Prior to lining up for race day, there are many instances throughout the weeks and months ahead where attrition must be present. Through all of the ups and downs, in order to be a true champion, one must persevere through the peaks and valleys, in order to reach the summit of their careers. It’s the work unseen that shines when the lights are brightest, as a true spotlight can reflect off of the ripples of blood, sweat, and tears that amass in the pre-competition effort. One young man that’s a testament to the aforementioned scenario is that of Colin Marler, an Illinois native that espouses the idea of building a solid foundation everyday, both on and off the bike. Taking a break from his rigorous training effort, he sat down with us to chat, and we enjoyed what he had to say.
When did you know you wanted to race motorcycles? Were there other sports you had interest in before you found motocross?
I began riding a pw50 in my back yard at age 5, and was racing locally by the age of 6. Starting at a young age and progressing through the local races, money was tight through my family so I always dreamed and begged to go to Loretta’s. I finally got that shot when I was eleven years old. I ended up making it with a 4th and 6th overall, and although I had nerves, I was hooked.
In March, you rode very solid at the Mill Creek Spring Classic; how do you feel that event went for you?
At the Mill Creek National, I proved I could run with some big names but my Supermini was detonating all weekend and slowly losing compression; by the end of the week it was blown. But my dad always works hard, and ensures I have the equipment to be where I want to be.
Going through your area qualifiers, were you confident of your speed heading into the regional championships?
Yes, I’ve always held Loretta’s in the highest regard, and with my family working very hard in their careers, I put belief in my work throughout the year to make it through the regional process.
A few weeks ago, you went to MC Motopark; did you know you had the pace all weekend to get straight in?
Yes, with all of the work we had put in throughout the year, I felt very confident when I lined up behind the gate.
How does it feel now to say you are one of the top 40, in your class, throughout the entire country?
It feels great, I’m ready to solidify myself as a contender throughout my division. Although we had trouble in 2016 with bike setup, I’m ready to bounce back better than ever this year. I’ve proven in the past that I can be a heavy hitter, and I won’t stop until I’m on top.
What are you looking forward to most about the event at Loretta Lynn’s? Receiving the bib? Riding the track? Competing amongst the best?
I enjoy all of the process at Loretta Lynn’s, as it was such a dream of mine for years. But to beat the best, and then consider myself a threat, that’s what it’s all about.
What type of off the bike training will you being doing to get prepared for the ranch?
Although I’ve never been to a training facility prior to this, I’m finally getting an opportunity to work with Shannon Niday four weeks prior to Loretta’s in Texas. My mom and dad worked so hard to get me here, and I’m very thankful.
Are we shooting for any specific results at the ranch? Or just to have fun, and let the chips fall where they may?
I’m ready to build on my finishes from last year, and do the absolute best I can with the help from my family and all of my sponsors.
After Loretta’s, what are your plans for the rest of the season?
After outdoing my results from Loretta Lynn’s last year, I’m ready to win as many championships as I can in both local series and national events.
Off the motorcycle, what do you like to do for fun?
I’m always training, working hard on and off the bike, and studying diligently in a public school setting, keeping a B average or better.
Any sponsor’s you’d like to thank?
Big St Charles Motorsports, Top Secret Designs, Ride Organic Mx, Damon Gabbert, R and R Trailer Repair, Ruralube, Tagger Designs, Faction, Mom, Dad, Carlee, Katelyn, everyone that believes in me, and The Lord.
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