T.J. Albright’s racing career thus far has been far more than satisfactory, with words such as superb being a better fit. Climbing his way through the amateur ranks, the New York native is looking to create a splash in the A class division’s, as his results that precede him prove he’s very fitting to do so. We had the chance to sit down and talk with T.J., getting some background information, and future plans, on the Yamaha rider.
How did you get involved in this sport?
My uncle raced back in the day so he got me into it!
How’d your first race go?
My first race oh boy, it didn't go to good! It was at Wilkes-Barre Arenacross, and I went around one turn, got to the finish line, and was scared to go up it! So I sat there crying, waiting for someone to come get me, and then I called it a night!
Any symbolism behind the number 116?
When I started racing I looked up to a local kid, Mike Lang. His number was 116, so I picked that for my first race and we just stuck with it!
You grew up racing BMX; do you feel that helped your style and transition into moto?
Yes, BMX has helped me in moto a lot. I’ve developed some strong legs over the years of BMX so that's good for moto. Whether it's deep rollers or big breaking bumps to wheelie over!
You’ve had some strong finishes in recent memory, including Loretta Lynn’s of last year; tell us about some of the best performances of your career.
Yes, Loretta's last year was good. I didn't have the moto finishes I wanted but the overall was nice! Oak Hill 2016 sticks out the most when I was able to win my first championship!
How has the jump been from the intermediate divisions, to the A classes?
A class dudes are gnarly! But a lot of the riders in there now have been in the class 2+ years. With this being my first year, I want to get good results but also learn as much as possible; and come out swinging next year!
How are you feeling coming into the regional event’s this year?
Feeling good. Bike is fast and I have good setting with suspension! The races are so short; it’s all going to come down to the start!
You seem to have solid skills on both Arenacross and Supercross tracks; are you excited to be performing inside the Stadium’s soon?
Yea I rode SX for the first time after Mini O’s, and I got the hang of it pretty quick. I think that comes from BMX also. Arenacross is something I wanted to do this past year, but it didn't happen. I'm really looking forward to it in 2018
What are your Goals/Plans for the rest of the year?
My plan is to do all the Loretta's stuff, and then maybe some Canadian nationals!
How do you feel GPF has helped evolve you into becoming the rider you are today?
Gpf has helped me a lot; when I first went there until now, is a big difference! Also Rob and Sherry Burkhart at RealDeal MX were a big part in my success the last two years. They thought me so much, so big thanks to them!
What’s your training regimen look like off the bike?
During April of 2016, I started training with Matt Lemione. And that was great, he taught me so much. I’ve just recently begun riding and gym training with Mitchell Harrison, along with his trainer Dylon Turner!
What do you to take your mind off of racing? Anything to get away from motocross for a bit?
Um to be honest, motocross is all I do really haha, I go fishing sometimes but mainly motocross.
Any sponsor’s you’d like to thank?
Yes, Tim and heather at TCD racing, Todd at TLR performance, Fly racing, 6d, Scott goggles, Sandboxkings, Lannace Cycle Shop, Vans, Rekluse Clutches, and my whole family!
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