There’s a young man causing quite the ruckus throughout the motocross industry as of late, a tactician by the name of Crockett Myers. A stealth-like assassin, with quiet and professional mannerisms off the bike, but once the helmet is on, he’s quick to steal victories and championships from whom ever necessary. We had the opportunity to sit down with our Southeastern comrade, picking his brain a bit, and seeing just what makes him tick.
At what age did you take interest in motorcycles? How old were you when you got your first bike?
I started riding a four-wheeler when I was two years old. Between the ages of 3 and 4 is when I began asking for a dirtbike. My dad then bought a Honda 50 for me and my brother to share when I was five.
First Race Memories?
Wow that’s hard. Seriously can’t remember back too far. I do remember being so excited for race nights at Durhamtown, that the moment we pulled into the parking lot, I would have to run to the bathroom. Not sure if it were nerves or excitement (maybe a combination of both). I love the way the butterflies on the gate make me feel, a mix of feeling both horrible and wonderful at the same time. I guess that’s why I always want to race.
How did you choose your race number? Any symbolism behind that?
My dad made me choose my first number, a choice of 1-9; I chose 8. And then my cousin Luke told me always ran his birthdate as his number, which mine is April, 11th, giving me number 411. I always think about changing it after Loretta’s but no other seems right. I am CTR #411; “Crockett the Rocket” was a nickname given to me by my Papa Myers; but before I started riding, my friends at Durhamtown shortened it to CTR.
You rode extremely well at the Mill Creek Championship. As a whole, how did that event go for you?
Mill Creek was our first race of the spring tour. I wasn’t sure this race would even be possible, after I severely sprained my pelvis during training three weeks prior. I was inches away from a complete hip dislocation. Dr. Donati said I needed 6 weeks of bed rest. However, I went back for a 2 week check, and he couldn’t believe how much I had tightened up and healed. He said I could race if I could tolerate the pain. It was rough, but I somehow came away with a second, second, and a fourth for my overall finishes.
In Daytona, you had to adapt to the Supercross style format and track layout. Was it hard to adjust? Do you prefer Supercross over the outdoor tracks?
Matt Walker had us compound kids dialed for SX. Plus, I was feeling a bit better. I got great starts, getting two Bell holeshot awards and finishing 2nd and 3rd overall. I love the RCSX because there is no home track advantage. Plus we get to watch the pros from VIP seating and it’s really nice having my Suzuki factory team there as well.
You had some solid finishes at the Freestone Spring Championship. How do you feel about your performance there?
Freestone is special to me because I was born in Texas. Most of my family lives there and they came to watch. I had some solid finishes, but was able to see some areas that needed improvement. At Freestone, we have a special photo shoot with our Dunlop Elite Team. This year’s team is awesome because we know each other well, and have a lot of fun hanging out. FMF also puts on a great little fishing tourney, and I love to fish!
While we’re in the midst of qualifier season, how did Echeconnee’s LLQ go for you? It looks as though you were on point all weekend.
Echeconnee is fifteen miles from my house. It’s awesome to go race and then be home for dinner. Best part about the qualifier was that I finally felt completely health again. Six moto wins felt really good!
With the Southeast Regional at Gatorback this year, are you looking forward to that event?
Gatorback is a familiar track and its good. To be honest, regionals are an intense event, and I will feel much better when I have tickets to Loretta’s in my hand.
Training at the MotoXCompound, how has that transition developed you as a rider?
MotoXCompound is my happy place. I trust and respect Matt Walker. He knows what makes me tick. He understands when to push me, and when to back off, to help me relax. Timmy Badour recently joined the family. Together Timmy and Matt are always working to keep things fresh. There’s always a group of fast kids to train with. I just love it there; when I’m happy, I’m fast.
What type of training do you prefer off the bike?
I’m learning how important off the bike training is for me. My Dad keeps things chaning so I never really get bored. He comes up with some crazy, Rocky Balboa type stuff like climbing a chain that hangs from a tree branch. We have an excellent fitness trainer at the compound that focuses on cardio and agility. My brother is my workout partner. He is older, and stronger, so it really pushes me.
What are your goals/plans for the rest of the year?
My goals for the rest of the year, that’s the easiest question so far; to win Loretta’s. I was second last year. Only one-way to go, and that’s up, so that would mean a championship at Loretta Lynn’s!
Any professional rider you try to study for technique? Your style is eye catching, and you seem to maneuver the bike very well.
Obviously I’m a Suzuki guy. I really like Justin Bogle’s riding style. Outside of team Suzuki, I like Christian Craig. I’m not sure if I really study riders, but I listen to my trainers and do my best to perfect the skills they teach me.
What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t racing or riding? Any other interests outside of motocross?
I really love to rip some lips (fishing). I fish as often as I can. I’m not sure if pitbike riding counts as a non-motocross activity? There’s a group of us that come out and ride on our property after training. I’m a pretty social kid. I’m happy just hanging out with friends.
Any sponsors you’d like to thank?
Jesus Christ is always first! Suzuki, MotoXCompound, Dunlop, MXtires, FMF, Answer, Bell, Ryno Power, Scott Goggles, Ethika, ODI, Alpinestar, Nihilo Concepts, Lvnik racing, ProX, Razor Image, Matrix Concepts, Nstyle Graphics, Wiseco Pistons, PIP, Factory Connection, EcStar, Mom, Dad, and all my family.
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