The new year is upon us and that ultimately means a new race season also. As with the leaves, riders bikes change colors almost as often, something Sean Cantrell is experiencing now. Several months back Sean switched to from summer green to an autumn orange, now spinning the #37 on a Troy Lee Designs, Lucas Oil, Red Bull supported KTM. Although he will be lining up in one of the most heated classes known to amateur moto this year, Sean is looking into the year with great optimism. In the past twelve months, change has surrounded the Cantrell family. From new houses to new bikes and sponsors, Sean is now completely settled in and the competition better boot up because he's coming with the goods in 2015.
Sean Cantrell: I haven't been on a baseball field in a couple years. I miss baseball a lot and I always ask my older brother to take me to the field and take a few swings. It's hard to find a time that we both aren't busy though. I moved from Newbury Park, California to Murrieta, California the week before Loretta Lynn's in 2014. That was a pretty insane time to move but we are all settled in now and I couldn't be happier with the house and location. I live really close to most of the tracks now and also only live a few off ramps away from the Troy Lee Designs shop so that makes it super easy on us.
MP: The race season is clicking off gears and stretching closer to the true start for you guys as amateur nationals are just weeks away. Where all will we see the #37 machine line up in 2015? You're in one of the most stacked classes in amateur motocross now. Some who have entered before you, some after, and some at the same time. Experience aside, there are a ton of guys who could log a win. What are your thoughts on the competition for this race season?
Sean Cantrell: As we all know the spring nationals are coming up here very shortly. I can not wait to get out there and race all the top guys again. The B and Schoolboy class is filled with talent. It will be very interesting to see who all will walk away with some moto wins and titles. It will be very hard for just one rider to dominate this whole year because the whole top ten can win races. I'm looking forward to showing my ability and seeing everyone else's. Quite a few B class riders have been in SoCal training for the upcoming races and they've all been going really fast, so like I said it will be interesting to see what happens. I will be going to Oak hill and Freestone and I'm hoping there will be some good racing going on.
MP: Speaking of your bikes, you're now on a Troy Lee Designs, Lucas Oil, Red Bull backed KTM. Not only did you switch manufacturers but you've also acquired many new sponsors during this transition. Tell me about your thoughts on the new KTM's and the team as a whole.
Sean Cantrell: With the whole Troy Lee Designs, Lucas Oil, Red Bull, KTM team behind me I think I will do really well this year. I'm so stoked to be apart of this team. I couldn't be happier with the team and all the effort they all put in. The bike feels amazing. My WP suspension has been working really well. The motors are super fast and I'm just all around thrilled on how well everything is going.
MP: If you were asked to explain yourself using one sentence, what would it say?
Sean Cantrell: If I were to explain myself using one sentence I would say that I am very hard on myself. I could come back from practice and my parents or anyone could say how good I rode but I would be upset because I messed up in a corner or something like that. I'm never satisfied with my riding. I always want to be better.
MP: Your desire to always be better and push it certainly shines through in your riding. Let me know all of those awesome sponsors that help you make your racing effort possible.
Sean Cantrell: I would like to thank the whole Troy Lee, Lucas Oil, Redbull, KTM team for taking such good care of me through this off season. I'd also like to thank Dunlop, FMF, WP Suspension, Oakley, Alpinestar, Renthal, Adidas, Gopro, and of course my mom and and dad.
MP: Thanks for your time Sean, we look forward to hearing and seeing you on top of the box this year.
Sean Cantrell: Yeah it's no problem man, any time!