Martin Castelo is an Ecuadorian transplant who currently resides and trains full time in Cairo Georgia at Millsaps Training Facility. Castelo has been putting up solid showings in a stacked A Class this year and hopes that his hard work and committed spirit lands him on top of the box at the Dude Ranch next month. Mentally and physically strong, Castelo is making the best of his time while in the States and making his name known in the amateur scene. We checked in to get to know the #130 a little better before Loretta's.
At 4 we had a gym session and today was leg day. We got done at about 5 and did some stretching and rolling. Then me and Keith Tucker went to get some dinner in Thomasville and then to Publix after to get some groceries for the rest of the week. I got back to my camper and watched some moto videos and GoPros from Loretta's, it's coming quick but I feel like I'll be ready when the time comes. After that I took a shower, Face Timed my parents and did some bible study right before falling asleep!
MP: Let's talk about your training, what's it like?
Martin Castelo: I'm a full time rider at the Millsaps Training Facility and live in a little town called Cairo, Georgia. We usually ride either at MTF or MTF2 which is a property with some SX tracks and an outdoor track. It's been mostly motos and sprints for the last month or so for myself and all the pro guys, I'm lucky enough to get to ride with a real good group of people. And it's been going awesome I feel really strong on the bike, probably better than ever before. Every time I get on the track I put all my focus into my weaknesses and try to make them strengths so it's been going good!
Aboard the #151 Horton Racing backed Yamaha is 18 year old Ryan Surratt from Corona, California. Surratt has been on the mend lately do to having four torn ligaments in his ankle from Freestone. Now back on the gas Ryan is feeling better than ever on the bike. With Mammoth right around the corner, he is ready to put his yamaha on the top step of the podium. We caught up with Ryan to see what he's been up to lately and what his plans are for the rest of the year.
MP: How has this year treated you so far?
that I had 4 torn ligaments in my ankle so I went home and took 5 weeks off and now I just started riding again and couldn't feel better on the bike. I raced all 3 pro classes and I won a moto and not to sure on how I finished in the others.
Hailing from Minnesota is the athlete of the #29 Honda known as Henry Miller. Henry made the long haul back to Minnesota after Spring Nationals to stay on his training and get as much gate time as possible. Last weekend he raced at Millville bringing home the overall win in all of his classes, 250 A, Open a, and 14-24 A. Miller is looking to redeem himself this year at Loretta's and is putting in the work, both on and off the bike to help him get prepared. We caught up with Henry to see what he's got planned for the rest of this year.
Henry Miller: Well after the spring nationals I came home to Minnesota and I actually got together with Christian Craig and his physical trainer John Wesseling so I have been with them working out and riding we have been killing the 2 hour road bike rides and lots of mountain biking and we get in the gym to do a gnarly core work out at least once a week depending on the weather!!
MP: Talk about your last race and how it went.
Henry Miller: The last race I did was memorial weekend at Millville in Minnesota and it was sweet Saturday, the track was perfect and the weather was great but come Sunday soon as the first motos started it started raining so it turned into a little mud but it was lots of fun I raced 250 A, open A and 14-24 A and won all three but I had to work for the open A win, I had to battle with Teddy Mair for a lap or two but it was all fun, then Monday rolled around and it was looking really muddy from it raining all Sunday but once the races got going track shaped up to be super sick but I only raced the open A and 14-24 A and I won them both that day to!!!