The beginning of one’s career can truly set the tone for their attitude, and performances toward their goals down the road. A monument of success is built upon a great foundation; and to have a great foundation in our sport, a key building block must be solid results. Riley Blue has that, and all the other tools needed to make a run in this game. We had the pleasure of sitting down with this South Carolina resident, and letting him introduce himself to the world.
What originally attracted you to motocross, and how did you get involved in the sport?
I saw it on tv when I was about 3 years old and it was hooked I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. The Christmas after that my dad parents bought me a pw 50 and the rest was history.
Any first race memories?
I actually never got to race until I moved from Illinois to South Carolina. We bought a ktm 65 when I turned 12 and went racing. I pulled the holeshot my very first race and won by 12 seconds. I had never felt so alive in that moment and I’ve loved winning ever since.
What made you choose the number 22? Chad Reed Fan?
I've always liked the number 22 and Chad Reed won the first race I ever watched on television; I said that is a winning number and it stuck ever since.
Last year you were juggling the Supermini, and big bike classes; how does it feel to be on the larger machines full time now?
It was definitely tough doing supermini and the 250 last year. It feels great, like poetry in motion being full time on big bikes, I've really excelled ever since I got rid of the little bike.
The transition from novice to intermediate can be a huge overtaking for an athlete to make, how has it gone for you so far?
It is going great so far; I've been battling up front with the best of the best and actually won my first race in 250 B.
You’ve had some strong showings at your area qualifiers thus far, have you been pleased with your performances?
It's been pretty good at the areas, I'm happy with my results but I have yet to win at a national level in B class, which is definitely what I want to be consistently doing.
How are you feeling coming into the regional event’s this summer?
I am feeling very confident coming into regionals, with a positive attitude and a good chance at running up front.
Take us back to Loretta Lynn’s last year, and your emotions after your spectacular second place finish.
Loretta Lynn's last year was my first time ever at the ranch. I came in with the desire to win a national title. I went 8-3-6 for a 2nd overall and tied for 1st place. To pull off the track after my last moto, and get told I lost it by 1 position, is incredibly hard to hear. Although I was upset and frustrated with myself, I had to remember that it was my first time there and I was still 2nd at the most prestigious amateur national in the world.
What are your Goals/Plans for the rest of the year?
My goals for the rest of this year are to qualify for Loretta's in 250 B and schoolboy 2, and be at least top 5 there, and then go to monster cup in October. After that, I want to go to Mini O's and win a few championships there and following that I will move up to the A class.
Where do you do the majority of your practicing throughout the year?
I practice a lot at Daxton Bennick's compound in Morganton, NC. I also have a little corner track and starting gate in my backyard that I ride most of the time.
What’s your training regimen look like off the bike? Cardio? Weights?
I do a lot of cardio in the gym and I also do a lot of road biking, usually around 40-50 miles.
Any professional’s style you try to replicate?
I try to replicate Ken Roczen’s style for sure.
What do you to take your mind off of racing? Anything to help you relax and get away from motocross for a little while?
I like to hangout with my friends, riding my mountain bike, and chilling with my little cousin.
Any sponsor’s you’d like to thank?
I'd like to thank Triangle Cycles Yamaha, 100% Goggles, ALIAS, TheMotoHub, ODI Grips, MGX Unlimited Graphics, Chad Glover, Pro-motion Suspension, and Bell Helmets.
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