The #229 of Mitchell Harrison is no rookie to racing the most prestigious amateur motocross race in the Nation. Harrison will be making his debut in the Open Pro Sport and 250 A classes, with the fastest kids amongst the nation, all having the same goal, to WIN. We caught up with the Team Green Kawasaki backed athlete to see how he plans to glorify his visit to the ranch by leaving with a #1 plate.
Mitchell Harrison: My home Base is at Georgia Practice Facility but i like to move around everywhere so I'm not just in one place, been going to MotoX Compound a lot. And my off the bike training has been amazing as well, me and Justin Boyd have been working together and I feel better than ever. I Don't want to give out what I do specifically but just know that I'll be stronger than ever going into Lorettas ready for war!
2014 Loretta Lynn National Champion of the College B/C (16-24) Class was crowned to the #60 of Stone Edler. Stone has been preparing to come back and make a repeat of last years outcome and leave a champion. With every class being stacked with talent from across the Nation, we sat down with Stone to see what he's been up to and how he plans to dominate at the Ranch.
Stone Edler: I train at MTF, I've been there for 4 years now it's a great facility with some great people, we do all kinds of stuff there on the track we do anything and everything from backwards motos to slow wheelies and foot down anything to get better on the bike and in the gym we have a great trainer, tony he is a retired navy seal and we have a big variety of things we do in the gym, lately it's been going really good I think I found the speed I needed to find in order to be a contender in the A class
After making it to the ranch 9 years in a row, Cameron Cannon will be skipping out his 10th year due to breaking both of his wrist after his bike malfunctioned while going over a jump. We caught up with the MotoX Compound rider to see what has been going on lately and what his plans are for the rest of the year.
Cameron Cannon: It is such a bummer that I’m not at Matt’s facility training away like all my friends and competitors. I had been training hard and putting in the time and effort before the accident. A normal day at MotoX Compound starts around 7:30 a.m. with breakfast (which is usually eggs, eggs and more eggs) and then a tough workout at 8 a.m. with our trainer, Bubby. We then suit up and ride from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. with a short lunch break. Every day is different with Matt, one day we may do motos, another day technique and corner track, another day we may go to a different track to ride. Matt mixes it up and keeps it from being boring and the same thing every week. After riding session, I then have to wash the bike and get it ready for the next day. I’ll then hop on my road bike to ride with some of the other riders training there. I’ll make me a Ryno Power protein shake after biking and usually throw something healthy on the grill for my dinner.
MP: Lorettas is right around the corner, will you be able to race?
Cameron Cannon: So you can imagine the timing couldn’t be worse for getting hurt. It is such a bummer that I won’t be able to race Loretta’s in a few weeks. This was my 10th year making it in a row, and I was training hard and feeling good about my riding going in to Loretta’s. I was going to race Schoolboy 2 and 250B Stock.
KTM Orange Brigade backed athlete, Luke Purther has been on the grind training for the upcoming worlds largest amateur motocross national held at Loretta Lynn's next week. We caught up with Luke to see what he's been up to lately and how he plans to dominate at Lorettas.
Luke Purther: I do most of my training at home and at local tracks. My house is where off the bike training takes place, mountain biking, rowing, and cardio. I've never visited a gym but plan on starting soon.
MP: You came to Camp Boom Diggity, what was your thoughts on the camp?
Luke Purther: My experience at camp boom diggity was AMAZING, man I went 2 years ago and thought it couldn't get any better. Well they pulled it off and made it even more awesome! Such a great time with great people!
MP: What's your plans for the rest of this year?
Luke Purther: Get ready for Loretta's, And possibly the monster energy cup following after. I hope to podium at both of these races.
MP: You have been a part of the Moto scene for quite sometime now, tell us where it all got started.
Luke Purther: I first got started racing motocross when I was 7 years old. I chose motocross because me and my dad would sit and watch Ricky Carmichael, that is when he bought me my first bike, a pw50. I did laps around my yard on it until my dad noticed I had a natural talent at this. My first race took place at Racetown 395 on the pw and turns out I took the win. Fast forward to 2015 and now my talent will no longer get me through Motos, but training will
MP: What other things do you like to do in your free time besides racing?
Luke Purther: In my free time I like to hang out with friends, go hunting, love to fish, and shooting guns is probably my favorite!
MP: What's the biggest challenge that comes with racing?
Luke Purther: The biggest challenge I have noticed with training is being mentally dedicated, if your heads not in it you won't be able to work hard. Same thing goes for racing, if your not mentally ready to race you won't be your best on the track.
MP: Out of all the places you have rode, where is your favorite place to throw a leg over a dirt bike and shred up the dirt?
Luke Purther: By far my favorite place to ride is at Camp Boom Diggity!
MP: Finally, who would you like to thank for helping you out?
Luke Purther: I wouldn't be able to do this sport without my parents, the lord Jesus Christ, and all my amazing sponsors. Orange brigade KTM, Thousand Oaks powersports, fly racing, Evs, Dunlop, arma energy, fmf, Eks brand goggles, dubya, Alpinestars, motorex, nihilo concepts, cfx seats, motion pro, acerbis, Ebr performance, talon sprockets, Tm designworks, dt1 filter service, vertex Pistons, cometic gasket, full spectrum, brettdowney safety foundation, pro taper, shoei.
Backed by the KTM Orange Brigade is the #33 of Derek Drake. Derek broke his arm at the California Classic. With competing at Mammoth we took the chance to sit down with Derek to see how things are going and how things are looking for the rest of the season.
mountain bike ride, and I ride 3 times a week, we don't have much tracks around all we have is Zaca on the central coast and some private tracks training has been good and I'm super excited for lorretas!
Zane Merrett rider of the #29 Horton Racing backed Yamaha Recently returned back home in Texas after attending Motoplayground's Camp Boom Diggity. With Lorettas coming up in 2 weeks we got the full scoop on what he's been up to and how he plans to finish on the top step of the podium at the ranch.
MP: Lorettas is right around the corner,what classes are you racing in and what's it going to take to land the #29 Yamaha on top of the box?
Coming from Benton City, Washington is the #583 of Johnathon Shaw. Johnathon had an outstanding performance in the Amsoil Arenacross Series where he came home with a championship in Open C and 250 C, and was runner up in Schoolboy 2. The Washington athlete came up short in making it to loretta's this year but plans to keep on the grind and focus on getting faster as he plans to race in the B class this year in Arenacross.
Johnathon Shaw: My training consists of going to Rackley Sports Preformance Training on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-7:30. Brian Rackley is an awesome fitness trainer and has helped me out a lot. I also train with Scot Steffy of Steffy MX training when I can. He has helped me out for a long time now. I also ride when I can in between races, baseball.
MP: Talk about your last race and how it went
Johnathon Shaw: My last race was at Washougal MX park for the area qualifier. It was my first outdoor race in 2 months do to racing the Amsoil AX series. Was rusty for sure! My first moto was going great when I crashed my brains out going up horse power hill. I had a pretty good lead when I hit a wet spot and swapped out. Got up and still finished ok. Over all it was a rough weekend but still pulled out a couple overall wins and 2 top 5’s. I raced the 250C and 450C classes.
MP: What's your goals for this year?
Johnathon shaw: My first goal for 2015 was to make it to Vegas for AX and finish on the podium. I did that so now it’s on to the Loretta regional at Washougal in June. If I make it to Loretta’s we will go there and if not we will race Amateur days at Washougal instead. This fall we will try and go to Dodge National Race in Rancho Cordova CA. In the winter I will be racing AX again in the B classes.