To be of sage, means to carry an abundance of wisdom. An individual must carry a plethora of experience, sound judgment, and intuition to be defined by the word; and after hearing the background of rising amateur, Sage Lewis, you see why he’s the perfect candidate to truly represent its denotation. Chasing his dream weekend after weekend throughout the course of the year, his sacrifices have blossomed into attention worthy results, and a buzz throughout the industry. We were fortunate enough to sit down with Sage, recapping 2017, and his plans from hear on out.
Can you remember what originally attracted you to the sport of motocross?
When I was little I really enjoyed being outside and riding my bicycle. My dad had a friend whose son had a dirt bike and I thought WOW that looks fun.
What was your first moment on the bike like? Scared? Fun? How about your first race?
It was fun and exciting. I loved the speed of it.
The Spring Classic at Mill Creek can offer a chance to show off your speed for the new year; you certainly did that there. Pleased with your performance at the event?
Yes overall I was pleased with my performance at the event. We were testing some new suspension that worked great thanks to Billy from PowerBand Racing.
The iconic Daytona Amateur SX was next week, how does it feel to race in such a historic venue?
Daytona is a very cool because all of the fans and your friends are so close to the track. Plus my dad is a huge Nascar fan so it’s special to him.
You excelled again at the JuniorMotoX event; do you feel the Supercross tracks come natural to you?
Supercross is something that my trainer, Matt Walker, has told me that I am very skilled at so I felt comfortable heading into the event. It was cool to get a 2nd overall.
Coming into your regional at MC Motopark, were you confident you could do some damage if everything fell into place? Can you tell us about the significant injury you had, just prior to the race?
Yes, on the day that my dad was picking me up from Moto X Compound to go to my first regional I was hitting golf balls with friends and when we ran to get the golf balls I slipped and my left arm hyperextended and broke my elbow. The first doctor I saw put my arm in a cast and said that it would take 6 weeks to heal which meant I would miss Loretta's. I went to a different doctor who deals with motocross riders and he said let's cast it for two weeks and then re-x-ray it to see if I could go to the final regional. Obviously I got good news and off we went to Ilinois. It was awesome to get the opportunity but to get 3 tickets and win the overall in Mini Sr 2 was even better.
Who all are you going to be training with prior to the ranch?
I train full time with Matt Walker and Timmy Badour at Moto X Compound. Some of the riders that I train with that are in my classes at Loretta's are Hunter Layton, Crockett Myers and Joshua Varize.
Anything specific you’ll be working on from now until then? Corners? Stamina?
I will mostly be working on my stamina because of being off my bike for several weeks before the regional.
What type of off the bike activities do you do to get in better shape? Running? Swimming? Cycling?
Actually at Moto X we do all three.
So what are you shooting for, results wise, at the biggest national of the year?
I would like to be under the tent every moto and hopefully battle for top 5's. I think with good starts I can achieve these goals.
Motocross can be so demanding; how do you get away from the stress of racing? What do you like to do for fun?
I really enjoy fishing with friends.
Any sponsor’s you’d like to thank?
Most of all I would like to thank Chad Martin and Mike Burgess with Team Sakai Racing. Also thank to MotoSport.com, Viator Performance, 139 Designs, Nihilo Concepts, Answer Racing, Powerband Racing, Lynks Racing, Tagger Designs, Scott Goggles, Illusive Gloves, FMF, ProTaper, Dunlop and Bell Helmets,
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