A true hunter always yearns for more. An appetite that’s never satisfied, a thirst that’s never quenched, they seem to truly enjoy working through the process, rather than earning the actual prize. Hunter Calle represents this notion very well, as with every passing weekend, he looks to build on his previous result. No matter what challenge has been thrown his way, when he’s forced to face a new element, he elevates and rises well be on the occasion. We had the pleasure of hearing from Hunter hear recently, and below we recapped 2017 thus far, and his plans from here on out.
At what age did you first begin riding and competing?
I first started riding at 4 yrs. old on a Pw50, and began racing in 2011 on a Kx85.
Was this your first love? Or do you have interests in other sports as well?
When I first started racing it was just a fun weekend warrior type deal, but I was really competitive and I hated losing, so it was my first love!
As a native of Connecticut, how is it trying to ride during the winter months? Do you do any traveling to find seat time?
The last three years I've been training full time at a few training facilities, but before that I was riding 7 months out of the year.
When the first of January rolled around this year, what were your goals for 2017?
My goals were to be a title contender by Loretta's in the two 125 classes and it was starting out a great yea; however, then I broke my wrist at my 3rd area of the year.
The Loretta’s qualifying process is a difficult as they come; recap your regional process for us, and how excited you were when you found out you’d be racing at the ranch.
The regionals were a difficult process for me considering I had one week on a bike before the first regional, and I was beyond excited to be heading to the ranch!!!
Prior to heading to Tennessee, where were you doing your training?
I actually broke my foot my first week back at the G.O.A.T farm so I didn't get to train before LL'17!
Any nerves prior to the gate drop in Hurricane Mills? How were you able to overcome the adversity, and garner a solid finish by the end of the week?
I went into the week with no expectations except to just keep it on 2 wheels and that's exactly what I did; I gave it my all every moto to finish 15th overall on the week.
Heading into 2018, map out the road for us; what’s your plan of attack, and what do you want to accomplish?
As of right now, I will be riding for Driven Mx, I will be training with Ricky, and Jeannie down at the G.O.A.T farm, and I want to get a few titles by the end of 2018
In 5 years, where do you see yourself? Racing on the professional circuit? College?
The goal is to be racing the pro nationals but only time will tell!
Other than racing, what do you like to do for fun? Anything to relax?
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and always look forward to going to Ecuador for a few weeks to spend time with my dad’s family after Mini'Os.
Any sponsor’s you’d like to thank?
I would like to thank BJ'z cycle shop for helping me get to LL, as they were a big help in the program, I would also like to thank, Driven Mx for the huge opportunities for 2018, Brett over at SEVEN, My sister Tasha, my brothers Rick, and Kyle, my mom, and dad, and the Man above for keeping me safe!
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