Every year, there’s a new breed of talent that comes through the amateur ranks of motocross. It’s a recurring cycle, and if you line the fences to view the youngest classes in attendance, you very well may be watching the stars of tomorrow right before your eyes. Enter Colton Delagarde, a fierce competitor who’s been spinning wrenches and twisting the throttle before entering Kindergarten. Impressive to say the least, he’s pushing with all his might to capture as many wins possible, all the while laying a solid foundation for future success. With his hectic schedule, he was able to make a bit of time for us, and provide us a detailed background of his story. Here’s what he had to say.
With your dad being a mechanic for a professional team, is that how you got started in all of this?
Yes, his involvement in racing is what sparked my interest. Him and my mom got me my first bike. Ever since, I've wanted to be just like the pro's.
Can you remember your first time on the bike? Any memories?
Not really. I was 3. I do remember how hard it was to walk in motocross boots and running into the pool. Lol
Although you’re from Tennessee, you spent quite a bit of time in Texas this past winner, training and racing; why the move there?
We originally went to Texas to race the first round of the Texas winter series that was at Freestone. We wanted to get some practice on that track prior to the national. Once we saw how good the competition was we decided to go to the next round. After that round we saw that I was doing good and had a chance at winning the series in a couple classes so we decided to finish out the series.
You were very strong at the Mill Creek Spring Classic; how do you feel that event went for you?
That event went good. I have been to that track a couple times and I'm comfortable there. I won the first moto on my Cobra but struggled on the starts in the last two motos.
Throughout the course of the year, you were traveling far and wide to accomplish your goals and dreams; how strong of a support group do you have to take you each weekend to the races?
My support group is the best. There is no way I could do this without them. My mom holds down the fort at home and dad takes me to practice and train. Since mom and dad have to work through the week my grandma stayed with me while I trained through the summer. Most of the time we all go to the races together. Mom didn't go as much this year since she is building my brother as she calls it. Running around and cheering is hard on her.
After the month of June had concluded, you secured your bids to Loretta Lynn’s; how did you feel after earning your tickets?
Excited would be an understatement. I had gotten down on my self after not earning my ticket at the first regional. Once I realized that I had made it I was more determined then ever to have a good showing.
Coming into Loretta’s, where were you doing the majority of your training?
We started training at Chad Ward's Southern Sx Park Alabama with Mike Daley. Then went up to Boom Diggity. After that, we went back to Alabama but the rain wasn't cooperating with us. So we started looking for somewhere to ride. We had met Ben Riddle at Boom Diggity and really liked him. So we got in contact with Ben and set up training with him at Fast Farms in Tennessee.
Looking at LL in the rearview, you had some amazing rides; can you recap your riding performances for us to hear?
Going into moto 1 I was both excited and nervous. I didn't get the start I wanted but was charging through the pack when I took a bad line and went down. After that, my nerves got the best and I played it safe the rest of the moto and ended up 13th. Moto 2, I pulled the holeshot but tucked the front end in the second turn. I got up in 26th. I put my head down and stared charging. By the end of that moto I had finished 8th. Moto 3 was my best moto. I had a decent start and kept charging by the end of the moto I worked my way up to 6th. Finishing 8th overall.
What’s the plan for the rest of 2017?
Well my brother is due the end of August so my immediate plans are up in the air. We are hoping to make it to the Baja Brawl but that's not for sure. Beyond that we are planning on going to Ponca City and Mini O's.
What will 2018 have in store? Bigger 50 full-time?
Since I am only AMA 5 I will still be on the small 50's in 2018. We plan on hitting all the big nationals. I still go to school so we plan on being as full time as you can be with school.
How are your skills with a wrench? Do you aspire to be a great mechanic, just like your father?
I leave the mechanics to dad, lol. I plan to be a racer. He says I need to know how things on the bike work. He says it will help with bike setup and racing in the future so I spend time with him learning about the bike.
What else do you find fun, other than motocross racing?
Of course I enjoy playing with my friends and spending time with my family. I like playing in my sand box and riding BMX.
Any sponsor’s you’d like to thank?
I'd like to thank Tom Miller Motorsports, Answer Gear, Scott Goggles, Dunlop Tires, Illusive gloves, DT1 filters, Mika Metals, Matrix Concepts, Pit Pal, Pro Taper, 22 Graffix, Barber Cycle, Cycle Gear, Jackson Gents Barber Shop, Mom and Dad, MawMaw and B, Mimmie, and everyone who helped get to where I'm at today.
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