Words / Photos: Mills
Michigan’s own, Jacob Grzebinski, has been putting in the hours and has the mindset to do work this season. Having the one and only MotoX Compound’s Matt Walker on his side, the Rock River Yamaha/Monster Army rider, has all the preparation and training to get many wins this motocross season. With loving family and a great racing team behind him, Grizz is feeling invincible.
It's so dope when we're all battling and swapping positions. When we come up to a big jump, we check up for it to let each other throw down. There's like 3 of us in the air at once just getting nasty, then as soon as we land we get back to battling! But back to Walker, I'm going tell you how it is. The guy is crazy, but I LOVE IT. Even when the track has gone to shit he still finds a way to challenge us and make the best out of it. I remember a time when the track was dry as a bone and he went out there and watered the piss out of it. We’re all sitting there like what the hell. He's gets out of the water truck smiling and says “let’s do it boys!” We line up on the gate with no sight lap, and he says “this is what first motos are like at the nationals, here we go!" The gate drops and it’s on. I love this place. There is no place in the world I would rather train at. Sorry everybody, but Walker is the man!
MP: Sounds like a killer guy to have on your side of the ropes! With all this preparation and training,
what’s the big plan for 2015?
MP: So you've been riding on the Rock River Yamaha program for a while now, what has it been like riding for them?
Jacob: It's getting better. I started out on the 10’-13’ style Yamaha, and they weren't the best things in the world, but I had to make it work. Now Yamaha came out with the 2014’s-15’s. Wow, I don't think I would want to ride a different brand bike ever. I just recently switched my suspension company. I was having some suspension issues at the tracks last year and now that I'm with Enzo racing, I've never felt more alive on a bike. Hopefully that bike can take me to the front of the pack. Rock River is awesome! I love what they do for the sport and do for the riders. They’re always at the events so if you ever need anything, Mike DuClos is always there and ready to help. I remember one time there was this little kid who wasn't really fast at the track, couldn't get his bike running right, and Mike stayed there to fix his bike while he missed his own motos. To me, watching that meant the world because Mike has so much heart for all the riders and the sport. So that's why I'm proud to be a part of Rock River!
MP: Having all this great support behind you, and also having one of the most premier tracks in Michigan literally in your backyard, do you think your family owning Baja Mx has been a beneficial factor in your success?
Jacob: My family is my beneficial factor to all my success. They put so much time and hard work into my racing that I hate talking to them about it. I feel so bad of how much they do for me and I just try my hardest to show them I’m trying too. Having Baja in my backyard is nice but like anything, it gets boring. Having Baja definitely motivated me to ride more and get faster. I hate when people say "you’re going to let some other kid beat you on your own track", so that fueled my fire to keep getting faster. Baja has made me the rider I am today and made me tough and able to go fast on really rough tracks since I grew up on it. Also Baja has given me a very good childhood. Growing up at the track I loved it. I wouldn't change it for anything. It just makes me... me. I don't ride Baja as much as everyone thinks I do. I only ride on some practice days and almost no race days, because I'm always traveling for the big races. I just like to go slam some sand berms and get wild off some big jumps, and hang it out a little. But do I really think Baja is the reason I am who “I AM” today? No I don't. My parents raised me the best that they could and taught me everything. I know they’re a little crazy sometimes, but "back off" there allowed to be kids too. My dad still feels 19. He told me one day he woke up and looked in the mirror, and couldn't believe that it was him. He said "what the hell happened? I look 50 but I still think like I'm 19!” All that has nothing to do with my success, but I just felt like telling everyone about my father, because my mom and my dad made me who I am today. The only people I'm trying to impress and make proud in this life time are my family. My family made Baja the track that it is today, and if they made a premier track, then I guess they made a premier rider too. Through thick and thin, I still love them!
MP: Describe motocross in one sentence.
Jacob: Enjoy the ride.
MP: Let's hear some words of advice for all the young rippers looking up to riders like you.
Jacob: "Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me, and be my friend!" That's one quote that I live by. I'm no more special than anyone else. But back to Moto talk. First of all, don't believe the hype built around a racetrack. There will always be another race, so don't go out there and hurt yourself. The risk sometimes is not worth the reward. Keep it fun and enjoy the little things. That's the main thing, you have to keep it fun. I could tell you little tips and stuff like that but all the kids will learn to be fast one day, and by then they’ll forget what they even started riding for. It's all for fun. Most of my opponents aren't having fun and are beating themselves up over a bad moto. Shit happens. Forgive and forget, move on and build to be a better rider and person. That's the best advice I can give the future riders of are sport.
MP: Let's hear it for all the sponsors and people you'd like to thank!
Jacob: Well, Mom and Dad are the ones who really get it done. Rob Fox from Dunlop really hooks me up with tires. I want to thank Steve, he's two campers down and he helped me change a couple of flats. VP Fuels who has the best smelling gas out there, can't only look fast...have to smell fast too! Spectro Oils for keeping the chain lubed, the filter fresh, and the bike running. Works Connection for getting me those holeshots. Mike DuClos from Rock River providing me with my rocket ship!! He's like a second dad to me. Thanks to Monster Army for always making me look fast...I'll try not to let you down. Just joined with Scott Goggles and I love the fit of the hustle. Bell Helmets for keeping my hair safe. Legue Graphics always having my bike looking better than everyone else. I want to thank the old people...Brandon McDowell, from Optimal Rehabilitation and Wellness, for getting me back on the bike after my injuries. And I don't think Trey said anything about God last night (San Diego SX), so let's give it up for God!!