For a young man in this sport, seeing an elder go through all of the trials and tribulations of competition can be mesmerizing. Looking at the accomplishments, trophy case, and numerous awards can be motivation in itself. Colton Trouille is a perfect example of this scenario, admiring the work of his family members, and looking to build on their prior performances. With a constant fire burning within, it’s only a matter of time before we see him on the sports biggest stage. Eager to hear from the Georgian, we were fortunate enough to discuss what’s been going on with the Lake Park native below.
So Colton, how did you become interested in motocross, of all things?
My brother raced motocross as an amateur and my dad kept a rack with all of his trophies in his workshop. When I was 5 years old, I told my dad that I wanted to race and win some trophies just as my brother had won. The following Christmas I got a Yamaha PW50. We spent the next year traveling to a variety of tracks on the weekend to race or practice for additional seat time. I was completely hooked after that.
Was there anyone close to you that you really admired on the racing scene?
I really admired Gage Linville who was one of the fastest mini bike riders in the nation at that time.
Any professional you aspire to be like?
Ryan Villopoto has always been my idol. I have always enjoyed watching him race supercross and motocross. He had the control, determination, and precision to be one of the most dominant Supercross riders ever.
Earlier this spring, you had a solid showing at the Daytona RC Amateur SX; was it cool to race on the same grounds as the professional series?
I completed Daytona with top 10 finishes in the 65cc 10-11 and 65cc 7-11 class. I was satisfied with those finishes. Daytona RC Amateur SX is one of my favorite races of the year. I have been going there for the past 5 years. Always enjoy watching the pro Supercross race and then having the opportunity to race on the same track.
Were you confident, prior to your regional that you could qualify for Loretta Lynn’s this year?
I had more confidence going into this regional because I had been training at MTF. I trained after school for approximately 6 weeks in preparation for the Gatorback regional. I rode 20-minute motos to improve endurance so that I could maintain consistent lap times during the entire race.
Recap the Gatorback qualifier for us; numerous podiums earned, how excited were you at the weekend’s conclusion?
I had been training at MTF a couple days a week after school in preparation for regionals. I felt as though I was ready as I could possibly be. In years past, I had
only qualified in one class so my main objective this year was to qualify in both 65cc classes. I finished 3rd in both 65cc classes and 2nd in the 85cc 9-11 class. I could not believe that I actually got a total of 3 tickets!! That weekend could not have been more perfect!
Coming into the ranch, where were you training? What type of routines were you doing, both on and off the bike to prepare? Sprints? Long moto’s? Cardio training?
I trained at MTF for approximately 6 weeks before Loretta’s. I spent most of that time completing motos, improving corner speed, and practicing starts. Rest and nutrition also played a vital role in my training program. I had to commit to lay off the ice cream and French fries until after Loretta’s.
How was Loretta’s for you this year? Provide us with a run-down of the week, and how you felt on the bike.
My goal was to finish in the top 10 but several mental mistakes kept me from
where I wanted to be. I happened to finish in the overall top 15 in the 65cc 7-11 class. I did train to the best of my ability several weeks before the race. I had a difficult time either getting good starts or maintaining consistent lap times. Overall, I had a great time riding my bike, playing in the creek with friends and spending time with family.
Looking ahead to 2018, are there any significant changes for your camp? New bikes? Classes?
I hope to get a new 2018 KTM 85cc for the upcoming season. I will also compete in
the 85cc 9-12 class.
Up to this point in your career, what’s been the biggest highlight so far?
The biggest highlight so far was winning the 2014 KTM Jr. SX Challenge in Dallas Texas in front of 54,000 fans inside the AT&T Stadium. I got the chance to spend the day in the life of a factory rider and compete against fellow riders my age. I enjoyed signing autographs and having the opportunity to meet professional riders such as Justin Barcia.
Other than motocross racing, what else do you like to do for fun? Involved in any other sports?
I enjoy riding scooters, jumping on trampolines, playing with fingerboards and wakeboarding. I spend a lot of time with family and friends. I attend traditional school where I play football and am a member of the Future Christian Athletes.
Any sponsor’s you’d like to thank?
I would like to thank my mom and dad for being my biggest supporters, 6D helmet, Dunlop tires, 100%, Protaper, MTF, Leatt, Powerband. 139 designs,Ryno Power.
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