There’s a young man residing in the plains of Iowa, lurking, creating a concoction to cause a storm like no other. A whirlwind of corner speed, an abundance of confidence, and an on-going threat to win at any given moment, allows Donavan Hanson to be categorized in the top tier of destructive storms. Luckily the chaos has ceased for a brief moment, and we were fortunate enough to receive a report on how well the number 63 is currently doing.
What initially sparked your interests in motocross? What attracted you to the sport?
My dad, I remember when I was really little, he would give me rides on his dirt bike around our farm, which was kind of scary but really fun. Then on my 3rd birthday, I got a 50cc with training wheels so I could start riding too. There is still a dent in our garage door where I ran into the house on my first ride.
Any first race memories?
My dad took me to a local district race right after I turned 6. I had a Honda CRF50 and I thought that I was going to do pretty well, but I think that I got lapped twice in both motos. That was on a Sunday and on the next Tuesday, my dad let me skip school to go to the local dealer and get a new KTM 50 sr. He didn’t want me to get to lapped the next weekend.
What made you choose the number 63?
63 was my dad’s racing number. He put it on my first race bike and I’ve kept it ever since. Moto63
It looks as though you’ve spent quite a bit of time in Texas this winter, competing in the Texas winter series; what made you choose to attend those races?
Texas is my favorite place to ride during the Iowa winters. I have been going down there for the past few winters. I only took 3 weekends off the bike total last winter and the Texas Winter Series has some great tracks to get some riding in. There are some fast kids down south and the gates are always full at each round. In the end, I was able to earn my first AMA featured #1 plate by being the 85cc 9-11 series champion. The win felt really great and gave me a lot of confidence.
You had an awesome top ten finish at the James Stewart Freestone Spring Championship; tell us about that run.
To be 6th overall at a major national is a big achievement but to be honest I wasn’t very happy with how I rode. I was tight all day and didn’t have a good flow going. I lost a few positions on the last laps as a result of not focusing forwards. As a result, I learned a lot about how important it is to always race forward. I am definitely going to be mentally ready for the next national race this year. My goal is to be on the podium.
With area qualifiers wrapping up, how have you felt about your performances thus far, and are you ready for regionals?
The area qualifiers went really good. I finished with a 1st and 2nd overall in the 85cc 9-11 Limited classes and also did really well in the 85cc 9-12. I am really excited for the regionals and feel pretty confident with my riding so far this year. One of my goals at the regionals is to get a moto win. That would be cool.
Do you have a track at your house? What type of layout is it?
Ya, I have a pretty sick track in my backyard. It’s a mix of arenacross and motocross with about a 1 minute 35 second lap time. We have a full-time track loader, water truck and disk to keep it prepped. My dad replicates sections from other tracks that we race at to help me get those sections dialed in. We have the ’10 Commandments’ and he just built a rhythm section from Ponca after I raced there last week. But the best part of having your own track is that all my moto buddies from Iowa come over each week to train together.
What are your Goals/Plans for the rest of the year?
My main goal is to earn a ride with an amateur team for next year. I have the speed I just need to prove it. So, for the rest of the year I’m planning on going to as many national as I can. Loretta’s, Baja Brawl, The MotoPlayground Race at Ponca City and Mini O’s are on the list for sure. I’m also planning to start training at Reynard Training Facility in OK now that school is almost out.
What’s your training regimen look like off the bike? Cycling? Lifting?
I mainly focus on cardio training. Last year, I really got into cycling on my off bike days. My dad and I hit the local mountain bike trails and it’s really fun. I’m not an inside kid, I’m always outside and staying active and that helps too.
What professional’s do you look up to? Any styles you try and replicate?
I look up to Canard the most. I think that he has a really cool flow to his riding style. Trey also rides with a lot of heart and intensity. I also look up to him for being such a great role model as a Christian athlete, which I have always admired. I’ve met Trey a couple times and he’s a real humble and genuine guy.
What do you to take your mind off of racing? Anything to help you relax and get away from motocross for a little while?
Normal kid’s stuff I guess, ya know, hoverboards and fidget spinners. Since I ride and train all year round, I don’t do any normal school sports but they’re not as fun as moto anyways. When I’m back from racing I just like to hang out with my family and play with my dog mostly. Although, we are in the process of putting in a 300 foot zipline in our backyard so I’m excited to ride that.
Any sponsor’s you’d like to thank?
Ya for sure, moto is hard enough and without the support of some great sponsors I wouldn’t be where I am today. I’d like to thank: PanicREV Ministries for all their work in the moto community, 6D Helmets for letting me get back up after some hard crashes, Fly Racing for making me always look good, 100% for all their track side support, Hicklin Power Sports for their awesome support, PowerBand Racing Suspension, Maxima Racing Oils, Leatt, Dunlop, and Nihilo Concepts.
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