Throughout the cold, frigid tundra of the Michigan winter, many residents shy away from the climate outside; rather barricading themselves in the confinements of their heated homes. Very few choose to battle the elements, throwing the fear of frostbite to the wayside, and continue to work. Those select individuals grind everyday, rain, sleet, or shine, pushing themselves to the limit, ultimately attempting to reach the pinnacle of their craft. Among the most strenuous workers you ask? None other than the number 66 Husqvarna pilot of Cayden Switzer. Taking a break from his taxing schedule of fierce training, specific nutrition, and punctilious studying, he graciously allowed us to pick his brain a tad, detailing his scope of 2017 so far, and beyond. Here’s what he had to say.
What made you take interest in motocross?
My dad used to ride and I thought it would be fun to ride a dirt bike and hit big jumps. I did race snocross when I was 4, and my parents bought me a Honda 50 when I was 5.
What’s your best attribute on the bike? Corners? Stamina? Starts?
I have good endurance/stamina and I don't get tired because I never sit down and I'm active outdoors. I like the roller sections and after Loretta's I am feeling the most confident on my starts.
Out of all the tracks you’ve been to thus far in your career, which is your favorite, and why?
My favorite track is MC Moto Park because it's a fast track and some sections are tricky and you have to choose correct lines because it gets tough. Plus I love hitting the uphill triple. I wish the track was closer to my house.
Recapping on the season thus far, you rode very solid at your area qualifiers; did you feel confident coming in to your regionals?
I have had my ups and downs coming into regionals knowing starts are important, so going into this regional I worked really hard on starts and corner speed. I had bad luck this year at area qualifiers because of the dreadful weather, so I was not able to see my competition how I normally do.
You sure seemed as you were, winning and receiving two bids at the MC Motopark regional; how stoked were you following the weekend?
I knew I had a good chance to qualify but winning this regional was not something I thought I could do. It proved that all my hard work and dedication paid off. I was super pumped, almost speechless.
Was the track difficult with the amount of bumps and ruts it carried?
In the beginning it was soft and muddy from the rain but as the races started the track turned out well for me. There were parts that were difficult but tracks in Michigan get rutty so I'm used to that.
Where were you conducting your training, prior to Loretta Lynn’s?
I was training at Martin MX-131 Park in Martin, Michigan. It is my favorite track to ride on, you get good time out on the track and it gets rough. Plus the owner Paul does a great job at prepping the track.
Give us a recap of your week at the ranch; do you feel you rode to your potential, even with the tough competition?
I accomplished 2 of my goals...I pulled my first holeshot ever at the ranch and received the Bell Holeshot Award. I also finished 9th in one of my motos as well. I felt like I could have done better if I could have kept it on 2 wheels, but overall I am happy with my results since I race in some of the most stacked age groups.
Tell us what you think of the track at Baja.
It's gnarly and ruff.
What other nationals are you planning to hit in 2017?
I am planning on racing Ponca and Mini O's as of right now.
What’s in store for 2018? Any significant changes?
I may try to go to a training facility for the first time ever in the spring, but I am not sure yet. I plan on getting another new bike and another spot at the ranch.
Are there any professional riders you look up to? Do you copy their style as well?
I look up to Ryan Dungey because consistency is key and that is a great ability to have. He is a true role model on and off the track. I try to be the best on and off the track as well, especially in school. I am in advanced classes and I love the challenge.
What do you like to do off the bike? What are your interests other than motocross?
I started wrestling last year and it really helps me with conditioning for motocross. I also like to hang out with my friends and ride pit bikes. I may try football going in to high school next year.
Any sponsor’s you’d like to thank?
I would like to thank my mom and dad, Village Motorsports, Muskegon Manufacturing, Motorex, Troy Lee Designs, Dunlop, Vortex, 100 percent, Lynks Racing, Matrix Concepts, ODI, Engine Ice, Nihilo Tribe, Forty Five Designs, Julie Elko Photography, NP3 Suspension and Auto Spa.
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