While many children across the country are satisfied with aimlessly wandering within the grasses of the outfield, there are ever so few whom are searching for more, even in the earliest stages of juvenescence. Ryder DeMott wasn’t content with the idea of many mainstream sports, which led him to thought of competing on two wheels. The notion of pushing the limits of both speed and flight were ever apparent in his mind, from the moment his eyes awoke each day. With every passing second, he yearns to be aboard his machine; luckily we were able to catch him during a mid-moto break, discussing his background and what he has planned for the future.
Was motocross your first love Ryder? Or have you tried other sports as well?
Yes I love motocross. My first race was last year, May 16th, 2016. I tried soccer when I was 4. I would get bored and go sit down.
Who was it that influenced you to ride?
If you had to choose your best attribute on the motorcycle, what would it be? Starts? Corners? Jumping?
I like all of them, but jumping is my favorite.
You seem to really venture into Arenacross racing. Do you enjoy competing on the tight, technical tracks compared to the outdoors?
Arenacross is my favorite because there is no mud. That’s where I met my buddy Mikah Carpenter. I like the tighter tracks in the big stadiums.
Following your area qualifiers, were you confident you could secure a bid at MC Motopark?
I tried at 3 Regionals and got faster each week. MC Motopark is where I rode my best and got my 2 tickets. I almost had my ticket in 50 Junior but made a few mistakes that cost me. MC Motopark was my turning point on figuring everything out.
Once receiving the ticket, how did you prepare for the grueling week-long championship? Long moto’s? Sprints?
Throughout the weeks leading up to Loretta’s, I would go to training twice a week with my trainer Steven Squire with SSR. Two weeks before Loretta’s we had a weeklong boot camp where we did conditioning and tons of riding. We did 3 20-minute moto’s and a lot of section drills everyday. I stayed in the RV all week with my Mom at Parson’s Motocross Compound.
What was the coolest part about the whole Loretta’s process? Receiving the bib? Saying you were one of the best?
One of my favorite parts was swimming in the creek with my friends. I enjoyed going on stage with all the other Cobra riders that made it. I got to hang out with my friends and cheer for some of my older faster friends during their race. I still have my bib hanging in my race trailer. It is really cool to say I was one of the best out there.
Can you recap the event for us? How was your riding on the track?
I crashed a few times in my first moto, got a really good start in the second moto, and held top 10 for a couple laps then I crashed again. The final race was where the rain made me a little nervous. I grew a lot between regionals and Loretta’s and felt really big on my Cobra P3. Can’t wait to get ready for next year.
You then went the Baja Brawl, and secured a solid top-ten; was the sand track beyond rough?
Baja was the roughest track I’ve seen so far. During my first moto I crashed a lot. I had a ton of sand in my pants! It took me until my second moto’s to figure out how to keep it on 2 wheels. The moto that I felt the best was my 3rd moto in 50 Open where I finished 18th out of 41 riders. My two top ten finishes in Limited and Special Limited were the highlight of my weekend.
What other races do you plan on attending for the rest of 2017?
I am getting ready for Ponca right now; I’m going to all the GLMX races so I can to keep my points lead in 50 Jr. And I will also be going to Mini O’s as well.
Are we moving up to the bigger 50 full-time for 2018?
Yes, I will be moving to the senior class. The Tuesday after Loretta’s I started riding my FWE. This past week I got my 2018 FWE for next year from Brandon at B’s Moto Lab. Once I got comfortable on the bigger bike I’m going to start riding a 65.
Besides racing motocross, what else do you enjoy doing for fun?
Fishing, staying with my grandparents, golfing, playing with friends and watching Netflix.
Any sponsor’s you’d like to thank?
Mom and Dad, Steven Squire with SSR, Brandon with B’s Moto Lab, Tom at Morgan County Motorsports, Aaron with YSD and my newest sponsor Seven MX.
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