following a solid showing at Loretta Lynn’s last year, landing in the top 15 of the Mini Sr. Class, Maley and his camp decided to forgo his final few years of minibike eligibility, transitioning to the 125 and Schoolboy classes full time. A solid adjustment so far, Trevor looks to continue his climb to professionalism, and gain further attention to his name. We wanted to know more about his story, and see what his future had in store, in which you can find below.
Alright Trevor, how did you get involved with racing motorcycles? Are you an all-around motorsports fan, or was it something in particular that brought you to this game?
I would consider myself a second generation motocross racer, as my dad went to Loretta’s the first couple years it was ever held as an A rider. My dad also worked in the motorsports industry for KTM North America as I was growing up. He originally followed the GNCC series and typically, we would go to the races as a family bringing my mom with us too. At these races, I was lucky enough to hang out with some of the sports then current professional racers including Kurt Casseli, David Knight, Kaleb Russel and Taddy Blazusiak. As a matter of fact, I even remember Chasing David Knight around the pits with a box turtle because he was scared of it when I was 5 years old. Being with these riders made me realize that I wanted to be a professional dirt bike racer. My parents got me my first dirt bike for my 4th birthday and I’ve loved to ride ever since then.
Can you think back to your first moment on the motorcycle? Any significant memories from your early years?
I remember the first time I ever rode my PW50, I crashed into the bushes at my house. My first race was at Malvern Mx. This is when I really started to love the sport. After that race I would always want to ride whenever I could.
Any symbolism behind the number 77?
I’ve grown up living right off of Highway 77 in Ohio. I would say this has to do with me choosing the number 77 because every time we would get in the car to go pretty much anywhere I would see the number 77 on the road signs. When my parents asked what number I wanted on my first bike I said 77 just because after seeing it over and over I think I just began to like that number. Ironically my last 2 numbers on my AMA card are 77.
You cracked the top 15 last year at the ranch; were you pleased with your performance in Tennessee for 2016?
I did crack the top 15 at the ranch last year but I was not super pleased with that finish. I had trained my hardest to prepare for this race but when I got down there and started racing I wasn’t able to keep my moto’s together. I made many mental mistakes that kept me out of the top 10 in 2016. Although, I do now feel very prepared for the national this year after training for the past year or so with former professional mx/sx racer Chris Whitcraft. He has really helped me get my mental focus and form on the bike together, and I think that will really help me out at the ranch this year.
How has the transition been moving up to big bikes full-time?
Transitioning to big bikes has gone great. We waited till I was big enough and mature enough to handle a 125 and when it was time to ride one I was ready. I trained on one all winter with Chris who really helped me get adjusted to the bigger bike. Current professional mx/sx racer Levi Kilbarger has also trained with Chris and I at his tracks. Having somewhere to ride with small groups at Levi’s tracks has been a huge help. I was off the bike for a couple months in early spring with an injury but I got back on the bike with enough time to recover for some later qualifiers and regionals and things have gone great since then.
What all of the larger machines do you compete on? Have you dabbled onto a 250f, 250 2-stroke, or 450?
The only big bike that I have been riding is a 125. I feel that it is important that I let myself reach my full potential on a 125 before I start riding 250f’s. The last thing I would want to do is hurt myself riding a bike I’m not yet ready for.
You recently received a ticket for LL’s 2017; how stoked were you after the regional at ChilliTown?
After my Regional at Chillitown I was very happy. With it being my first year on big bikes and me being the young one in the class, I wasn’t sure how this year and regionals would go. I got my ticket in schoolboy 1 and fell just one position short in 125 b/c 12-16 due to crashing in the first turn my last moto.
What are you going to be working on prior to the gate drop at the ranch?
Prior to the gate drop at the Ranch, I am going to be training with my coaches. Primarily we will work on long motos and keeping consistent lap times throughout them while also having good form. I am also working with a couple of trainers at a local gym called 4.40 Performance who are really helping me out with my strength and endurance. Aside from that I am also training with the Cross Country team.
Do you have a favorite obstacle on the grueling track there? Least favorite?
My favorite part about the track at LL is the ten commandments. I like this section just because it’s the one section on the track that you can really change up and get a nice rhythm through. My least favorite part of the track depends on how the ruts and bumps form and how they prep the track.
Is it going to be full-time B class in 2018?
I do not plan on running full time B class next year. I am still one of the youngest on 125’s and I’m going to take next year as a year to be dominate on the bike and to continue to mature before I get on an even bigger bike.
It appears as though you run track, outside of doing motocross; what all sports do you play and enjoy, besides this genre of athleticism?
I do run Track and Cross Country for my school. These two sports have been really good for me. This past season I was second in the state as a cross country runner and that’s when I really started to enjoy the sport, it made me realize that your hard work will pay off and that’s pretty much the basis of all three of my sports.
Any sponsor’s you’d like to thank?
Most importantly I’d like to thank my Mom and Dad for being my biggest supporters and making this possible. Also I’d like to thank Chris Whitcraft for training with me and really being there when I need him on race day as well as Levi Kilbarger. I’d also like to thank Eric Doty at On The Road photography for taking care of me with some great pictures and everyone else who helps me out Nihilo concepts, leatt, Accurate pest control, Cernics, Dunlop, Kames sports, Fly racing, Bell helmets, Sidi boots, 100% goggles, DP Brakes,and Straight Shot filters.
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