The amount of skill it takes to blister around a perilous track on the national circuit is a feat that many athletes in other genres of sport, simply can’t handle. Focus and precision to the nearest millisecond, coupled with lucrative leaps and speed, create a competitor that’s rampant with little fear, willing to take any chance for the thought of victory. Adler Caudle is a perfect example of the aforementioned; balanced and courageous enough to lunge for national titles, yet garnering the ability to remained composed and intellectual, scribing his way to A’s in the classroom. An applaud worthy combination, we were fortunate enough to get Adler away from his studies, to chat about his 2017 season, and what’s in store for the future.
So how did you get involved with riding motorcycles? Someone close to you influence your interest in this sport?
When I was little I went to races with my dad and I knew that I wanted to race as well.
What has been your biggest accomplishment, thus far in your career?
Winning the 65 open title at Mini O’s last year.
Growing up in Oklahoma, have you looked up to any local professional’s?
I have been riding at Reynard Training Complex for quite a few summers. So I have been lucky enough to ride with Robbie Reynard, Trey Canard, Jimmy Albertson, Justin Bogle, Colt Nichols, Benny Bloss and Austin Forkner a lot. Everyday I get to watch what it takes to be a professional in this sport.
To begin the year, you went to the Freestone championship, where you placed inside the top 5; how did you feel when leaving the event?
Terrible! I felt like I could have done a lot better. Actually, I have never really done well at that track. I like the track but the track doesn’t like me.
You then went to the Junior Moto X, garnering a top ten in one division; are you able to adapt very well to the indoor tracks? Or are you more of an outdoor rider?
I could not stay off the ground. I have never rode any indoor tracks really except for Moto X in 2016. In 2018, I am going to ride some Arenacross tracks and race some indoor races.
Coming into your regional at Underground, were you confident you could secure such solid finishes, and two bids to the ranch?
Yes, I was confident because I felt that I was going to Loretta’s to fight for a title. I just wanted to get good starts and be consistent. I wanted to ride smart and qualify. I didn’t care about winning really. I was focused on getting qualifying out of the way and getting to work for the ranch.
Prior to Loretta’s, where were you doing your training? And were you focusing on anything in particular, in order to prepare yourself? Stamina? Starts?
Prior to Loretta’s I did a lot of hopping around. I normally do most of my training at RTC. This summer I traveled around a bit. I would spend part of the week at RTC and then part of my week at RS66MX. Every other week I would spend a couple days at Underground MX with Zak Mashburn. I also did some riding at OMC with Gregg Albertson. I really enjoyed the summer because I was always riding with different people on different tracks with different conditions. It really made my summer fun even though I was working hard. Leading up to the regional I was working on my speed and starts. After the regional I worked on my stamina and starts.
Loretta Lynn’s was a tough outing for you, where you had some unfortunate trouble; would you mind to shed some light on the event, as far as your results go?
In the first moto of the open class I finished 3rd. My next moto was the limited class at 7:30 the next morning. I got a 2nd place start and slid out on the first lap before the 10 commandments trying to pass for the lead. By the time I got going again I was in last. I rode as hard as I could. At the end of the 2nd lap I was in 14th and passed a few more people before I got to the 10 commandments. The track was slick and I got wheel spin on the face of the first one and crashed. I broke my collarbone. Week over!
You took some time off, never missing a beat, and garnered three top ten’s, and a podium finish at the Ponca City national; was the event enjoyable for you?
The event was enjoyable. I love that race. Probably my favorite race, but I was just really inconsistent. It was my first race back, and I think I was pushing hard and had some silly crashes.
What are your plans for the rest of 2017, and into 2018?
I plan on doing Mini O’s and then getting on an 85. Next year I plan on going to as many nationals as I can and do my best, moving up to the 85 classes.
You’re a spectacular student, filling the report card with numerous A+ grades, and an excellent G.P.A; how hard is it to juggle both your tedious studies, and hectic racing schedule?
It is a little difficult getting all my homework and reading done in the evening or the next morning before school. On the weekends I can just do my work while we are driving to practice or race.
Who would you like to thank for getting you to this point in your career?
My Dad, Mom and my Stepmom Teri. I want to thank my mechanic Dylan Metheny, Robbie and Ashley Reynard, EBR Performance, Seven, 180 Decals, Scott, 6D Helmets, Dunlop, Pro Taper, DT1
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