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.
MP: How has this year treated you so far?
MP: What's your goals for the rest of the year?
Cameron Cannon: I am not sure when the doctor will release me to ride, but I would like to race Baja, Vurb Classic, Monster Energy Cup, and Mini O’s. I want to prove to myself, my sponsors, and my competitors that I can come back 100% and be competitive in this class the rest of this year.
MP: How did you first get started in this sport?
Cameron Cannon: My neighbor down the street had an 80cc dirt bike that he would ride me around the neighborhood on. My parents got me my first dirt bike for my 6th birthday---Honda XR50. I would ride it around my back yard and jump leaf piles with it. My family didn’t know anything about dirt bikes or racing or anything about this sport. A month before I turned 7, my dad took me to a local MX track and threw my dirt bike in the back of the truck for kicks. Someone talked my dad into signing me up to race; remember that I had only ridden in my back yard. I lined up against the Cobra and KTM 50 race bikes with my Honda XR50. And you can picture me with mismatched gear on and no chest protector or neck brace. The gates dropped, and I won that race and 2 more that day. And the rest is history….my bikes have gotten bigger and faster, and I now look good in my matched Thor gear and stylish 100% goggles on my green machine (Thanks Kawasaki, Thor and 100%)!
MP: What is the most challenging obstacle that comes with training and racing?
Cameron Cannon: I just experienced one of them which is you are always taking a risk when you get on a dirt bike and go fast and jump far. You can get injured due to an error on your, the rider’s part, or something happens with the bike that causes you to wreck. Either way, injuries are part of this sport, and there is never a good time to be out with an injury. Because so many riders are now training at facilities and on a full time basis, I think the speed of top competitors has gotten faster. And that means you have to train at faster speeds and learn how to ride “on the edge” without falling. I also think that bikes have gotten faster, tracks have gotten faster, and unfortunately, I think more injuries, some serious, are happening as a result.
MP: What other things do you like to do in your free time, besides racing?
Cameron Cannon: I am lucky because I have my racing friends who I can hang out with all week, and then I have a group of friends at home in Anderson, SC that I hang out with on the weekends. I just learned how to wake board this summer which is so much fun. We’ll hang out at the lake nearby and go swimming, wake boarding, jet skiing, and just riding boats around. We will also go mountain biking on some trails not too far from where I live. I am pretty active and not one to sit around the house. We are always out doing something.
MP: Describe yourself using one word
Cameron Cannon: Lady-killer. Just kidding…Determined.
MP: Out of all the places you have ridden on, where's your favorite place to ride?
Cameron Cannon: James Stewart’s track at his house. It was an awesome experience and just an incredible track to ride.
MP: Finally, you have some people helping you out, who would you like to thank?
Cameron Cannon: First off, I always thank God for protecting me and for this wonderful life that I have. I am forever grateful to my parents for their love, time and money that they have sacrificed for me. Then I want to thank all my incredible sponsors who believe in me and stand by me even when injured: Monster Energy, Aaron Nixon, Kawasaki , ProCircuit, Thor, 100% Goggles, Bell helmets, Nihilo, EVS, Pirelli, ProTaper, Liquid Performance, MotoX Compound, Strideline Socks, Ryno Power, AP Designs, Panic Rev, Pro-Motion Suspension, Anderson Motorsports.