Coming from the mini-cycle hotbed Bakersfield, CA is the #199 of Ryder Difrancesco, his long hair swingin' with a big smile on his face, Ryder has a passion for holding that #1 plate above his head.
Ryder recently finished up a stint in Texas at the Freestone Spring National where he brought home two championships, one in 65cc (7-9) Limited and one in 65cc (7-9). We took the opportunity to catch up with Mr. DiFrancesco and see what the future holds for this little California ripper.
MP: let's talk about Spring Nationals.. which one is your favorite and why?
Ryder Difrancesco: My favorite spring national is Freestone, I love the track because I love the dirt, it gets rutty, and it's a technical track, I love technical tracks. I did really good there too this year. My second favorite Spring National this year was Oakhill. For some reason I really liked it this year, I never have in the past. I also like California Classic obviously because it's at Glen Helen and it's one of my home tracks.
MP: Freestone treated you good, walking away with two more championships under your belt. Walk me through how your week went there.
Ryder Difrancesco: Well we got a very short practice because they were suppose to get a lot of rain, but practice went ok, I just needed to get my speed up during my races. My first race was the first moto in the 65 stock and I won by 30 sec. My second race was the 65 mod.. I got a fourth place start and made the pass for second in about the third turn. At that time I started hunting down first. I stayed in second for two laps, on the third lap I took an inside rut and made the pass for first, I checked out and raced to the checkers.
My third race was the final stock race, I got a second place start, I stayed in second for three laps, on the fourth lap in the back of the track by the sweeper, first place got in a bad rut, his feet came off the pegs and I made the pass on the outside rut. I had one lap to go and I knew he was coming, I was dealing with lapped riders but I knew I had to be smart, I raced to the checkers. My final race was my favorite, it was my final 65 mod race, it poured all night long and the track was a swamp. Coming from Cali, I was like oh no! As soon as I did my sight lap I knew I could do it. I got the holeshot and rode my own race just knowing I had to stay on two wheels. I had the most fun racing in the mud. Bring on the mud races! Haha!!
MP: With all the success you've had throughout the years, what's your secret to winning championships?
Ryder Difrancesco: Of course you've got to work hard off the track, and especially in practice. I practice my corners a lot and work on different things that are important to win races. I'm not a stressed kind of racer, I am a thinker, and an analyzer. I stay calm on the line and don't get too worked up. When the gate drops I just want to be out front.
MP: Being out front first is always important when it comes to winning. Talk about what it's like being apart of the Dunlop Elite team and what they do for you.
Ryder Difrancesco: I have been apart of the Dunlop Elite team since I was five years old, I have a really good relationship with Rob, Jeff and the crew, I really like Marshall, but he's always at the pro races. I think being a part of the Dunlop team is important, they have the number one tires, and to have someone like them be on your side is awesome! They always want what's best for me, so I try my best for them. They gave the best tire for the mud, that not everyone had. I loved the tire!!
MP: Sounds like fun! if you could describe yourself using one sentence what would it be?
Ryder Difrancesco: I am just a long haired boy that likes to have fun.
MP: What's the rest of the year look like for #199 bike?
Ryder Difrancesco: I am racing the California Classic, and getting ready for Loretta regionals, and then racing Mammoth which is my family's favorite place to go. My number one goal for 2015 is to stay healthy. I would like to win the rest of the Nationals, and of course Lorettas.
MP: I'm sure you have some people helping you out, give them a shout out for all the do for you.
Ryder Difrancesco: My mom and dad, my dad works his butt off to make things work for me. Kawasaki, Team Green, Hubert's Lemonade, Pro-Circuit, Dunlop Elite, DC shoes, Thor, Parts Unlimited, Scott, Alpinestars, 6D, Ethika, Ogio, Traxxas, Acerbis, Renthal, NTS, MMI, Maxima USA, Nihilio, Leatt, Mercedes, Matt Walker. A big thanks to Bobby Nichols and Nate Hawley for leading me in the right direction.