Team Dunlop Elite athlete, Casey Cochran has been doing everything in his power to make sure he is healed up enough to race regionals. After crashing at an area qualifier and breaking both of his legs Casey has a had a few weeks of down time. The rising star is in physical therapy and making progress.He expects nothing less than the #1 plate this year at Loretta's, if a couple broke legs wont stop him I don't think anything will...
After discussing that she met with me a second time at this session she was prepared to help me make my goal. She had gone home and Google’ed me and found my website and watched all of my videos that RADMX has made for me. She said she learned a lot from watching them and she had a plan for what she needed to do to get my legs race ready. She has come up with all kind of neat things for me to do that simulate my movements on the bike. It really has been helping me. At 4 weeks post breaks she had me up and walking. At first I was being assisted with a walker but now I am able to walk on my own and it has only been 5 weeks. I also have a really good Doctor who is helping me out Dr. Norman Donati, he is a former rider himself so it has been a blessing to have a doctor that understands what it is that I love. After therapy my mom and I come back to the Murphy’s house and I spend the rest of the day working out in the evenings with Chad, Caden and Canon Murphy. Mr. Chad get all of us boys out there is and trying to help keep my endurance up while I am still off of the bike. I also spend a lot of time in the Sandbox building toy dirt bike tracks with my friends. I also spend some time out at the MotoX Compound just listening to Matt Walker while he is doing training during the day. I also spend time talking with Matt helping to keep my mind focused on the goals that I have set for myself. Being that Matt was a pro himself and has had injuries it helps me to talk with him. He also spends time helping me to keep moving around and keeping myself strong. I could not ask for a better trainer than Matt Walker. He has been right here for me during this entire difficult time. I also enjoy getting to see all of the other CompoundKidz and hanging out and watching them ride. (Watching them ride is not a lot of fun because I want to ride with them).
MP: Talk a little more about your injury and how it happened.
Casey Cochran: My injury has been very difficult. I have asked my mom almost everyday if breaking 2 arms would have been better than 2 legs. She says they both are not good. The injuries that I sustained were a broken right femur and a broken left Tibia and a small hairline fracture to my left fib. I was at the Area qualifier at Wildcat creek in Rossville, Indiana and I was in the lead on my Cobra 65 and I slid out after jumping a step up, I was still laying on the ground when I was ran over by another rider and the wheels caught me just above my knee braces on one leg and just below the knee brace on the other leg which broke both of my legs. The doctor at the hospital said if I did not have my knee braces on that it would have been much worse. I was very fortunate that I was airlifted to one of the best Children’s Hospitals in the entire country Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. I had a great surgeon there and she did a great job. I had surgery on both legs, which they inserted titanium flexible nails in both of my legs to hold the bones in place.
MP: Whats your goals for this year?
Casey Cochran: My goal is to be able to race the South Central Regional qualifier. As soon as I get the good to go I am going to spend some time here at Chad Murphy’s track and just get myself back to riding the bike and then back over to the MotoX Compound so Matt Walker can hopefully get me ready to ride. My goals for the year are to Win Loretta Lynn’s. I set that goal for myself last year after the third moto with my dad in the holding area. I was very upset for not getting a podium finish last year and I told my dad I am going to win Loretta’s next year. After I got back to the MotoX Compound, Matt and I got busy on making that goal come true. The injury has been a bit of a set back but I am focused on hopefully being able to finish what I have started. I am also very excited about being chose for Team USA and going to France. There is always good racing over there and I am excited to go back and race again. I will be racing Ponca City and hopefully Loretta’s. I’m also planning on going to race the Canadian Nationals up in Canada and I’m super pumped about going out and racing the Monster Energy Cup Race in October for winning the KTM Challenge in Atlanta. I also love racing the Vurb Classic in Georgia and I always love to close out my year racing Mini O’s down at Gatorback.
MP: how did you first get into racing dirt bikes?
Casey Cochran: I got started riding dirt bikes when I was 2 years old. My granddaddy is a Yamaha/Honda dealer and he gave me a PW50 when I was 2. I did my first arena cross when I was 3. I loved it so much. As soon as I turned 4 I stared racing outdoors. I started trying to qualify for Loretta Lynn’s when I was 5. My granddad raced street bikes for Team Yamaha so racing is in my blood.
Casey Cochran: The most challenging part about training is the hours and the weather. I train for 5 hours a day year round. It is hot in the summer and cold in the winter. However, I love it so much that I don’t mind.
MP: If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be?
Casey Cochran: If I could describe myself in one word it would be determined. When I set my mind to something I will not quit.
MP: If you could go back and change the out come of race, which race would you change?
Casey Cochran: If I could change the outcome of one race it would have been the qualifier at Wildcat Creek this year. I would have made a better line choice so I would not have gone down. This one wreck has really set me back on a goal I have been working on everyday for almost a year.
MP: I'm sure you have rode on many different tracks, some being nationals tracks and others being private tracks. Out of all the places you been, where is your favorite place to ride?
Casey Cochran: My favorite place to ride is Loretta Lynn’s. I love the track so much. The ruts get so deep and I love the different types of dirt on the track.
MP: Finally, who would you like to thank for helping you out?
Casey Cochran: I would love to take a minute to thank a few people. First, I would like to thank Chad and Leslie Murphy. My family moved out of our home in April and 3 weeks later I had my accident and they have opened up their home and took my family in. I cannot say enough good things about this entire family.
I have the best sponsor ever. Thanks to all of them for the help. Dunlop Tires, Cobra Motorcycles, EBR Performance, Answer, Bell, MotoX Compound, Leatt, 100% goggles, Pro Taper, Oset Bikes, RADMX, Motorex, Roost MX, Lake Hill Motors, Lakehill Trackside and Braap supply. Without all of the help from these great companies this would not be possible.