MPG / DAILY BREAD / MARCH 17, 2017
Jazzmyn Canfield has come into the 2017 racing season with a newfound sense of confidence and it certainly showed in her riding at the eighth annual Daytona RCSX. Canfield put in some fantastic results throughout the weekend as she ran up front in every moto she contested -- taking a title in the Girls Sr. class and placing a close second in the Women’s Amateur class. The Florida native does all of her training at Sunshine State MX near the Florida/Georgia state line and has really found a new level this year after gaining a year of experience on the supermini and the 125. She’ll be gunning to mix it up in the top five of the Supermini classes heading into Freestone as well as the remainder of the year, hopefully getting back to the peak form that she’s shown earlier in her career which afforded her four Loretta’s championships. In addition to her collection of accolades at the Ranch, Canfield is also the youngest female to ever win a title down in Tennessee as she won the Girls (9-11) class at just nine years old. She’s heading into Freestone with loads of confidence that she accumulated throughout her successful week at Daytona International Speedway and is looking to be a contender in the Supermini class as well as the Women’s and Girl’s classes. We caught up with Jazzmyn to chat about how the weekend went down in her home state of Florida, training at Sunshine State MX, and what she’s expecting of herself heading into Freestone.
Daytona RCSX just wrapped up and you had a pretty awesome weekend. You won the main event in the Girls Sr. class and got second in the Women’s Amateur class, were you happy with how everything went down there?
Yeah, I was pretty happy. I rode really good and stayed consistent. I had battles all weekend long with Jordan (Jarvis), she’s a really good rider and I dunno...we always seem to find each other on the track.
In the Women’s Amateur class when you won, you got by her early and she was on you for the rest of the race. Did you know she was that close to you?
Yeah, I was aware. I just kinda took it one corner at a time and I was being safe with it -- making sure that, y’know, I could take home the number one plate.
Is the RCSX kind of a special race for you considering it’s in your home state not that far from where you grew up? You probably get to have a lot of family and friends come out and all that.
Yeah, it’s really cool. I used to live like fifteen minutes away, but now I live about three hours away at a training facility in Jasper, Florida called Sunshine State MX. I dunno, just going to Daytona every year is really cool. We always train really hard for it and we know how to prep for it at Sunshine State MX. All my friends and family make it out to Daytona every year; it’s kind of like a family meeting and they get to see me ride, so it’s pretty cool.
What do you do differently in preparation for Daytona compared to any other race?
We try to train on tight, rough stuff as much as possible and just be mentally prepared.
How tricky were the conditions of the track on Sunday after all that rain and the delays and everything?
Yeah, they were really crazy. It just got super rough, slick, and muddy. The jumps had like slick, deep ruts. It was crazy, you just had to survive I guess. Luckily enough I live in Florida and it rains a lot, so I get to practice that.
Did you get a chance to hang out on Saturday, relax a little bit, and watch the SX?
Yeah, it was really cool. I hung out with the Trader’s boys -- Luke (Renzland) and unfortunately Nick (Gaines) was not racing, but I got to see Luke race. It was really cool to see him come off after practice and talk about everything that they talk about and get everything dialed in for the race. It was a really cool experience, I learned a lot. I can’t wait to be a pro!
Did you spend anytime hanging around before or afterwards to soak up any of the bike week festivities?
Unfortunately, no. I did take a scooter out on the main road and get Starbucks though, haha!
So, what’s the facility like down at Sunshine State MX?
It’s just a really beautiful place, the track is always prepped nice. The trainer, Martin Canfield, also my Dad, tries to prep it exactly how the races are. He just really gets us mentally prepared for all the races and everything we have going on. The whole program this year is coming together and it’s starting off pretty great with Daytona and going into Freestone. I’m feeling really good. It’s really a mental game honestly -- you can be really fit and you can be really fast, but if your head’s messed up you’re not goin’ nowhere.
What’s a typical day in the life like for you with training and home schooling and all that?
Yeah, I usually wake up around like 7:00 - 7:30, make breakfast, go to the gym, stretch, and do a little routine. Then we warm up before we ride, go out and ride, lunch at twelve and I do my school work, and then go back on the track and finish up the day around 3:00. Then we go right into the gym, then bike work, and then go to sleep! Really busy!
On the rare occasion when you do get some downtime, what do you do to relax?
I usually go to Miami or Ft. Lauderdale, that’s where my Aunt lives, and I just beach it up as much as possible.
When you’re on the road traveling to a race, what’s your gas station snack of choice?
My gas station’s snacks probably like a protein shake and some nuts or something like that, I don’t really know....something as healthy as possible.
What’s your diet like on race day?
My diet on race day is normally eggs for breakfast, zucchini and beef for lunch, and just as many as fruits and vegetables as I can get throughout the day.
Looking back on the 2016 season, is there any race that sort of stuck out to you as the highlight of the year?
I dunno, last year was not the best for me but it was definitely a learning experience with my whole setup. This year my whole setup is way better. I recently switched to PR2 suspension and motors and they’ve been really great to me, and they’re holding up amazing. I’m soo happy with my setup right now, I couldn’t be any happier. I’m definitely a lot more dialed in on the bigger bike this year, last year was crazy!
You’ve done quite a few races in the various boys classes at regionals and some other events, how important is that to your development as a racer and your competitiveness in the girls classes?
Yeah, racing boys is definitely my goal. I race girls classes, because I’m a girl but I’m really focused on being up front in the men’s. Unfortunately, we signed up too late at Daytona so I wasn’t able to ride Supermini 1 or Supermini 2. At Freestone, I’ll be in either Supermini 1 or Supermin 2, I haven’t made up my mind yet. But, you’ll definitely see me battling with the boys up front. It definitely helps me a lot. I mean, the girls don’t really push you around and stuff and it definitely helps me to be able to ride up front with the boys and get the aggression and intensity that they have. Umm, when I grow up I’m not gonna be a women’s pro, I wanna make it in the men’s, so I have to do what they’re doing now.
So, Freestone is next for you?
Yeah, I’m not doing Oak Hill. I think next year I’m gonna hit up -- all of ‘em.
You’ve gotta be happy with where your speed is at heading to Texas, what classes are you gonna be racing there and what sort of expectations do you have for yourself?
At Freestone, I’m racing Women’s (14+), Girls (12-16), maybe the Schoolgirl class, and Supermini 1 or 2. I expect to be top five in the Supermini class and then winning both of the girl’s classes. If I accomplish all of that, I’mma be real happy -- I’ll be haaappyy camper, haha!
Who would you like to thank for helping you out?
Yamaha, Triangle Cycles, PR2, FMF, Ethika, Sunshine State MX, Slaka Wear, Dunlop, Nihilo, MGX Graphixs, Bell Helmets, Lucas Oil, Pro Taper, Scott Goggles, Fly Racing, Alpinestars
/ Words /Images / Lake Kilpatrick
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