Although not considered the “King” just yet, like the aforementioned song title by Elvis Presley has implied, Casey Cochran is taking his name to new heights with each performance, captivating fans and competitors alike.
His signature blend of style, speed, and charisma has all the makings of a future star, and the Suzuki pilot has been amassing solid finishes at every event he’s entered in the past few years. We were fortunate enough to sit down with Casey, and get some information on the Culloden, Georgia native.
How did you get into motorcycle riding? Did you see it on television, family member ride?
My grandfather, Dwayne McLemore, rode for Yamaha Road racing back in the 70's. On my first day home from the hospital, when I was born, he took me for a ride. 2 years later he got me my first dirt bike. At age 3,I did my first race, and haven’t stopped since. Oh, and my mom is the two time world national Mom’s pit bike champion!
First Race Memories?
I was three years old during my first race, and looped it out in the whoops!
How did you choose your race number? Any symbolism behind that?
My original number was #606, as my birthday is June 2006. When I went to Loretta’s the first time when I was 5, on my PW50, I got number 66 so we just kept it!
How hard is it to juggle racing both the 65 and 85? Which one do you like more?
I train on my 85 everyday and I pretty much ride my 65 only to race. I love riding them both a lot. I like the 85 because I can hit the bigger jumps easier, and get through the big ruts at MotoXCompound better.
You all headed to Mill Creek earlier this year for the Spring classic; how did that event go?
It went great. All podium finishes! I got one title in the 65 class. Prior to the event I was working really hard on my starts and got almost every one!
With the RC Amateur SX Championship taking place down in Florida, did you enjoy racing inside the Daytona track? Happy with the results?
I love this event. I really look up to Ricky Carmichael and it was special to me to grab a #1 plate from his event. He is so good to the Team Suzuki kids so it really meant a lot to me! The setting is incredible inside the Daytona Speedway. My grandfather raced here when he was a young man, and it means a lot for me to race here as well! I was happy with my results! One championship on my 65 and some solid rides on the 85!
You were about as consistent as they come at the Freestone Championship; did Texas treat you well this year?
I absolutely love Freestone. It’s one of my favorite tracks. I had a little bad luck in a few classes but had a very solid finish on my 85 in a very stacked class getting a third overall.
With a trio of second place finishes in Las Vegas for the Arenacross championships, were you pleased with the outcome? Are you more of an Arenacross/Supercross guy, or do you enjoy the outdoors more?
Outdoors is my thing. I don't get to ride Arenacross very much and struggled a bit in the whoops. Being this was my first time to do Amsoil Arenacross in Vegas, I feel like I learned a lot and will be better prepared next time I go back.
What’s your training regimen look like off the bike? Cardio? Weights
We train 5 days a week at the MotoXCompound. We have a personal trainer, Bubby Mitchell, who comes twice a week and we work out with him in the mornings. The other 3 days, we do an afternoon work out that Matt's wife Jennifer, and another mom at the compound, Kim Foster, lead; it’s a tough workout, with a mix of cardio and weight training. It’s really helped me build up strength to hold on to the 85.
What are your Goals/Plans for the rest of the year?
I feel like right now I am riding very consistent. I’m hoping with a lot of hard work I can get myself on the top of the box. My short-term goals are to qualify on both my 65 and 85 for Loretta's. After that, I plan to attend as many races as I can and hopefully have a good run for the rest of the year.
You have a solid group of guys to train with at the MotoXCompound. How do you feel that’s progressed you as a rider?
The groups of guys that I ride with at the compound have really helped me get up to speed on the 85. I’ve got 10 really fast riders that push me every single day.
Being an A+ student with your level of competition is very impressive; what’s your favorite school subject?
History. I have really enjoyed the way the OnTrack School taught history this year. We are learning story of the world and it’s very interesting!
What do you like to do when you’re off the bike? Any other interests?
I have started to throw a baseball around a good bit and I enjoy it (except when my dad hits a grounder that gives me a black eye). Also with it being summertime, I really enjoy swimming and doing tricks on my Lucky scooter.
Any sponsors you’d like to thank?
Suzuki, Cobra, Dunlop, EBR, MotoXCompound, Bell, Answer, 100%, Leatt, Ecstar, ODI, Nihilo, PRO-X, Cometic, VP, Matrix, Roost, N-Style, RADMX, Wiseco, Hinson, FMF, MotoSeats, Pro Taper, Razor Images, Bel Ray and Braap Supply.
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