Although paying homage to the legendary John Stockton is necessary, Texas’ own Stockton Stinebaugh hasn’t needed much help in delivering championships so far in 2017. Etching his name into the record books of the nationals that have taken place thus far, Stinebaugh shows no signs of slowing down. We had the chance to talk to the young man who calls Caddo Mills home, and see what he’s all about.
What originally drew you to motorcycles? How did you find interest in this sport?
Well at my first, my neighbor had a dirtbike and would always ride down the road, and it immediately caught my attention. One day, I saw him riding again, and I asked my dad if I could get one like that. Next thing I know, I had a Honda Z 50 sitting in my front yard. It was on from there!
What was your first race like?
My first race was at Boondoxxx MX, at the age of seven. I raced the beginner 50 class and crashed about four times, ending up with a fifth.
Why the number 41?
I chose number 41 because my dad’s friend raced sprint cars, and his number is 41; so I just went with it.
It looks as though you traveled out West this winter to prepare for the 2017 season. What all did you do?
Yeah, I traveled out west because the weather here in Texas was a little cold, and I wanted to train in the heat. I went with Shannon Niday. We rode a lot of SoCal tracks, with my favorite being Comp Edge! We also went to the first four rounds of Supercross! On the way home we stopped by Arizona Cycle Park, and we raced the qualifier.
How have your Loretta Lynn Qualifiers been in 2017? It appears you had a strong showing at Arizona Cycle Park.
My area qualifiers went pretty well, I got a handful of first and seconds. I raced at Swan Mx and Arizona Cycle Park!
With the RC Amateur SX Championship taking place at the one and only, Daytona Speedway, were you pleased with your performance?
Yeah, I was pleased with my performance in Daytona. I ended the weekend with two championships, and a third! I would’ve like to gone three for three, but it is what it is.
You again came away with a few titles at the Freestone Spring Championship. Being a Texas native, were you looking forward to that event? Happy when all was said and done?
I was really looking forward to Freestone. I had raced the two rounds of winter series there, to get more track time before the national! When it was all said and done, I was a little disappointed. I only had two titles when I could have had more. Crashes and bard starts really hurt me there. We learned and redeemed ourselves at Junior Moto X!
What are your Goals/Plans for the rest of the year?
My goal at the moment is to make it to Loretta’s! Once I make it there, I want to win it! That’s the ultimate goal. I would also like to grab some titles at Mammoth, Ponca, and Mini O’s.
Who all do you normally ride with? Lots of fast guys from the Texas area.
Yes, there are a lot of fast dudes down here in Texas! I’m training at Underground Training Facility right now! There are a lot of fast dudes there to ride with both big bikes and little bikes! (Parker Mashburn, Zane Merrett, Heath Harrison, Ryder Mcnabb, and Collin Allen)
Any professionals you look up to? Or style you try and replicate?
I tend to look up to Heath Harrison a lot! He’s always around here at Underground and is just a great role model and person to look up to! I also look up to Trey Canard, since he has my number, and is just a great person both on and off the bike!
What do you like to do when you’re off the bike? Any activities you find fun other than riding your motorcycle?
If I’m not on the bike I’m either working out or doing school! If I have some extra time in the day, I’ll try to play ping-pong or basketball. Those are the two sports that I enjoy. It’s a tight schedule everyday, but I try to find time for some fun off the bike.
Any sponsor’s you’d like to thank?
First of I’d like to thank my mom and dad, Performance Factory, Premier Plumbers of Texas, Underground MX Training Facility, Zak Mashburn, Kyle Regal, my previous trainer Shannon, my mechanic Trevor, and Sherman Powersports.
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