The new kid on the block; the rider that’s strolling through the pits, both bike and gear looking as polished as can be. His presence is felt immediately, when he rolls into the staging area. The fellow competitors in his class, all glance to their left and right, eagerly searching for his location behind the starting gate. We all know that guy. Well, if you’ve had the chance to attend any amateur national this year, you most definitely have felt the aforementioned vibe when coming across Ryder Bloomquist. The young man has an aura of speed and style at such a young age, making it difficult to not stay glued to his riding when on the racetrack. We were captivated when seeing his performance at Loretta Lynn’s, and were anxiously awaiting a chance of discussion with him. His story is below….
What attracted you to motocross of all things Ryder? Did someone close to you ride?
Really it all started when my dad bought me a CRF50 for Christmas when I was 3 years old. My dad used to ride, and seeing all his trophies, I thought it looked fun and wanted my own.
If you had to choose one rider you look up to, who would it be and why?
Christopher Blackmer, a local rider, as he’s really fast and cool. He helps me out.
Being from Michigan, what’s your favorite local track to ride on?
Valley MX and Big Air MX.
Coming into your regional qualifiers this year, were you confident you could qualify for Loretta Lynn’s?
I was very confident I could do it, get good starts and hold on!
How excited were you, after your win at Chillitown?
Very excited; smiled the whole next week. It felt amazing, and it was fun being on the podium. It felt great do well against so many other fast kids.
How did you go about training at Loretta Lynn’s? Were you doing long moto’s on rough tracks? Any type of off the bike training?
Training in Michigan is almost impossible on a 50 because we only have small tracks, and don’t ride on the big tracks. They don’t let PW’s on them. I went to a few qualifiers and regionals to get some practice in on rough tracks, seeing what it would be like. Off the bike, my dad try’s to help me by not allowing much candy, and no pop (I like water anyways). I also ride my BMX bike often!
Describe to us your results and moto finishes at Loretta Lynn’s; you did such an awesome job!
Thanks. I won the first two moto’s and it was awesome! I had decent starts, made pasess, at one point I was 21 seconds out front. The third moto, I charged to second place and when down three times on the last lap, as my throttle cable came undone, making it stick wide open on me. This set me back to 7th crossing the finish. Maybe I tried a little too hard to win the last moto, but I like being on the podium.
How was the BAJA BRAWL?
The Baja Brawl was awesome... Man that track got ruff!
What are your plans for the rest of 2017?
I plan on going to a few big races like the MOTOPLAYGROUND RACE at Ponca. I also will start practicing on my KTM senior. There’s a few local series here in Michigan that will wrap up as well.
Looking ahead to 2018, are you planning on stepping up to the bigger 50?
Yes, I do.
Not only do you race motocross, you seem to be active in many other sports; what other sports do you participate in?
I really like soccer, basketball, BMX, and doing anything fun outside with my buddies.
Any sponsor’s you’d like to thank?
Big thanks to Babbitt’s online, Barr’s Competition, Bell Powersport, TLD, Sonic Tools, and my friends and family for all the support.
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