Kaeden Amerine got off to a tremendous start to the 2017 racing season at the eighth annual Daytona RCSX by coming away with a title in the Mini Sr. 2 class. The Oklahoma native was highly competitive throughout the early months of the new year in multiple Arenacross races across the midwest -- taking victories at the Nitro AX as well as the AMSOIL AX in the highly competitive Supermini Dominator class. He’s currently undergoing a couple changes to his program and has decided to start training down at Underground MX in the great state of Texas, consequently allowing him to work more closely with his mechanic, Kyle Regal. The former AX champion is a big part of Amerine’s program on race weekends, so working together closely throughout the week will only improve his performances on the weekend. The Rides Unlimited KTM rider is looking to build off a successful 2016 season where he was able to grab a couple of titles throughout the year as well as his best ever finish at Loretta’s, a fourth place overall in Mini Sr. 2. We caught up with Kaeden to chat about how the weekend went at the Daytona RCSX, switching his training program up a little bit, and how he’s feeling heading into the upcoming week at Freestone.
How’d the weekend go for you at the Daytona RCSX?
Yeah, it was a good weekend. I ended up with a title and I was really happy about that. The racing was good, there was a lot of tough competition out there. I’m really happy where I’m at right now and I’m hopin’ to go to Freestone and get some more titles.
What did you think of the track and how it developed throughout the weekend with all the rain and everything on Sunday?
Yeah, the track was challenging especially after the rain. The track was soft, the ruts were super deep, and they just went right through the faces of the jumps and they got really big and long. So, I just tried to tell myself that I can do this and get out front.
It seems like every race I go to you pull at least a couple hole shots. What makes you so good at starts?
Yeah, we practice that a lot. I’ve always just been a good starter and I feel like the work I’ve been putting in on the starts is paying off.
Talk a little bit about your relationship with Kyle Regal and how beneficial it is to have him on the gate with you at all the races.
It’s great. He helps me out a lot and critiques me on stuff -- whatever I’m doing wrong, or tells me stuff before I go out, he just gives me some motivation and a pep talk. It gives me some confidence to go up to the line with him and him telling me this stuff gives me even more confidence.
You’ve been on the Rides Unlimited team for a quite a while now, talk about what it’s like to be a part of that program.
It’s great! It’s brought me a long ways in this sport -- bringing my name up, and they’ve helped me out a lot with bikes, gear, and everything.
Did you get a chance to hang out at Daytona on Saturday and watch the SX race down there?
We actually went and were testing our race bikes before Sunday, so we didn’t get to watch practice or qualifying or anything. It’s cool to go watch the pros race on one night and then you’re riding the same place the next day.
What’d you think about the track they had for the pros compared to the one that you guys ended up racing on?
The pro track looked really fun. I wish they would’ve kept the amateur track a little more similar to that and kept the sand section in.
Are there any specific things that you focus on when you’re prepping for Daytona? How do you train differently for that race?
It’s just the same preparation. It’s kinda hard to tell what the track’s gonna be like ‘cause sometimes they might leave it more supercrossy or sometimes it’ll be more outdoors, so I just prepare the same.
What’s your training program like regularly?
Umm, this past week I’ve been down at Underground training with Kyle and them. Last year I was training at Reynard’s for a couple weeks tryin’ that, but I think I might be going to Underground for a while. I feel like it would be good being down here with Kyle, ‘cause I feel like I can kind of connect with him and I think it fits me, so it’ll be good. We’ve been workin’ on stuff and making some adjustments to my bikes and we’re ready to go for Freestone.
What has your week been like after Daytona traveling to Freestone? Do you make your way straight to Texas and just kind of train on the road?
No, we just drove overnight to get to Underground so we could get to trainin’ the next day.
Looking back on the 2016 season, was there any race that stuck out to you as the highlight of the year?
I think Loretta’s was the best one, ‘cause I ended up with a fourth and I tied for third. I could’ve got one more spot and got third, so I just needed that little bit more and I would’ve had it. But, I think Loretta’s was a great time and my best year ever. I’m hopin’ to do even better this year.
You got to go to the inaugural Motoplayground Race at Ponca City in your home state of Oklahoma, what’d you think of the event and how’d the racing go for you there?
The racing went good and the event was awesome. I got a title and a couple of seconds and I won the pit bike race, so it was a good weekend! It was definitely crazy -- people were hittin’ each other and the Mom’s were gettin’ whiskey throttle going across the track, haha.
How’re you feeling heading into Freestone and what’re your expectations for the week of racing?
I’m feelin’ good. I’m hoping to come out with a title, hopefully a few titles. I’ll be racing Mini Sr. 2 and Supermini 1 and 2. I’m feelin’ really good and feel that I can do good.
Who would you like to thank for helping you out?
Rides Unlimited Racing, Greg Geistler, Kyle Regal, my Mom and Dad, ATVS and More, Dunlop, EBR Performance, Scott, Seven MX, Motoplayground, Renthal, Motion Pro, Bel Ray, Roger Larsen, Dave Ginolfi, Kyle Foz, Bell Helmets, Dubya Wheels, DT1 Filters, Gaerne, Asterisk, Never Summer Industries, FMF, Tamer Holeshot Devices, Ethika, Source MX Graphics, Ankle Savers, Nihilo Concepts, VP Racing Fuels, Moto Ice Wrap, Motoseat, Matrix Concepts
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