Athletes in all genres of sport have to deal with adversity. Roadblocks can create a cease in momentum, which can be a barricade of disaster, ending a career in no time. You can truly see someone’s inner being and desire when they are in the wake of misfortune. A perfect example of the willingness to fight, can be seen through the goggle lenses’ of Camron Mitchell; a young man who’s on the road to redemption. We had the chance to sit down with Cam, and see what’s been going on, and how he plans to bring popularity to his name this summer.
Was motocross your first love? Or were there any other sports you enjoyed before you found your niche?
Motocross was most definitely my first love. It was something we did as a family and I couldn't wait to ride anytime I could.
What’s your fondest memory from riding during the early years? First win? Injury? Funny story?
My fondest memory is when I was about 6 years old; I was riding my first bike which was a Suzuki jr. 50, and I fell over and burnt my leg pretty bad and didn't want to touch a dirtbike for about a year. Then my dad got me a KTM sr. 50 so I went back to it and we went from there.
What does the number 45 represent? Any story behind why that number was selected?
I think I remember how I picked that number, my idol was Ricky Carmichael growing up and I wanted to be #4 but not copy him, so I added a 5 to it and I've had it ever since.
You took a hiatus from racing a while ago; can you shed more light on that experience?
After Loretta's in 2014 I had a tough family matter go down and I had to step away from racing. I honestly never thought I'd have this opportunity again, and I never touched a dirtbike for about 2 1/2 years. The comeback has been really fun but it hasn't been an easy road. I've just been continuing to work hard and improve day in and day out, and I'm really stoked with my results thus far.
Early on in the spring, you ran the Spring Classic at Mill Creek coming away with solid results; how did you feel after the event?
The Millcreek Spring Classic was a great race for me, It was really my first big race back and I showed a little speed and consistency. Unfortunately I came down with the Flu and Bronchitis that week so it made it a little tough.
Taking the route a little further east, you then came away with a top ten at the RC Daytona Amateur SX; did you enjoy the SX-styled circuit?
Daytona went okay, there were a lot of fast guys and got in a pile up in one of my classes, but it felt good to mix it up a little and finish decent in one class. I enjoy that race for sure though.
How does it feel now that you’ve received multiple bids to Loretta’s? Were the regionals stressful for you?
I'm really stoked to be headed to Loretta's in both 125 classes this year. It's been a lot of hard work just to get to that point. The regionals were a little stressful due to not really racing that much, and I tore a few muscles in my back a week before so I couldn't ride much.
As everyone has their own regimen of training for the big national, how are you preparing yourself for Loretta’s this year?
Well I am currently living at MTF down here in Georgia so I will be preparing myself with their program.
When all is said and done for you this year at the ranch, what are you hoping to come away with?
This year at Loretta's my goal is to get good starts and stay consistent, I believe I have the speed to finish in the top 10 or better every moto. Never know how it will work out!
Are you planning on riding the B class after Loretta’s and into 2018?
My plan after Loretta's is to get a nagging shoulder injury repaired and go ahead and get 250's. Then I'll come back and race B into next year.
Do you have aspirations of turning professional? Are you going to try to juggle college or a skilled-trade as well?
I definitely want to race professionally, it all just depends what direction my career goes in. My mom really wants me to attend college so I will just have to see what the future brings.
You appear to be one heck of a fisherman, as well as being able to swing some iron on the golf course; are those two of your big interest off the bike? What’s the biggest fish you’ve caught?
Haha I really enjoy fishing and golf sometimes, I was actually really good at golf and won 5 tournaments last year. My biggest bass I've ever caught was almost 10 pounds.
Any sponsor’s you’d like to thank?
I'd like to thank my biggest supporters my Mom, Dad and Grandparents. Everyone at MTF, Alias mx, Kc designs, Vonzipper, EVS, Fuel clothing, Roost mx, FMF, Pr2 Suspension, Lynk's Racing, m4designco and everyone else that helps me out.
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