Coming From Oak Hills, California is the #551 of Jeremy Byrne. Jeremy dislocated his shoulder shortly before regionals, leaving him on the side lines this year for Lorettas. Now back in action, we got the chance to catch up with the outdoor enthusiast to see what his plans are for the rest of this year, leading into 2016.
Jeremy Byrne: My training mostly consists of outdoor activities. I love to ride so doing long motos is my #1 training. I also live in the mountains with many trails available for mountain biking. I spend a lot of time building and running an obstacle course in my yard and I recently joined a CrossFit Gym. My plan was to hit the training hard this summer and get in good shape. So far it’s going great!
MP: Give me a recap on the year as a whole, how has been so far?
Jeremy Byrne: My plan for this year was to ride the Amateur Nationals in the A class, get my Pro License, go to Lorettas and then maybe do a couple Pro Nationals. Unfortunately, injuries kept me from Texas and Lorettas, but all my other races went well. I had some great battles at California Classic and ended up finishing 3rd in 450 Pro and I got my AMA Pro License. I also had a great year in school, maintaining my 4.0 GPA and having awesome adventures in climbing.
MP: You missed Lorettas, the biggest amateur National in the United States, that had to be hard one to watch from the sidelines. Talk about your injury and how it's treating you now.
Jeremy Byrne: This injury happened at pala during the last week of may off of that darn tall lump. When I landed my right shoulder completely dislocated out of its joint. A few days later I got an MRI and the doctor said that I tore my labrum (whatever that is) and he then gave me two options. I could either get surgery which will end up taking four months before riding again or i could just let it heal on it's own. In the end I think that i made the right choice in just letting it heal on it's own. This took about three and a half weeks of resting resulting in less than a weeks time of training before mammoth. Since then I've felt great! I started cross fit and it has done nothing but get stronger.
MP: Let's talk about your last race, where was it and how did it go?
Jeremy Byrne: My last race was at Mammoth. I’d been out with a shoulder injury but was NOT going miss my favorite race! I had a great time as always - solid finishes, 6th in Open Pro Sport and 7th in 250, even though my conditioning was off.
MP: What's your plans for the remainder on year, leading into next year?
Jeremy Byrne: My plan is to continue to get stronger and faster on the bike. Since I got my Pro License, it would be fun to ride the USGP at Glen Helen. My objective for 2016 is to ride the A class for another year, go to Lorettas and maybe get to a Pro National.
MP: how did you first get into this sport of racing dirt bikes?
Jeremy Byrne: Basically, I was born into motocross. My Mom and Dad both rode every weekend and they brought me to the track from the time I was 2 weeks old. I started out on one of those electric quads and buzzed around the pits terrorizing everyone until I could actually ride. I loved to climb into the track Dozers and mess with the controls, like I was the man in charge! My first race was when I was 5 years old at the LACR Pee Wee track. There were 14 kids stuffed into a 12 man gate and I remember battling with Colton Aeck. He was a big kid compared to me (I think he was 8) and I was in front of him. So he just plowed me over! For a long time afterward I was pretty sore at him but I now get a big kick out of it. Whenever I see Colton I joke about it and he, to this day, has no idea what I’m talking about!
MP: What's the most challenging obstacle that comes with racing?
Jeremy Byrne: Time is the most challenging obstacle I face in motocross. Finding the time for school, riding, racing, training, hobbies and sleeping is very difficult. I need a clone to get it all done! Luckily my girlfriend, my family and her family all love to do what I love to do and that makes things fun, even though it’s challenging.
MP: Out of all the places you have rode, where is your favorite place to ride?
Jeremy Byrne: What I love the most is finding a new place to ride. Last summer we went to Canada and I got to ride at many new tracks, the best of which was Whispering Pines MX in Kamloops B.C. Here in the USA, my favorite track has to be Mammoth MX. I just love being there in the mountains with so much fun stuff to do.
MP: If you could describe yourself using one word, what would it be?
Jeremy Byrne: Intelligent
MP: Who would you like to thank for helping you out?
Jeremy Byrne: The biggest thank-you goes to my Mom and Dad. They have done so much for me, including moving to an area where I can ride and play anytime. Also, my girlfriend Raelyn and her family. Chris Cole from Cole Equipment Rental gives me great support. I’d also like to thank Answer Racing, Factory Backing, Rekluse Clutches, Maxima, Noleen J-6, Varner Motorsports, Scott Goggles, Simi Cycles, FMF and John at XLT.