Hidden within the mountainous region of Montana, lurks a big game hunter by the name of Levi Newby. Camouflaged and awaiting, he’s quietly slithered his way onto the brink of the prize in which he craves. Moving precisely day after day, the trophy looms just in the foreground, as he’s now on a constant yearn for capturing more gold. He’s been busy winning races in a consistent fashion, but he was kind enough to give us a few minutes, discussing both how his 2017 has been so far, and his plans from here on out.
Being From Montana, how did you become familiar with motocross racing? Is there a big scene in the area?
My Dad raced and got our whole family involved in it even all 5 of my sisters. There was a series in MT called Big Sky MX that was all about kids racing and being together as a race family. They have been supporting me ever since I left MT to come fulfill my dream of being a pro rider. Big Sky MX is no longer holding events; so racing in MT is definitely not the same. They do still have another MX series there and a XC series but living in MT would be a hard place to fulfill my dream.
Any recollection of your first race?
We were living in Las Vegas, NV and my Dad was racing the XC Mran series, and us kids decided we wanted to race so my Dad said ok. I was three years old on a PW50. The racecourse was 11/2 miles in the desert, and I ended up not finishing the race because it was to sandy for my PW50. I kept racing the XC that year. There were a lot of races thou my pw would get me to the finish line.
Why the number 28?
Number 28 means a lot to me because it is also my Dad's number he races with. I wanted to run 28 on my bikes because he is the person I look up to the most.
You spent some time in Florida this winter, chasing the Winter-Am series down there; why the stay in Florida, and how’d it go?
My Dad knew that we had to leave MT to train and race. We went down to FL Sept. of 2015 to train at Ricky Carmichael's farm. It was a great experience to train with the GOAT for MX, and I learned a lot. It was great to be able to train in the winter and have a race series to keep me competitive.
You had some solid rides at the Daytona SX amateur event, how was it riding on such a sacred ground of Daytona Motor Speedway?
Daytona is a very cool event. I raced there the year before and it is definitely a fun event. Getting to watch the Pro's the night before is always a great time.
Freestone had some stiff competition, and you stacked up well. Leaving the event, were you pleased with your performance?
Yes at Freestone there was some stiff competition. I struggled all week and felt like I could have done better, especially with my starts. I learned from my mistakes and told myself to look forward and not back. It was a great event and look forward to doing better next year at it.
You picked up a win at the California Classic; how stoked were you after those rides for the weekend?
I felt super good on the bike all week at the Cal Classic the track was awesome. I was super stoked to walk away with a title and to see all the hard work paying off.
Do you enjoy racing indoors? Your results seemed to show it, following the completion of the Junior Moto X event.
Yes it is super fun to change it up, and to do a little indoor racing. I felt good in the tight track conditions and ended up on with a good result in my last main event at the Jr. Moto X.
You recently had an ultra-strong showing at the Northwest Regional; tell us about the weekend.
I felt solid all weekend at the NW regional. I knew I had to go out there and get good starts and put myself in a good position to get the tickets. There was a couple of motos that I wasn't up front in the start and had to be quick to pass, ride smart, an just keep pushing to make it up to the front. I turned over some good lap times. I had bike problems in the one class so I will race the SW regional at Pala.
Coming into Loretta’s, what are your goals for the big dance?
My goal for Loretta's is to go there and have good starts, consistent motos, to come away with good finishes, and hopefully a championship.
What type of training are you doing to prepare yourself for LL?
I am working with Ryan Hughes @Rynoglobal. We are working on riding technique, speed, motos, and working really hard off the track to make sure I'm in the best shape I can be in.
Looking ahead to 2018, what’s the plan from here on out?
To get a ride!! Get picked up on a team and win more championships.
What do you do to get away from the stress of racing? What do you like to do in your down time?
I like to hang out at the lake with friends and family when I'm not training or racing. My favorite things to do are hunting, snowboarding, surfing with John Downing, and being with my family.
Any sponsor’s you’d like to thank?
Thunder Funding, Griffen Surgical, AES, SCS, Langles, Enzo, Summit Motorsports, TLD Joey Weamer, Dubya, Acerbis, Renthal, Rekluse, Sidi, VP, Mindplugs, Works Connection, Vertex, DT1, JMC Motorsports, H&H Earthworks, Petersen Flooring, Andy Allen, Dietrich family, and all of my family and friends that are cheering me on.
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