MPG / DAILY BREAD / JANUARY 12, 2017
Words / Lake Kilpatrick
Jordan Jarvis has been claiming #1 plates on the national scene for many consecutive years with no end in sight. She had one of her most successful years to date in the 2016 racing season as she wrapped up multiple titles in practically every major national that she attended. Not only has she seen countless successes on her journey throughout the amateur ranks, but she has done so while still balancing her responsibilities as a full-time student attending public schools. The 15 year old out of North Carolina made a statement this past weekend in Cincinnati as she opened up the 2017 racing season undefeated in all of her main events. She’ll be carrying that momentum into the remainder of the east coast rounds as she looks to pile up the trophies in preparation for the big finale in Las Vegas come May. We caught up with Jordan to chat about her perfect night at the opening AX round, the difficulties of balancing the responsibilities of a full-time student and a full-time racer, and how racing with the boys has made her a better rider throughout the years.
Firstly, you just came off a stellar weekend in Cincinnati for the opening round of the Arenacross series. You couldn’t have really asked for a better start to the 2017 season.
Yeah, Saturday night at Cincinnati was pretty good. I got second in my heat race and got a pretty good start comin’ out in the main, I stayed right behind the two leaders and they made a mistake and I capitalized on it. I ended up winning which put me ahead in the points in the Dominator class. On Sunday I won everything; every heat and every main. It was a pretty good weekend, I’m really glad with how I started out my season this year and I’m looking forward to next weekend in Michigan.
Is there a big difference racing on Saturday night in front of the crowd as opposed to on Sunday for amateur day?
Yeah, there’s definitely a little bit more pressure when you’re racing in front of a crowd. But, y’know, once you get out there and once you do the start and stuff, you pretty much don’t worry about all the pressure, you just wanna go out there and do your best.
What’re your plans for the rest of the AX series?
We’re gonna run all of the east and most of the central, and then if I qualify for Vegas we’ll head out there for the finals.
Going back to your roots, how did you get into the sport?
My Dad actually got me into motocross. He used to race professional outdoors and he got me into it. Ever since then I’ve always loved riding.
You’re one of the few amateur riders that still actually attends public school as opposed to being home schooled, how does that kind of affect your training and preparation for race weekends?
For sure, it definitely puts me at a disadvantage. I do public school and I don’t get to miss a lot of time, and I only get to ride on weekends, because my Dad travels to and from New Jersey during the week. So, it definitely makes it hard just riding on the weekends and trying to compete at a national level against other people that get to ride all the time. During the week, I just work out as much as I can and try and prepare for the weekend.
Is it difficult to balance being a full-time student with being a full-time racer?
It’s definitely difficult. Before I go to a race I bring all my work with me so I can keep up my grades, and right now I think I have all A’s. My teachers are really good with helping me get my work so that I don’t fall behind.
So, kind of taking a step back and reflecting on the 2016 season, you had quite an exceptional year. You won multiple championships at pretty much every major national that you entered, how was the season from your perspective?
I had a really good season in 2016. Like you said, I had a lot of championships that I got this year from Daytona, to Freestone, to Millcreek, I got two championships at Loretta’s, and Baja, the Vurb Classic, and Mini-O’s. It was a really good year, but the Loretta’s titles definitely mean the most to me. It was a crazy week, the weather definitely made it different. I won all my first motos. In the Women’s class in the second moto, I actually ended up hitting a good friend of ours, Nikki (Voorhees), my mechanic for Monster Cup. So, it was a really busy and stressful week, but I had to stay consistent and I came out with wins in both of the third motos.
Last year at the Monster Energy Cup, you had an awesome opportunity to work with one of your good friends, Nikki, as your mechanic. What was that whole experience like?
It was something new. Not only have I actually never had someone be my mechanic other than my Dad, but I got to have her as my mechanic for Monster Cup. My nerves were all over the place and she kind of helped calm me down, it was really good to know that I had a close friend up on the gate with me, and someone that I knew and could trust if anything went wrong.
How did the whole thing come together?
When the opportunity to race Monster Cup came up, my Dad reached out to Nikki before I even knew about it. She was all excited about it and she agreed to go back in August when we first found out about it. So, it was a great experience and we both got a lot out of it. Nikki is interested in being more of a long term mechanic and she does really well.
How did you two meet each other?
Ummm, I actually met Nikki for the first time at one of the tracks that we were at. I found out later that my parents were talking to her on Facebook and stuff, but ever since I met her at the track, we’ve been really good friends on and off the track. We pit with her a Loretta’s every year, we text all the time.
You definitely have the speed and capabilities to run with a lot of the pros, when do you plan on making your professional debut?
I’m not quite old enough yet. I turn sixteen in March, but I would miss the first couple rounds of the pro series. So, we’re pretty much gonna wait ‘till next year so we can start the year off fresh. I’m going to start doing that and also try and qualify for the AX Lites class.
So, what’re your plans for the 2017 season once the spring nationals kick off and what classes are you gonna be racing?
I think we’re doing the Girls Sr. Class, the Womens 14+, and we’re not quite doing as much Superminis this year. But, at nationals I’ll probably do Supermini 2, the Schoolboy 1 class, and 125 B/C. I definitely think that racing against guys helps me out; there’s a big difference between racing with the girls and the guys. Guys have a way more aggressive riding style and it just makes you faster. I think that riding with them throughout my career has definitely made me a better rider.
Any sponsors you’d like to shout out?
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