Deep within the Everglades lurks an eerie orange figure, lurking and waiting to make his next move upon the competition. Greeting competitors and friends alike with a warm smile, he acknowledges everyone with a fun-filled attitude and an abundance of respect.
However, when he lines up to compete on his number 930 KTM machines, the ruthlessness of the Florida gator arrives, and his appetite roars for the taste of yet another number one plate. Something he’s had plenty of in the past, yet is always yearning for more. With a great support system around, and magnificent attitude of his own, he’s propelling himself to the top day by day. We had the pleasure to sit down with Seth, and receive a little background on the young man.
How did you get into motocross? Television? Family or someone you know ride?
I actually have a really cool story of how I got into motocross! Motocross goes back 4 generations on each side of my family. I come from a long list of people who raced in my family including my Dad, Mom, Aunt, NaNa, PaPa, Cousin, Great Uncles, and 2 Great Grandfathers and almost all of them have raced at Loretta Lynns too. My dad bought me my first P-dub when I was 2, so it's definitely a family thing for us!
How’d your first race go?
It was awesome! I had my first race on my PW at Dade City MX and it was about a week before my 5th birthday. I finished 7th out of 19 that night.
What made you choose the number 930?
930 is the last 3 digits of my AMA number. That is what my parents used for their numbers so they did it for mine too.
You’ve stepped up this year, transitioning to competing aboard the manual-shifting machine of the 65; how’s it going so far?
Yes, I just started practicing on my 65 about a month ago now. I really like it, and it’s been fun learning to use the clutch. I just had my first race on it at the area qualifier at Sunset Ridge, and I finished 7th, qualifying for the regional.
How have your Loretta Lynn Qualifiers been in 2017? How’d you pass the time all the way to Illinois for your qualifier at Sunset Ridge?
The qualifiers have been really good. I finished 1st in the 50cc 7-8 class at WW Ranch back in February, and at Sunset Ridge I finished 2nd in the 50cc 7-8 and 7th in the 65cc 7-9. Sunset Ridge was an awesome track, but a brutal day! It was raining a lot and very windy and cold. We only got to run one moto though. The drive up was very long. We rode together in one van up there with my buddy Emile, so it was actually fun. We got to hang out and watched movies and played on my iPod.
With the RC Amateur SX Championship taking place in your native Florida, did you enjoy racing inside the Daytona Speedway? Pleased with your performance?
Daytona was a lot of fun! It's nice because it's only a 2-hour drive for us and racing inside the speedway is cool. It's so different from all of the other races. I really wasn't too pumped with my finishes at Daytona but I had some decent motos. The mud moto was crazy...I fell 5 times and still pulled out a 5th place finish that moto.
Grabbing a win at the Freestone Spring Championship, were you happy with your results in the Lone Star State?
I was so pumped to win a class at Freestone!! I won a class last year there, so I knew I really wanted to win so that I could go ride at James Stewart's place again! I struggled in some of my other class motos, but happy I was able to get another number one plate.
What are your Goals/Plans for the rest of the year?
My main goal is to qualify for Lorettas and get a top 10 finish there. The competition is tough this year, but I know if I work really hard I can do it. I have been practicing a lot with my trainer Donald Solley at DSMX Schools. I would love to add some more number one plates to the living room this year!
Being From Florida, is sand your favorite type of soil to ride on? Or do you prefer ruts, hard-pack, etc.
Sand is definitely my favorite, but I like deep ruts as well.
Seems like you and your dog are pretty close, what happened on Easter with the candy basket?
I love my dog Ellie but she is crazy! On Easter night my sister and I left our baskets with all of our candy in the living room. While we were sleeping she ate ALL OF IT...she even ate the Hershey kisses with the wrappers! I think she had a bellyache the next day.
Tell us about your pitboard training routine; that seems like an interesting and creative idea to work on.
Haha ...I got this sick pit board while I was at the Orange Brigade camp. It's even got my name on it! I have been begging my parents to use it all the time. So one day at practice my buddy Carter and I decided to get it out and give it a try. Our parents tried to say they didn't think we would be able to read it while we were racing by. So anyway we decided to have a competition where they would write on it and we would run by and see who could read it first. It was a fun time and we totally proved them wrong. I can't wait until my dad uses it in a race.
What do you like to do when you’re off the bike? Any activities you find fun other than riding your dirtbike?
I love to listen to music, sing, and bust some moves! My sister and I jump on our trampoline all the time. They are building a trampoline park in our town so I can't wait for that to open! I like to ride bicycles, scooters, and my Oset. At Freestone I had a lot of fun fishing with my friends so I want to do some more of that too. I've also been saving my money to buy a 110 pit bike ...I can't wait to get that!!
Any sponsors you’d like to thank?
I'd like to thank my mom, my dad, my sister, my trainer Donald Solley, Orange Brigade, Dunlop, Illusive Gloves, Scott, Answer, 6D, Alpinestars, MCR Suspension, WMR, Nihilo, FMF, Pro Taper, Ethika, Motorex, Motion Pro, Skullcandy, TM Designs, Vertex, Acerbis, and Cometic
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