Coming out of Wisconsin is the #43 of Carter Biese. Carter made his debut at the Baja Brawl where he meant business. Laying it all out on the track, he did exactly what he came to do, win. Carter walked away with a total of 3 championships and was rewarded with the "Spotlight Rider of the Week" award as well. We sat down with Carter to see how things have been going lately and to see what his plans are for the rest of the year.
MP: Talk about your debut at the Baja Brawl, how did that go?
Carter Biese: The Baja Brawl was awesome! I went into it wanting to win but not as an expectation. Friday’s practice didn’t go to good, I fell a lot and just wasn’t putting in good sessions. But by the time Saturday morning rolled around I was on top of my game. I went out and won my first moto of the day followed by a second and another win-- a great start to the weekend! Sunday started the second set of moto’s. I was just in the flow that day. My 9-13 I decided to try some different gearing because I had felt like I was in between gears the day before. I ended up loving it so we stuck with it. In that moto I got a solid start and passed a few people and rode to another moto win. In Mini Sr 2 I started way bad in like 10th and made my way into the lead half way through the 2nd lap, resulting in another moto win. My last moto of the day was Mini Sr 1 which I ended up winning again. The third set of moto’s on Sunday started off great with a great holeshot and moto win in 9-13. Giving me a 1-1-1 and the championship. In Mini Sr 2 I got another good holeshot and passed the leader early on the first lap and cruised to a moto win. I ended that class with a 2-1-1 giving me another championship. My last class of the day (Mini Sr 1) got a little delay due to lightning. The track was kind of greasy so I knew I just need to put in some strong and consistent laps with no falls. I got my first holeshot of the week and was leading until I layed it down in a corner, giving the lead over. Luckily, I was able to stay in second securing me my third title of the week! But what tops it all of is winning the “Spotlight Rider of the Week" award. I wasn't expecting to get it, but I kind of knew about it from different events. I was also thinking someone like Kobusch or Forkner was going to get the award if there was one. So when Pat handed me the award I was super surprised and honored to win it! As far as the afternoon activities at the Brawl, my favorite was the best whip, some of those dudes were upside down! Each and every activity was off the hook! Its “The FUNNEST Race All Year” thanks to Pat and his crew.
MP: Winning championships aren't won by sitting around all day. Tell me what your training regimen is like and how you prepare yourself for races.
Carter Biese: I train on and off the bike, but mostly on the bike at the local private track or the two tracks that my Dad owns. We usually do moto's every time we go ride. My brother and I push each other by my dad putting him in front of me before the moto, hoping by the end I would have caught and passed him. And the opposite for him (He hopes he will hole me off by the end of the moto). This really helps us. Off the bike I usually mountain bike, road bike or workout at home.
MP: What's your plans for the remainder of the season?
Carter Biese: For the remainder of the season I will be racing at my dad's track in Tigerton Wi, the event is called The Throwdown at Sundown, we do best whip contest under the lights along with pit bike racing. We are also still deciding if we are going to Fall Diggity because of Jordan’s injury from the Brawl. Jordan also wants to do the Ironman GNCC in late October, so we might do that. And to finish out the year we will probably do the Mini O's which we have done for the past five years. I will be racing Mini Sr 1 (12-13), Mini Sr 2 (12-14), and Supermini 1 (12-15) throughout the remainder of the season and next season. We will continue to ride here in Wisconsin until the ground freezes or the snow is falling! The key to winning is good food, good rest, and good focus on the track!
MP: Give us a recap of your year and how everything has went so far.
Carter Biese: This year started off at Daytona which was really only one of the first rides for me of the season. Not really a outstanding performance there but I came out with an 8th. That week we were having some bike problems too so that didn't help. Next was AQ’s and Regionals. I ended up with a couple overalls between the AQ's and Regionals. Loretta’s didn't go well at all. I crashed hard in one of my first moto’s and hurt my shoulder pretty bad and I couldn't lift it much at all the rest of the week. Even after that I had a couple top 10 moto finishes. But none of my results showed how I really can ride. That would probably be the race I would have like to change! But other than Loretta's the year has gone pretty well, especially after the Brawl.
MP: Motocross can be hard on a rider, both mentally and physically. What's the most challenging obstacle that comes with racing for you?
Carter Biese: The hardest thing for me is mostly mental. Sometimes I struggle in the second moto’s, but lately we have figure that out. As far as on the bike I still sometimes have my foot on the brake to long into the corner, which I need to fix!
MP: In your free time what other things do you like to do besides race?
Carter Biese: In my free time I like to ride my bicycle with my brother, it's another way for us to compete. Its fun racing each other and challenging each other with things like wheelies. I also like to ride scooters because we also race and jump those too. Last but not least I like mountain biking because it is the closest thing to moto!
MP: How did you first get started in this sport?
Carter Biese: My dad had a PW50 for me before I was even born so I grew up with dirt bikes! I didn't really start riding until I was 5. In my first race I battled it out with some kid named little Johnny for 4th which is where I ended up finishing (there were only 5 kids in the race). For weeks all I talked about was the battle with little Johnny. Ever since I have been racing!
MP: If you could describe yourself using one word, what would it be?
Carter Biese: Competitive
MP: Out of all the places you have rode, where is your favorite place to ride?
Carter Biese: Probably Baja Acres, I love riding in the sand.
MP: Finally, who would you like to thank for helping you out?
Carter Biese: Orange Crush Racing, Nihilo Concepts, Fly Racing, Powersports 1, Dunlop, Scott, Powerband Suspension, Amsoil, Vertex Pistons, Renthal, ODI, FMF, Tamner, Source Imagery, Rekluse, Pit Posse, Hot Rods, FantasyMoto, Club 57, DP Brakes, Judd Bosin, Mom, Dad and my brother.