If you’re familiar with the sport of motocross, there’s a high probability that you’ve heard of the group branded the name “Michigan Mafia.” Michigan has been a constant profusion of motocross talent for the past few decades, and one of their youngest affiliates is that of Carson Fields, a certified threat for podiums on any given weekend.
Groomed from the get-go to be a force on two wheels, Carson aspires to make a name for himself, and then pass the torch, just as his predecessors have done for him. Mr. Fields spared us a few minutes of his day, providing us with a detailed scoop of his story; here’s what we found.
You started riding motorcycles at such a young age; were you ever on the bicycle? Or was it just straight to the dirtbike?
My dad got me a strider bike before I could walk. I never knew any thing other than two wheels. Started riding a 91 jr50 when I was three.
Do you still attend public school? What’s your favorite subject?
I do, I'm going into 3rd grade. I see the world in numbers so math is definitely my favorite.
You mention that you’re also a wrestler, which is awesome in it’s own right. How do you feel that keeps you in shape for motocross?
(Haha) Coach Jeremy has some crazy drills and he ensures we will sleep every night after practice! Wrestling is a total full body sport, and mainly focuses on core strength so that helps a lot on the bike.
Do you have any professional riders you look up to? Who’s your favorite and why?
Jeremy Martin because at Loretta’s in 14 during my second moto, my chain broke and I was pushing my bike off the track and he ran over, handing me a water and grabbed my bike. I thought that was cool. Austin Forkner I met at the Brawl, the year before he turned pro and he let me hang out with him and we watched some races. He signed my hat and gave me his goggles. So I look up to those guys big time! ET3 & RD5 as well.
All across Michigan and Ohio this year, you were placing well throughout the spring; were you confident that you could qualify for Loretta’s this year?
Yes, I thought I had the speed and I wanted it enough so I pushed myself to do better every race. It was always the goal. I just put my head down and have been working hard to be better everytime.
Regionals can provide some of the stiffest competition throughout the year; how excited were you to come away with a win at MC Motopark?
Going into MC Motopark I was looking for the top step after having a bummer ride at Chillitown with a 2-2-22 for tenth overall, I was a little frustrated and wanted to prove I belong up there.
The track at Loretta’s is grueling; you think you’ll be able handle to the large ruts and bumps? Do you practice that terrain often?
I usually do better when tracks are rough, everyone can go fast on a smooth track. My best finishes where at tracks that were gnarly. I don't get to ride smooth tracks very often so I think it should be good.
What kind of results are we shooting for at the ranch?
I've been working really hard by exercising and eating healthy. I know I have to be ready for what Loretta's has to bring. Top ten Is the goal, I really want to put it on the box though; I've been working really hard so that's my personal goal.
What other races are on the schedule for this year?
Baja Brawl and Mini o's. For sure and hopefully some more fun ones.
Is it full time 65cc for 2018?
Yeah, next year's all 65 and if I grow I get to start riding 85's too!
What do you like to do for fun, off the motorcycle?
I like to ride bicycles and play football with my friends.
Any sponsor’s you’d like to thank?
My family first. X-treme Mini Motorsports, Turbo Speed Tuning, Cobra Motorcycles, MGX Unlimited, Mika Metals, DT1, Fields&Associates, Hagar Racing, Pit Pro, and Championship Powersports.
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