Warriors are fearless, strong and skilled in every aspect of their battle. They fight until the death or in this case until the checkered flag arises. Every major race Wyatt Thurman started and finished in 2017 he won the championship in the 4-6 50cc limited class; Oakhill, Freestone, Cal Classic, Loretta Lynn’s, Mini Major and MotoPlaygrounds Ponca Race. He was injured in the last major race of the year but hung out to cheer on his buddies and watched the races. I first took notice of Thurman in the Spring down at Freestone where I saw him sitting on a fence watching the Open Pro Sport start. I saw in him an earnest desire to win very early on in the season and followed him throughout the year until his last major win at Motoplaygroud’s Ponca Race. As I watched him on the podium at Ponca I saw a huge smile come across his face as Austin Forkner handed him a giant teddy bear and I knew I had to interview him on a clean sweep of his season and to see what 2018’s looking like for him. Here’s what he had to say.
Take us back to the Motoplayground race. Were you shocked to see Austin Forkner walk up on stage to give you that trophy? Yes, for sure. I was bummed when I saw he was injured shortly after that race.
Where in the world does that huge teddy bear from Ponca stay at home? He’s tucked in the top bed of my bunk bed.
What did it feel like to win at Loretta’s? I watched the Loretta Lynn’s YouTube videos from past years over and over. I dreamt about it, so when I won it was a dream come true. It was the best feeling I ever had. In my mind I didn’t picture anything other then myself on the podium. When I went out for practice and came back I told my dad, “Dad they changed the track its way easier this year” and he said, “No son your just ready to win this”
Where is the shield in your house? In my bedroom on the wall with my tickets, bibs and medals from my first year at Loretta’s when I got 4th along with my other AMA championship plates. My local and regional trophies I keep in my motorcycle shop with my bikes, so I can always remember all the places I’ve raced in the US.
What are your plans for the 2018 season? Race? Next event planned? I plan to do less local races and instead practice more. I’m going to need to really stay focused on my training since I’ll be the youngest in my class now that I’m moving up the 7-8. My next races will be for qualifying spots at the national events.
What do you to train for mx? Gym? Trainer? I got to school fulltime, so time is limited after the bus drops me off and I do homework. I try to ride 1 or 2 days during the week after school for an hour or so, then drop heaters on the weekend. I don’t have a “trainer” I just go out and practice stuff I see on YouTube or Instagram. My dad feels at my age I should just let my natural talent guide me till I need more direction. So right now, I’m just having fun and riding my way, which seems to be working out. I will be looking into working with someone other than my dad in the future when we cross paths with the right person. As for a gym, I just run up and down the stairs at my house about 20 times a day and be sure everything I do is in a full sprint.
How’s your arm healing from Mini Os? My arm is feeling good. Where I broke it was close to the end of the bones by my wrist, so the doctor says there is lots of blood to the bone there, so it will heal faster. I’m supposed to get my cast off 12/19, then wear a brace I can take on and off till end of the year.
What was your favorite race of 2017? My favorite race was Loretta’s because I get to fish and play with my friends for a week and take a break to race in between. That order will most likely change as I get older, but for now that’s just how I do it.
What was your favorite track from 2017? That’s a hard one because I really liked riding Freestone since they had all the fishing spots, but Ponca had the Motoplayground Sidewinder and World National Pit Bike Championships. For like jumps and stuff, it’s really all the same to me at all the tracks. They just put the turns and jumps in different places.
What’s your favorite trophy from 2017? That would be my Loretta’s Shield for sure!! I’m just still wondering how can I get the sword to go with it?
Do you have any pre-race rituals? I’m not sure if it’s a ritual, but I always wait till I’m lining up on the gate and have to go to the bathroom.
What motivates you to win? I just like to win. It makes me feel good to be told “good job, your great etc” and my friends like watching me send it. A lot of times I have to go to the bathroom so I’m trying to hurry because I don’t like peeing my pants.
What do you do for fun away from the track? I like to ride my bike or scooter and play with my dogs. Sometimes I go dig a hole to play my toy dirt bikes in. Mostly I like riding dirt bikes with my friends and hanging out around the track. I’m always needing something to do and being at the track pretty much keeps my busy body busy.
School accomplishments? I’m only in 2nd grade, so I guess my school accomplishments are still being above average academically even with all the traveling all over the US for moto.
Favorite pro rider? Ken Roczen
Mentor or anyone you look up to? I look up to both my mom and dad. They both try hard to teach me good values and to have goals.
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