Nestled on the Eastern border of Florida, sits a town by the name of Palm Coast. A picturesque view of the Atlantic just minutes away from the cities’ center, a cool ocean breeze, lime in the longneck, and hammock swung between the trees to go along with it, this town seems nothing short of utopian relaxation from the outside looking in.
However, here recently there seems to be a young man determined to blaze a trail, shredding the sands of the ocean’s seaboard, and creating enough noise to make his name known in the district, and eventually a national scale. He goes by the name of Brett Meade, and we had the chance to learn a little bit more about him
Tell us a little bit about yourself Brett; how old are you and where are you from?
I’m 17, from Palm Coast, Florida. I go to public school and have a job.
How did you get into motocross? Television? Family or someone you know ride?
My dad used to ride when he was little, although he never raced, just riding at local tracks. They took me out to a local track when I was 4, and I didn’t want to leave after that. I was riding a bicycle without training wheels at 2, so my dad told me no training wheels on the dirtbike once I got one. Christmas, that same year, they got me a Honda 50, and ever since then I’ve LOVED it.
Riding in the Florida area, who’s all in your crew of riding buddies? Friends with any of the professionals around that area?
When I’m not riding at my corner track, I usually ride with my buddies Chris Fortier, Jordan Bailey, Tristan Lane, and a couple other rippers.
What are some of your best performances, or highlights at this point in your career?
I’ve raced Mini O’s a couple of times, got a 7th in one moto, but just haven’t been able to put in a solid ride like I want there. I raced the RCSX this year, and in the 250 B main, I crashed out. But I have raced a lot of Winter Am’s, and Gold Cups, and I’ve done really well at those.
As far as your goals in 2017, and even beyond that, what do they consist of?
Well, we were going to try and go to Millcreek for the regional and do all the B classes. But I only have one bike right now, and I’d like to have two when we go up there, but we will see what happens. However, if I do miss Loretta’s, I will be ready for Mini O’s and race as many classes as I can. I really want to show that I can run up in the front.
What are your best traits as both a rider, and athlete?
I try to be as good as I can be over every obstacle, but mostly try to work on my corners and work on my form. I try to be aggressive, forsure, and hang it out a little bit, but it just really depends what track it is. If it’s sand, which most of the tracks are around here, I try to hold it wide. But on some of the hardpack tracks, I try to be real smooth, and have good throttle control.
Favorite track to ride on in Florida, and why?
Gotta be either WW ranch or Gatorback.
Do you feel your skills on the BMX bike translate to your style and charisma on the motorcycle?
Yes, forsure, I go to the skatepark often; I just try to pump around and flow really well, being light. And then when I ride my dirtbike, I try to be the same way, and flow real well. Always try and be real light and smooth on the bike.
What else do you enjoy doing, when you’re not riding?
I like to be outside a lot, I usually BMX, surf (when we have waves), and Mountain bike with my buddy Logan Sepe. Then usually at night, I like to play some xbox, and mob on GTA and MXGP. I used to play XBOX a lot with JLAW haha, he’s wild.
How is it attending public school, and trying to compete at your highest level? Do people at school know you ride?
It’s really hard to go to public school 5 days out of the week, when the guys I’m racing in the B class live at facilities and ride everyday. But I do what I have to do, and train as much as I can. I don’t really tell people I race, they somewhat know from my Instagram, but 90 percent of the people in my school think I do backflips, or I just twist the throttle haha. So I don’t really say much about racing.
Looks like you’re pretty big into music, if you had a Supercross intro/walkout song, what it would be, and why?
Ahh that’s a tough one. I’m real big into 90’s rap, so I would have to go with Wu-Tang Clan, Protect Ya Neck. But if its this generation music, it would have to be one of Gucci Mane’s songs.
Any Sponsors you’d like to thank?
My Mom and Dad, Becks Teck, Quantum Electric, Chris Conklins INC., Alias, and whoever else helps me with racing and supporting me.
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