Throughout the history of motocross, there have been a number of brother’s, who take the scene by storm, and create a significant remembrance for their last name. Alessi’s, Stewart’s, Martin’s; the list can continue to go on. However, there’s a new tandem bridging over great lengths in order to make their dreams come true. The elder of the pairing you ask? None other than Brady Gilmore. A rider whose speed is amassing more and more every time he sits aboard the motorcycle, and aspires to reach the pinnacle of the sport. With a great sense of family backing, and solid team around, he has all the tools necessary to garner impressive results. We were fortunate enough to have a few minutes with the courageous character, and what we’d found is written below.
Coming from a family of racers, what drew your interest to motorcycle riding of all things? Was it the speed? Flying through the air?
From my earliest memories, my dad was always racing bikes. He was always into motorcycles and it just developed from there. I got a PW 50 on my 4th Birthday, a year or so later we went to the track and then I was hooked. I really love the speed of riding, it is so addictive.
Can you remember back to your first race? How did that go for you?
It’s really hard to remember my very first race, but I certainly remember bits and pieces from my first few events. I rode a second hand KTM 50 and I remember getting lapped a bit early on, but then something clicked and I started winning.
With your brother possessing serious speed on the motorcycle as well, do you all push each other during practice? Has he made you a better rider?
My brother Myles has really stepped it up since we’ve been in the states. He has definitely given me motivation to go faster. They say the first person you have to beat is your teammate, but it’s even truer when it’s your little brother. We have really pushed each other lately and both of us have found some new speed.
MC Motopark went spectacular for you; were you enjoying the track? Tell us about your weekend.
I really loved the track there, it was one of the best tracks I’ve been too. I had good speed all weekend once dad pointed out a few areas I was struggling in during practice and then it just went from there. I finished second in Supermini 2 and third in Supermini 1. The title came down to the wire between me and Tj Uselman in Supermini 2, and I led most of the last race, but just could not quite hold him off for the last lap. It was definitely a great weekend though and something I’ll remember for a long time.
If you had to choose one piece of the track, in which you excel, what would it be? Starts? Rollers? Ruts?
I think starts are a strong point and are getting better all the time, hopefully they peak when I get to the ranch lol. My dad has built me a really fast KTM Supermini race bike and he has kept me from riding it all year, so we have a really good fresh bike ready to go, I cant wait to get on and rip that thing.
Following Loretta’s, what are your plans for the rest of 2017?
Due to visas we have to go straight home after Loretta’s, and then we hope to do the Aussie titles in Victoria at the start of October. After that we plan to come back to MTF and compete at the Mini O’s.
Are we moving up to the big bike for 2018? Or are we staying another year in Supermini?
In all honesty, I can’t wait to get on the 125. I’m feeling a bit big for the Supermini now and I find the 125 a lot easier to ride fast. I know this year has done me good on the Supermini, as my riding has improved a lot. If I was still in Australia I would not have had this extra year on the mini bike as we don’t have a Supermini class at home, so its been a blessing to be able to race it
Looking ahead, do you plan on trying both professional Supercross, and motocross? Which style of racing do you prefer more?
Like all riders, I want to do both, but I think that Supercross will suit my style. I haven’t raced any Supercross yet, but am looking forward to cutting my teeth soon.
Off the bike, how do you get away from the stress of racing?
Since arriving in the states I have really enjoyed fishing as its really relaxing and good fun. Bass fishing is not something we have in Australia and where I am from it’s a 4 hour drive to the nearest ocean, so fishing is something new and fun.
Any sponsor’s you’d like to thank?
Id really like to thank My mum and Dad. They have sacrificed a lot for me and my brother to come here, and for that I am very grateful. Mum and dad own a sporting goods store at home called Sports Power that business is our main supporter.
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