Switching things up a little bit, from a Kawasaki to a Factory Connection backed Honda150r is the #122 of Carson Mumford. Carson recently switched to Honda after getting offered a deal he couldn't refuse. With a lot of testing on the new bike, we caught up with the upcoming star to see how things are going and what his plans are for the rest of the year.
MP: Motoplayground checking in. What's going on today?
Carson Mumford: I got up at 6:00am and headed out to Pala. I got there around 9:30. Got some training in with my trainer Buddy Antunez and some of my MX buddies like Conner Mullinex. Then we left and stopped at one of my favorite deli's. Its in a gas station out at Pala. Then we went to the Geico shop to drop off my bikes and they worked on a few things before we left. Did some homework on some down time at Geico. GOt home at 7:30 and Im about to take a shower and get in bed....off to school in the am.
MP: An education is always important. How has school been going?
Carson Mumford: School is school..... I go to a public charter school. I have school Tuesday thru Friday and my teachers are really understanding if I have to miss for motocross stuff. My favorite subject is math cause it comes easy to me and I like that there is a right or wrong answer you don't have to analyze it to much.
MP: Talk a little more about your training and what it consist of.
Carson Mumford: On the track I train with Budman and the crew at Milestone, Perris, Glen Helen, and Pala. Budman has his set training agenda. We usually starts with a Moto, then we work sections and finish up with Motos. After Lorettas the main things that changed is the length of the motos. The motos shorter and we also don't wear sweat shirts. Things have been going really well. Im just working on getting my new bike set up and learning all about 4 strokes. Off the track I rode bike and and meet with a personal trainer usually 2 times a week. Its more of a cross fit type of work out.
MP: Where was your last race at, and how did it go?
Carson Mumford: I went to the Vurb Classic in Oatfield this past weekend. It went really well considering I have only been on the new bike for 6 days. We still have tons of bike testing and set-up to get done but I really love riding my 150 and think there are great things to come from that bike. The track was super rough which was a bit of a challenge since we haven't had time to get the suspension set up but I was able to be up front and win a moto so I'm pretty pumped about my future on my 150.
MP: Give us a recap on your week at the Ranch and how it went overall.
Carson Mumford: My week at Lorettas was pretty solid. Practice went well. In my first practice I set the fastest lap by 2 seconds, so I was feeling pretty good. My first moto wasn't the best but the week only got better as the days went on. I grabbed 2 hole shots and that was a first...so that felt amazing! My mechanic Zack Freeberg really knew how to get me pumped and help me rocket off the gate. The track was the roughest it ever has been since I have been racing there. It kinda fit my style cause it was a bit more technical so I wasn't too mad at the track. The hot weather got to me a bit this year. I did have a bit of heat stroke after one of my late afternoon motos.....came back to the motorhome really dizzy and threw up. Hanging out in the pits at LL is different than any other race. All the big names are there so it's a chance to hang out with everyone and see what they have been up to. Swimming in the creek is never an option...my dad thinks it will kill me.
MP: Talk about your recent signing with Honda and how the new bike is treating you.
Carson Mumford: Switching bikes has been one of the most exciting and heart breaking decisions I have ever made. I really loved my Kawaski family and have made friends that I will have forever. But honestly when Geico sent me over the contract after Lorettas it was something that I never thought would be possible. I never thought at 13 years old I would be signing a 6 year deal ....it kinda takes a bit of the stress away knowing that I don't have to worry about not getting picked up every year...But on the other hand I do stress because I want to get the results and show Geico they made the right choice.
The difference between the two are the 4 strokes have more torque out of the corners and it has an engine break. I LOVE the sound of the 4 stroke....especially on the starts.
MP: Will you be racing Monster Cup this year?
Carson Mumford: Yes my plan is to race Monster Cup. That race is super cool....I love going through the pits and seeing all the mx fans. That race is the real deal ....Coming into the stadium with the crowd cheering is indescribable and is something I look forward to experiencing again this year. When I'm lined up at the gate my adrenaline is super high and I just keep telling myself "fight for it" "get to the turn first". The huge triples are gnarly, you kinda just have to hit it and hope for the best. As you come off the jump you either think "yes I got it" or "oh man, Im I gonna break a leg". This year I think I should be able to finish top 3 but I definitely want to walk away with the win, so Im gonna give it all I got
MP: What's your plans for the remainder of the season?
Carson Mumford: I plan to get in tons of testing on my 150r. We hope to race Monster Cup, Mini O's, Freestone, .........
MP: Give us a recap on your year so far and how it has went as a whole.
Carson Mumford: Starting off in January things got ugly..... I took a crash and lacerated my spleen and spent a few days in the hospital. I missed Freestone and that was a bummer. The Loretta regional qualifier was a day to remember. I won 8 out of 8 races and lined up against some of the fastest guys in my class. Mammoth was descent. I now hold the record for the most hole shots.....10. I think I need to figure that track out a little better next year and learn how to keep my speed up the entire track. I finished out the year with a 3rd overall and a Championship at Lorettas, so I would have to say Im pretty stoked with that .
MP: Talk about being on Team Dunlop Elite, and what it's like to be on such a supportive team.
Carson Mumford: Team D is awesome. You know you don't have to worry about burning your tire on the gate to get the best starts and it gives me extra confidence knowing I have the best tire out there. Rob Fox is a super cool dude. I love hanging with him and he is always there to support me which means a lot to me.
MP: Out of all the places you have been, where is your favorite place to ride?
Carson Mumford: My favorite place would have to be Loretta's. I like how it has different types of dirt.
MP: I know you have a healthy list of sponsors helping you out, who would you like to thank?
Carson Mumford: Amsoil Honda Factory Connection,Yoshimura, Dunlop, DC, Troy Lee, Alpinestar, Go Pro, EKS Brand, Leatt, Pro Tauper, Asterix and Motoplayground.