Many can’t imagine the courage it must take, to leave your native area, and seek foreign lands, all in hopes of capturing a dream that’s lured you for numerous years. Myles Gilmore has sought every tool to prepare himself for his transition into professional stardom one day, and it’s forced him to leave the homeland of Australia; residing currently in the small town of Cairo, Georgia. Looking to follow his predecessor’s such as Chad Reed and Michael Byrne, the ferociousness of Gilmore is apparent when viewing his style from the fences. Attacking each track with dyer intent, Myles leaves one hundred percent effort on the track, attracting the eyes of all; including ours. In conclusion, we were fortunate enough to sit down with the young man, hearing what he has to say about his career to this point, and what’s in store for the future.
How did you get involved in motocross, Myles?
I’ve been racing since I was 4 years old. My older brother, Brady, had started and I couldn’t wait until I was 4 so I could get out there with him. My mum says I would chuck tantrums when I was still 3 because I wasn’t allowed to race. She says I used to throw things out of the moto trailer because I wasn’t allowed on the track.
How’s the motocross scene in your area of Australia?
I am from Western Australia. We are a long way from the main scene on the east coast, however, we have some great tracks and my age group is pretty competitive so I think we have pushed each other to be better. We also ride a lot of deep sand tracks. This is fun but it has made my technique different to USA riders.
When choosing a place to stay in the United States, why MTF?
We chose MTF because it is known as being the best training facility in the world. We also had some friends that had been here before and they had all told us how great it was. We are so glad we came here because the training has been sensational and I have improved so much. My technique is still my own but Colleen is trying hard to mold me into a better rider.
To begin the year, you competed in the Spring Classic at Mill Creek, coming away with solid results; were you pleased with your performance there?
Yes it was a great way to start out stay in the USA, however I was quite disappointed with my third motos in each class. I really was hoping to do better but my starts let me down. I think I have improved a lot since then so I guess it is not that important now though.
For your first regional of the year, you chose Underground; how difficult was the event for you? Do you enjoy the three moto format?
Yes three motos are what I am used to and it makes sense to me. We went to Underground instead of Gatorback because my brother Brady had been badly hurt at Freestone and had not qualified for the South East region; so he was able to do that regional. He had qualified for Underground so Mum and Dad decided that would be the best place to go. The competition was pretty hot there and we had some bike problems also, but I still managed to come away with 1 ticket.
From there, you went north to Chillitown; you rode extremely well, getting a win, and another top 5. How does it feel to be going to Loretta’s in multiple classes?
Getting the win at Chillitown did my confidence a lot of good. I had a really good weekend there. Our goal at the start of the year was to get two tickets to Loretta’s and we managed to achieve that.
What type of off the bike training will you being doing to get prepared for the ranch?
Here at MTF our gym trainer Tony spent a long time in the Navy. He has me pretty well conditioned and is very good at getting our strength and cardio up to scratch.
What are you most excited about when thinking of the prestigious race? Getting the bib? Holeshot Award? Saying you're one of the best?
Getting the bib is really what its all about, what happens during the week will happen, but I have already ticked a lot of boxes by getting there.
What are your goals for Loretta’s this year?
My goal is to break in to the top five but I know that this will be really hard. My age group is one of the most competitive in history. I have been warned that Loretta’s is really tough and I am prepared for that, so we will see what happens, but it really doesn’t matter too much as I have already achieved my dream.
Who all is in your riding crew at MTF?
I ride with some fantastic riders here and have some great friends. Riders like Gage Linville, Mathew Leblanc, Brady Gilmore, Chase Prince, Dakota Aldredge, Lewis and Tommy Callow, Will Campbell and Brandon Shaw.
What other nationals do you plan to race for the rest of the year?
We have to go home straight after Lorettas because of our visa, then the Australian titles are on so I hope to make it to Victoria for that. After that we are hoping to come back for Mini O’s.
Do you like to do anything besides ride motorcycles? Any other hobbies?
I love swimming in the Pond at MTF, I like playing golf with my Dad and riding my scooter when there’s a skate park around. Also pit bikes are the best fun at MTF.
Any sponsor’s you’d like to thank?
My Mum and Dad are my biggest supporters and their business in Australia called Sports Power. Also, Unit Clothing has been a great supporter of ours, but I don’t really have any other industry sponsors; so if anyone’s interested we’d love to hear from them.
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