MPG / DAILY BREAD / MARCH 13, 2017
Jeremy Ryan has definitely turned some heads across multiple major nationals throughout the last couple of years. The California native’s most recent success came at the first inaugural Motofest in Atlanta where he contested the Supermini Dominator class on Friday as well as the amateur day on Sunday. Ryan came away with a second in the Supermini 1 class on Sunday, but he really impressed in a stacked class on Friday night by landing on the podium with a third place finish. A major constituent of his training routine is riding in the hills and the riverbeds that populate the California countryside, consequently providing him loads of invaluable experience riding on rough and gnarly conditions. He put those skills on display at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch this past year when he fell on the first lap of a brutal mud moto, setting him almost thirty seconds behind the pack. Ryan managed to battle through the field all the way up to tenth place, clocking some of the fastest laps of the race along the way. He’s made some consistent progress since stepping up onto the supermini and has only continued to improve with each passing race, putting him in position for title contention throughout the upcoming season. We caught up with Jeremy to chat about how the weekend went at Motofest, riding out in the hills of California, and pushing his bike back from the riverbed.
You’re coming off of a pretty good weekend down at Motofest in Atlanta, how’d the weekend go for you what did you think of the event?
Yeah, it was pretty good. I think I coulda done a little better with a little better luck and better starts, but you can’t always get the greatest starts. I’m pretty happy with gettin’ third in the Supermini Dominator class on Friday night, but I still think I could’ve done a lot better. It was really cool being inside with all those fans and racing in the Georgia Dome. Maybe I’ll get to race in the new stadium in the future, that would be really cool.
You killed it in the Supermini class last year in AX and earned yourself a ticket to race the Monster Energy Cup. What was that whole experience like?
Yeah, that was cool but I didn’t actually get to race it ‘cause we didn’t have bike’s ready. I was able to ride practice, but I didn’t get to ride the race ‘cause our bikes weren’t very good, so me and my Dad just ended up watching the races. We were supposed to get a motor built for it, but we didn’t get it in time ‘cause they had a problem shipping it or something, so we went there with only half of a cylinder -- we didn’t really have anything else and we couldn’t make a good bike from that. We weren’t quite ready. As hard as I work, it wouldn’t be good to go out there and not get a good finish.
Loretta’s didn’t go quite the way you wanted it, but you showed some good speed and had one mud moto where you came all the way back from last to tenth.
Yeah, in the mud moto I crashed on the first lap and I got stuck behind this one kid. I was like thirty seconds behind last place and I caught all the way up to tenth -- I think I had the fastest lap time. If I woulda got a better start and not crashed, that would’ve helped. Whenever it rains, we go out to the hills and riverbeds, but it doesn’t rain too much so we don’t get that much practice. The rest of the week, I got like a fourth and a couple fifths. That’s about it, I had a lot of bad starts there, too.
Are starts something you’re working on a lot? That’s something that your Dad really excelled at back in his professional days.
Yeah, I was a little bigger on the 85 and I think I’ll be better on the supermini since it has a lot more power. We practice starts a lot, but the first couple years I was really bad in the whoops, so we dug like twenty whoops and I’ve gotten a lot better at those.
It seems like you really excel at the indoor stuff and it suits your style pretty well, do you kind of favor that a little more than outdoors?
Nah, I like both. It’s just that a lot of the outdoor tracks, I’ve usually got pretty bad starts and it’s hard to come from the back and work all the way up, like at JuniorMotoX I got a second place start and I got second, and same with Las Vegas.
Do you get a chance to practice SX a lot out there?
Yeah, well we don’t really get to practice SX tracks that much. All the factory kids get to practice on the Kawasaki, Honda, or whatever test track. We just go and race, we don’t get to see any other tracks or have any other advantages, ride press day or any of that -- we just go there and race.
You get to do a lot of riding out in Cali in the hills and riverbeds on some pretty beat up natural terrain tracks. How much does that help you at the big nationals like Loretta’s when you’re running twenty minute motos?
Yeah, I really love rough tracks -- the rougher the better. I think that the rough tracks are really fun. I know I can ride good anyway even if it’s not rough, but it definitely helps a little bit when it’s rougher ‘cause a lot of the kids can’t really go fast on the rough tracks.
Jett Reynolds is one of your friends off the track and you guys do quite a bit of riding together. What’s it like being able to practice with one of the top guys near your age all the time?
Yeah, it’s really good. I usually go down there for a week and stay there to practice with him. It’s good training ‘cause we push each other, battle with each other, and it’s really fun.
Mini-O’s went up and down for you. You showed some really good speed, won a heat race in SX, but experienced some bad luck. How’d everything go for you down at Gatorback?
I won my first heat race and then my second one I got about a tenth place start, and worked my way up to like fourth. In the first race, I think we burned the air box or something, so all the other motos there was something wrong. We used a pro circuit motor and it took a couple motos to get that going, ‘cause on the start it was poppin’. Yeah, it took a couple motos for that, so I mean at the end it was okay, but (at the beginning) we didn’t know what the bike was doing ‘cause I wasn’t really getting good starts.
Is it difficult to go back out after having mechanical problems like that and be fully focused on riding?
It’s a little hard ‘cause I always wanna do good at the nationals and try to get some support, but when your bikes breakin’ you can’t really do much. I went practicing today and my bike breaks -- that’s pretty much all it does and sometimes I don’t get to practice for a little while. I blew out the crank or somethin’ and we had to push it back from the riverbed, so it wasn’t too good. We did like a ten or twelve lap moto and then we were gonna do another one, but the bike broke, so to push it back from there was about a mile.
What’s your training and riding program like out in California?
On Monday’s I don’t ride, on Tuesday’s I go to school and it’s about a thirty minute bus ride there and then back, then after school we go riding on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and the weekend. That’s how my schedule is and then I usually do workouts on Wednesday -- I don’t really work out as much, but I ride a lot in the riverbeds and it works your whole body. I usually just do push ups, sit ups, and pull ups, and not a lot of weights.
What’re your goals/expectations heading into Freestone?
Really, I can probably try to win it. I think I have the ability to win.
Who would you like to thank?
Bubba’s Low Beds, Fox, Dunlop Tires, Eks Brand Goggles, CW Racing Engines, GP Sports, Mika Metals, 100% Concrete
/ Words / Lake Kilpatrick
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