If you choose to look up the number “411”, the definition of “The Truth” will appear.
Fitting, when you find those same digits aboard the KTM 85cc machine of Wyatt Liebeck, a pilot slashing through the snows of New Franken, Wisconsin.
His ability to compete moto after moto, coupled with the amount of confidence he brings to the gate every moment he chooses to latch his helmet, reiterates that of a true warrior.
He hasn’t shied away from any threat thus far in his career, and doesn’t plan on doing so anytime soon. We had the chance to hear a bit of what makes him tick, and were fortunate to enough catch it in this interview.
How long have you been racing and riding Wyatt?
I started riding when I was 5 years old when I received a KTM 50 Adventure for my first dirt bike. I started racing when I was 6.
What made motocross so special for you? Speed? Jumping?
Motocross is special to me mostly because of the jumping. Ever since I was little I have been watching YouTube videos of riders doing big jumps and going fast. That is when I knew this is what I wanted to do.
In late March, you were very solid at the Freestone Spring Championship; how do you feel that event went for you?
I felt pretty good at Freestone especially for it being the first National of the year and not being on the bike for very long because of the snow here in WI. I’m hoping to improve and be top 5 at Loretta’s this year.
You then began to dabble into the Schoolboy classes; are you jumping back and forth from the 125, to the Supermini and 85 machines? How does it feel running with older competition on the big bikes?
I don’t compete on 125’s yet. I race my Supermini in the Schoolboy class. I definitely have a lot more fun riding with the bigger guys. The more competition, the more fun it is.
Coming into the regionals, you had full momentum, and it prevailed; taking a win at Chillitown; was the weekend what you had hoped for?
Chilitown was up and down for me. I won the overall in Mini Sr. 2, and was sitting in 1st in Mini Sr. 1 going into the 3rd moto, and had the inside corner at the start and someone came in from the outside and I went down and didn’t get to finish the race. I would say it didn’t end the way I wanted it too.
You then wanted more tickets, obliterating the field at the MC Motopark regional; how stoked were you once you crossed the checkered flag?
I was pretty pumped about going 1-1- 1 for Overall in Mini Sr. 1 class and even getting a few moto wins in the Supermini class with the bigger guys.
For off the bike training, prior to the big dance, what will your program consist of? Weights? Cycling? Running?
I will go cycling quite a bit when I’m not riding my dirt bike. I have some decent mountain bike trails not too far from my house that I ride with my friends.
Coming into Loretta’s, what are you hoping to walk away with, when all is said and done?
For Loretta’s I am hoping for some top five finishes and top 5 overalls, but I will be happy with top 10 overalls. I am just going there with confidence and hope it ends the way I plan.
What’s your favorite part of the track at Loretta Lynn’s?
My favorite part about the track there is the sand sweeper by the pond because it gets rough and I like to ride rough sand tracks.
Once the race is completed, is it time to move up to big bikes full time?
I do not think I will move to full time big bikes until next year after Loretta’s, but it will depend on how much I grow. I personally want to stay on Supermini’s next year through Mini O’s then move up to big bikes.
What other nationals do you plan to race for the rest of the year?
As of right now we plan on going to Baja Brawl and Mini O’s however we might consider others to get my name out there.
If you aren’t racing, what can we catch you doing? You enjoy the outdoors? Other Sports?
When I’m not racing I enjoy fishing, golfing and riding my pedal bike.
Any sponsor’s you’d like to thank?
The sponsors I would like to thank are Fly Racing, Woodstock KTM, Nihilo Concepts, Mika Metals, Sandbox Kings, Powerband Racing, DT1 Filters.
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