Unfortunately the words motocross and injury are unavoidably synonymous. With the inherent risk we each face every time we get on the bike, it is not if it will happen, but when. Pain and injuries are something that Tyler Enticknap has grown familiar too, recently going under the knife for an ACL repair. Although currently on the mend, Enticknap is as determined as ever. Realizing what he has accomplished as well as the constantly growing list of things he wants to, the potential for greatness is as present in Tyler as anyone. With a third of his recovery time behind him, he's watching the hour glass fill and chomping at the bit to be able to saddle back up and continue his endeavors as a professional motocross and Supercross racer.
Tyler Enticknap: I tore my ACL at Dodge Amateur National in a corner. After I knew I tore my ACL, I made the decision to try to ride and prepare for the 2015 Supercross season. I was doing really good for about two months. Then one day out at Castillos Supercross track I whipped it over a triple and landed it fine but I twisted my knee again and damaged it more. I took about two or three weeks off and decided to try to ride and I tweaked it again! So I had to go in and get it fixed. I had Surgery the day before A1, did my rehab, and got cleared to workout and exercise. I am now around two months in and I have four months to go.
MP: You and #722 [Adam Enticknap] have been at it for a hot minute. Tell me about how you two got your start in the sport?
Tyler Enticknap: Me and My bro started around three years old. We didn't do our first Amateur National until I was ten and he was twelve. It was the World Mini Grand Prix back when it was in Las Vagas. We did horrible, I got like 17th in 7-11 85 class in the LCQ and he got like 20th in 125cc beginner LCQ.
But that was a big turning point in both of our lives. After that race we wanted to get faster and get on that national level. Now looking back on me and Addy's first national we ever did...we have came so far and we have so far to go.
MP: What's next for you Tyler? Once you're all healed up when and where will we see you lining up? Do you have any plans or goals at this point?
Tyler Enticknap: I have no plans on racing right now. My goals right now are to get 100 percent healthy, get in shape, have less then 20% body fat, be mentally strong, and be ready to ride my dirt bike in June. When I start riding, I need to get my technique back on my bike and build back up for the upcoming season.
MP: With the competitive state moto is in right now...what do you think it's going to take to edge out the competition and land on the box?
Tyler Enticknap: I have been thinking about this a lot actually. The competition is so deep and every year it is getting deeper. It's going to take two to three years of total commitment by yourself and in your program to beat or reach those top guys.
MP: You've been with Fly Racing for quite some time now. Explain your relationship with them and what it's like to work with a company such as Fly Racing.
MP: There's so many great things I can say about Fly Racing. I have been with Fly for seven years! I went through the Amateur program with Rodney and now I am in the Pro program with Max. Fly Racing is one of the best companies to be sponsored by in my opinion. They always take care of all their riders. I love their gear and now they also have the New Fly Sector boot!!!
MP: Let us know who all of the great people helping you guys make the Enticknap racing effort a possibility?
Tyler Enticknap: I want to give a special thanks to BTO Sports for supporting me, I couldn't do it without them and I also want to thank everyone that has came out to my Ride Days at my house! Thank you!
BTO Sports, Fly Racing, Scott USA, Pro Circuit, Rekluse, ODI, No-Toil, Dunlop, Mind-FX, Acerbis, Galfer, Sunstar, Dubya, Honda, Astriks, Maxmia, Works Connection, Enticknap Family, Jacobs Family, Firpo Family, Amen Van Dyck ,Dark Horse Pros and Cruz Control.
MP: Thanks a ton for your time, heal up fully and quickly, and get back to ripping!
Tyler Enticknap: Hey thank you!!!