Within the city limits of Menifee, California, lurks an up-and-coming competitor tackling each challenge that’s been placed in front of him with vigorous intent. A KTM pilot pushing mind, body, and machine to absurd boundaries, Hunter Yoder is truly an aerialist both on and off the bike, willing to break the mold whenever necessary to bridge new heights in his career. Looking to astound anyone who has the privilege of watching him perfect his craft, he’s eager to launch into the heart of 2017 with maximum effort. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Hunter, and seeing what he’s been up to so far this year.
At what age did you take interest in motorcycles?
I have always been into motorcycles. I used to carry a toy one around with me from the time I was about nine months old. I got my first moto bike at the age of two.
First Race Memories?
My first race memories were back in my younger days, racing my little Honda 50 at the old Starwest MX track.
How did you choose your race number? Any symbolism behind that?
It’s actually kind of funny. At the time, there was no symbolism behind the number 508, it was on the first bike that we bought, and I never changed it.
Moving up from the 65 in 2016, how has being a full-time 85 rider treated you so far?
So far it’s been good, I have enjoyed riding the KTM 85 SX.
How have you felt about your performances so far in 2017? Do you feel you are progressing with every race?
2017 has been a little rough starting out. I broke my thumb at the LLMX Area Qualifier up at DT1, so I was off the bike for a few weeks.
Venturing into the qualifier’s for Loretta’s, are you feeling strong heading into regional competition?
Coming out of the injury, I feel strong and have been able to get back up to race pace quickly.
What’s your training regimen look like off the bike? Cardio? Weights?
My training regimen has been great. I have been training at The W Training Facility with my trainer Kyle Kilmartin three days a week after school. On the other days, I go mountain biking or road biking with my dad or friends after school.
What’s your favorite type of terrain to ride on?
My favorite tracks are soft and rutted.
Living in California, and the plethora of tracks to ride, what’s your favorite local spot to ride on?
Outside of the ruts in my backyard when its raining, I feel like the chocolate cake at Chaney Ranch and the Deegan38 SX track are the top tracks I enjoy riding at.
What are your goals/plans for the rest of the year?
To make it to Loretta’s and get a top five; overall build my strength and cardio; and finish out my school year strong with a B average.
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