The state of Texas seems to breed many who have a true, warrior spirit; a willingness to fight, and leave it all on the line, in regards to the activity in which they partake.
It’s no different when hearing Collin Allen’s story, a young man whose relentlessness translates to all parts of his craft, as he’s prepared to outwork all of his competition, in order to obtain the goals he has in place. We were fortunate enough to catch up with Collin, and view how he’s been doing, along with hearing about his future plans.
How did you get involved with motocross racing?
I got my first dirt bike when I was 5, it was a Suzuki 50. My dad painted it blue to make me think it was a PW, and rode it in the back yard and it wasn’t soon after that I had Dad build me a couple jumps, within a couple weeks I learned I could race it locally and away we went with a new Honda 50. I remember lining up on the gate to practice starts with Brock Walker and even the big bikes. I wasn’t scared of them. I was addicted, I just couldn’t get enough. I saw no difference between my 50 and those big 250’s.
Tell us about your first race experience
It was fun. I crashed a lot and I didn’t complete all the laps! I was mad because I got beat by a girl. It was a cool experience and something for me to build on. My next few races were just focused on just not getting lapped and it got a little better. It’s funny to look at the pics looking back now.
What made you choose the number 35?
My Dad was an athlete growing up and played baseball, he was obsessed with Nolan Ryan, still is, the retired pitcher for the Texas Rangers. I have two older brothers who also played baseball. Growing up we all honored my dad by playing with his baseball number. My first year at Loretta’s this number was taken so I was given my 2nd choice of #35. I haven’t given that number up since.
You’ve been juggling riding both the 65, and 85cc machines; how hard is that to do? Which machine do you like more?
It’s not too hard, I enjoy riding both of them. It keeps me on the edge of my fitness routine that’s for sure always having to switch back and forth but everyone in my situation does it. Its probably harder for my dad than for me! HA HA HA I like my 65 more at the moment cause it’s fun to throw around. I also like the 85 because of the speed it brings to my racing. This is my last year on the 65, and I’m growing so I’m looking forward to banging it out on the 85 next year.
With numerous top tens at the Mill Creek Spring Classic, how do you feel that event went for you?
Pretty good but it didn’t go as planned cause I blew up two bikes and had to finish the event on my practice bike, but still finished as best I could and certainly didn’t give up. It was a fun track, and my first time there so the elevation changes were challenging and something I wasn’t used to. I’m looking forward to going back next year and overcoming the challenges I had there this year.
You had some strong showings against stiff competition for the James Stewart Spring Championship; were you pleased with how you rode there?
I was just coming off the Oakhill Spring National, where I earned 3 titles so I had good momentum going into the event. The JS7 is one of my favorites. I raced well there but still made some mistakes that cost me some better finishes in a couple moto’s, but that track is unforgiving and I couldn’t buy a start to save my life!
Did you enjoy the Junior Moto X event? Your results sure indicated a confident
Yes, I missed out on it last year, so I wasn’t going to let that happen again. I took full advantage of it this year. It was a blast. I’ve been working really hard on my starts and that was the name of the game there. The track was epic. I had such a fun time.
Your regional couldn’t have gone much better, as you qualified in all of your classes; were you satisfied after the big weekend?
Yes, it was an amazing Regional. I took advantage of everything I could. That’s one of my favorite Texas tracks. I have struggled with starts for a while so I spent some time working on them with Zak Mashburn and Kyle Regal. I went into that Regional with one thing in mind, winning, and that’s just what I did. I won 8 of my 12 races. Zane Merrett was my mechanic for the weekend, helping me to stay focused and keep my head down for what I needed to do. He was my lucky charm.
What are your goals coming into Loretta Lynn’s this year?
Top 3, NO DOUBT. I have a clear mind, a clear goal, a solid team of trainers behind me and they believe in me. I’d like to say I’m going for the win, but I’m honest with myself. I know it’s within my reach but I know it won’t be easy. I’m humble and hungry.
Where do you do the majority of your practicing throughout the year?
I started at The Compound MX, but switched over to Underground Training Facility with Zak Mashburn and Kyle Regal to put myself with faster riders and a Team Environment. It’s been good for me.
What’s your favorite obstacle on the track at Loretta’s?
The Ten Commandments. Or the Sand Sweeper.
Do you have a favorite professional rider?
Ryan Dungey. Cause he’s clean and smooth and I love his style.
What do you enjoy doing outside of motocross?
I like anything action sports related or anything that keeps me outside and active. I like to ride my custom built scooter, wakeboarding, snowboarding, going out on the boat, jumping on the trampoline, riding my road bike, just anything outside.
Any sponsor’s you’d like to thank?
Man I couldn’t do anything without my peep’s. God first and foremost! AXO, 6D, Leatt, Dunlop, 100%, Mika, Nihilo, EVS, GoPro, Roost, Vertex, Shock Sox, Enzo Suspensions, MotoSeat, Ogio, Infinity Flooring, Addiction Industries
It’s important for me to also say that everything I do with my riding is to honor my oldest brother, LCpl Colton Allen, who is presently serving overseas in the United States Marine Corps. I ride with a custom painted helmet that has the USMC emblem on it to honor him in all that he does until he comes back home. He is my TRUE mentor, not a famous dirt bike rider. His emblem is also on my graphics. He tries to video chat me when he can before the big races. He surprised me and came home before Mini O’s 2016 and showed up to support me! And I was on rails at that event. He called me just before my Regional and look how I did. He is the best part of me. #semperfi Now my other brother, the only one left at home is about to enlist. Maybe that’s the push I need to win Loretta’s finally!!!!!!!
DAILY BREAD BY / LOGAN MATTINGLY
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