Caden Braswell is a blossoming prospect in the elder 85cc divisions, conducting his operations via the South of The Border Training Facility. The East Coast talent is making ripples throughout the nation, a splash of top-tier national championship performances catching the eyes of sponsors and fans alike. The good hearted young man can be seen charging feverishly at any event he chooses to attend, as both he and his solid support system are riding a wave of excellency. Oh, and he’s also one heck of a sportsman on the water, where he can be found reeling in fish, after catching his race wins. We had the pleasure of chatting with he and his family, as he prepares for the season ahead.
At what age did you take interest in motorcycles? How old were you when you got your first bike?
I really took interest around 3 and a half. I got my first bike when I was 5. It was an electric dirt bike (laughs).
First Race Memories?
Budd’s Creek was my first AMA race. I remember falling down Henry hill, messing my bike up in the process. The guy that actually now owns the Traders Racing team let me borrow a bike.
How did you choose your race number? Any symbolism behind that?
I chose it because it was my dad’s number.
Tell us about the series of podiums, and the spectacular championship ride you put in at the Mill Creek Spring Classic.
The Spring Nationals were okay to me. I had some good rides, however I was still trying to get a the new Suzuki dialed. I was feeling pretty good at Mill Creek, as I really like that track. It felt good to win another title there this year. I think it was the first number one plate for the Suzuki 85 in a couple of years, so that was pretty cool.
You had some strong showings at the Freestone Spring Championship. How do you feel about your performance there?
It was okay, I definitely felt that I could have done better. I was struggling with my starts all week, but the track was good, and I was able to finally put it together for my last moto (laughs).
Now that we’re rolling into qualifier season, how did Monster Mountain’s LLQ go for you? Stepping up to race the SuperMini class is a tough feat in itself.
Monster went well for me. I took some time off the bike after Freestone, and the qualifier was my first time back on the bike. I felt really good. I rode my 85 in the Supermini class, so that was tough. But I qualified in all of my classes; I think it’s time for dad to build me a Supermini (laughs).
With the Southeast regional at Gatorback this year, are you looking forward to that event?
Yes, I love Gatorback. The track has been good to me in the past, I can’t wait!
Training at South of the Border, how has that transition changed and evolved you as a rider?
Well it’s just really nice to be able to focus on my technique and speed, not having to worry about where I’m riding for the day, or how the track will be when I get there. South of the Border MX is always prime, and there are lots of guys here to make the track challenging and rough. It’s perfect for national level training. I think it’s made me the rider I am today.
With your training off the bike, do you prefer the cardio (running/cycling) side of things, or the weight training?
I like Crossfit when I’m at home. We do a lot of cardio at the border, and this year I started a little weight training. SOBMX has a good program. I feel it’s time for a rode bike, so hopefully I’ll be getting one of those soon.
What are your Goals/Plans for the rest of the year?
Train like crazy, making it through regionals in all my classes, and winning Lorettas! And oh yeah, catch as many fish as possible!
Are there any professional’s style you replicate, or any you look up to?
I like Ryan Dungey. I try to be smooth and fast as well, not making mistakes like he does. I think he’s a very smart rider. Sometimes if life gives you seconds and thirds, you take seconds and thirds, living to ride another day.
Off the bike you’re a big fisherman, what’s the biggest fish you’ve caught? Favorite place to fish?
I love to fish. My dad got me into fishing when I was little. I can’t give away my favorite fishing spot (laughs). But Florida is where it’s at; the biggest fish I’ve caught is a 40-pound king mackerel. That was really cool.
Any sponsor’s you’d like to thank?
Jeff Cernic with Cernic Racing, Rob Fox with Dunlop, Chris Wheeler with Suzuki, Tim Daniels at Troy Lee Designs, Joel with FMF, Hedgie with Oakley, Gregg Lynk at Links Racing, Ryan With SOBMX, Mika Metals, Mototass, Hinson, Works Connection, Powerband Racing, Backyard Design, ICW, ODI, RADMX, Live Ruthless, Ohlins, Privateer Connection; There’s a lot of people who help.
DAILY BREAD / LOGAN MATTINGLY
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