Looking at the identity of Kole Medwid, you’re quick to find that he truly is a rider that prides himself in a professional manner. Whether it’s by being a role model to younger riders, or representing his sponsors to the fullest extent, every one of his endeavors is executed with one hundred percent integrity and effort. It’s translated into solid results across the national circuit, as he continues to climb and further his knowledge each time he’s aboard the motorcycle. Intrigued by his journey so far, he was kind enough to give us the low-down on his career, and what he plans to do in the months to come.
What was it about motocross that attracted you to this respective sport? The individuality? Speed? Adrenaline?
I feel like at an early age I’ve always had a passion for anything with two wheels. When I’m on the track it just seems like I have no worries, even with all the pressure that the sport puts on a person, that’s the one time I feel free. It gives me a chance to make my own decisions and challenge myself to push forward, even through the roughest conditions. To achieve your personal goals in this sport is hard when everyone out there has the same goal in mind.
How’s the scene in your native area of Missouri? Many good tracks?
As far as motocross goes, our area is kind of boring. The closest track we have is a Sandtrack, River Ridge by Norfork Arkansas. Colby Pickens the owner, does a great job keeping the track prepped and fun. The other track we go to is Sweeney‘s MX which is almost three hours away. Matt Sweeney, the owner, has a great layout with dirt that is probably the deepest I’ve ever been on.
Earlier in the spring, you accumulated many top 5’s at the James Stewart Freestone Spring Championship; were you reassured that your hard work was paying off?
Yes and no. Unfortunately the first lap of the first practice I ended up going down at the finish line jump because it was so slick. I hit my shoulder pretty hard and wasn’t able to continue practice. It took all day with Dr. Shawn trying to get my shoulder healed up enough to ride. I got back on and continued the week out with a lot of help from him before and after each moto. So to answer the question I was happy to see that my strength was there to carry me through the injury that I had and happy with the results because I wasn’t 100% .
You then dominated your regional at Millville; what was it that clicked for you that weekend in particular?
Wow man, yeah Millville. Spring Creek was a sick track, that place was one of the roughest but most fun tracks I think I’ve been on in my life! The elevation change and the way it’s laid out was a lot different than what I’ve ever been on. I was able to mesh well with the track thanks to my dad who had the bike on point. With holeshots in every moto but one and finishing first I couldn’t be any happier going into Loretta’s. A major confidence booster.
From that point on, what were doing to prepare yourself for the dude ranch?
I focused on the physical side of training. Eating healthy, staying hydrated and lots and lots of rowing. I changed things up by wake surfing and wake boarding on the weekends.
Upon arrival at Loretta’s, describe your emotions; nervous? Anxious?
Honestly I was scared to death. I think that’s when I realized what my mom and dad have told me about this sport. It’s a mental game and you have to be on your A game mentally or you’ll make mistakes. So I’m going to have to say “nervous”!
Once the week had concluded, how did you feel your results ended up? Were you satisfied?
I would say I wasn’t exactly satisfied with the week. The first four moto’s I ended up on the ground with in the second corner because the crowding through the hip jump. I did fight back however to go from close to last to Mid pack and better, so it wasn’t a total loss but I know I could’ve done better. At the end of the week, last race I finish fifth. With the fifth place I knew where I should’ve been the entire week. I had the ride for it as well but I think the pressure of knowing that everyone there is watching you kind of got to me. Wanting teams to see what I have accomplished in a short time was on my mind and I think it got the best of me.
Are you going to continue to run the C class for the rest of 2017?
Absolutely, the ones that I have in my corner said that I should finish out the year in this class before heading into next season. I definitely have some more to prove, not just to myself, but to those who are around me supporting me to show them what I can do! My focus is set on Mini O’s and I look forward to doing my best!
For 2018, what’s your plan of attack? What races, classes, etc.
Knowing what I know now after Loretta’s I’m definitely going to try to focus more on the mental aspect. The physical training I think I’m doing pretty good and will continue on with it but definitely going to get my mental game on point. As far as the classes go I think we’re waiting to decide on that after mini O’s.
You also love to pass your knowledge onto the younger generation of this game, providing riding schools on technique; how gratifying is it to help someone by teaching them?
God has blessed me with so much I wouldn’t know where to start. I have had the opportunity to ride at some awesome tracks and train with some well-known pros too. The ones we help out really want to learn and I’m just blessed that I can share some of the things I’ve learned with them. I love teaching the little guys. It’s the little things that make a big difference in their riding styles and the confidence you see when they are on the track. I love to watch them progress and see the smiles at the end of the day. To give back to this sport by helping others who may not be able to get training anywhere else is humbling. Whether we’re at a track racing or just out riding I’m always happy to help out when given the opportunity.
Do you have any other hobbies besides racing motocross? Anything you do to get away from the sport?
Have a mentioned my dad yet? So he got a boat this year, which allows us to wake surf and wakeboard. It’s taking up all the free time that I have. There’s nothing better than getting on the lake with some friends and family to see what we can come up with next. Good friends of his family and mine have shown us the way, and now we’re hooked!
Any sponsor’s you’d like to thank?
First sponsor I owe a lot to is God! Without Him I wouldn’t have any of this. When I accepted Jesus as my savior when I was 10 everything we did just started coming together. Mike and the entire Fly Racing group have been on our side for past three years. He seems to be our go to guy for anything that we need answers to. PR2 suspension and engines have been with us since my supermini days and they continue to give us their support. Tim over at Bell helmets, Scott Goggles, Decal works, Tamer Holeshot, Ryno power, DT1 filters, Pod Active/WPS, Dubya USA, Acerbis, Sidi moto USA, Mika metals, Russell Brothers heating and cooling in Dittmer, Mo, VP fuels, Ride Dunlop, Blucru Racing, Motorsport Inc and Elite Aire LLC and I couldn’t do this without the support from my grandparents, sisters and my mom and dad!
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