Backed by Rock River Power Sports is the #23 of Jamison DuClos. They say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree which is proved to be true as Jamison is following in his father's footsteps of racing and being involved in school athletics as well. Jamison has been making a scene at the track lately, proving he has what it takes to run up front. After bringing home a championship from the Baja Brawl we caught up with Jamison to see how things are going and where he plans on racing next.
Wednesday, and Friday I am done with school at 1:37 and do homework from then until 3:45 when I have football practice. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I go up to the college here at UW-Whitewater and take English 101 from 2-3:15, which is the end of our school day here at Whitewater High School. After football practice I grab my little brother, go home, take a shower and work on homework. We typically eat dinner and all help clean up. After dinner I finish the last of my homework and enjoy watching TV or playing x-box until I go to bed around 9.
MP: Talk about your debut at the Brawl, you walked away with some solid finishes and even brought home the #1 plate in 250 2-Stroke.
Jamison DuClos: When I arrived at the brawl it looked a bit wet. We usually have trouble pulling in because of all the sand and the size/weight of our rig, so I was a little worried we may get stuck. The track actually turned out to be really good Friday during practice. I tried to ride my new 2016 Yz450F in practice but the combination of sand, a new bike, and never riding a 4-stroke I figured it was best to stick with the 250 2-stroke. The racing was great. I got the hole shot every moto in the 2-stroke capturing the championship, however the 450 B didn't go as well. Friday night I had family friends come to the track to visit. Since they live in MI about an hour away from the Baja we don't get to see them very often so it was great to be able to catch up. After they left I went and watched the awesome whip contest and then hit the sack. Saturday night after I finished racing I came in the motor home and worked on my homework until 9:30 that night. Sunday night I watched the side x side races which were really crazy at some points, however it was still so cool to watch. After that I was off to the pond-appaloosa where I watched mini mad Mike ride a bike through fire into the pond. There was the belly flop contest and of course the wheelie boys tearing it up for another great show.
Jamison DuClos: The majority of the time I train at my house but occasionally I work out at the high school. I lift, bike, run, and ride. We live in the Kettle Moraine Forrest so I have incredible scenery to run and bike through, I usually ride on the tracks at my house. If I need to lift, When it comes to lifting I really enjoy doing that at school with my classmates. The school has nice equipment and we can crank the tunes. I tend to focus on my back, shoulders, chest, and arms; when lifting which typically takes about an hour. When biking around the lake I maintain a target heart rate zone for the duration of the ride. My runs are either long continuous runs or short quick sprints and it is great when I can get my brother to join me. When I ride I do sprints, long motos, play ride, and starts. I really enjoy when my brother and I can take the trials bikes in the woods around our house it is a blast.
MP: What's your plans for the rest of the season, leading into next year?
Jamison DuClos: My plans are to finish out the remainder of the football season then get what little riding I can in before winter hits. I will hit some local racing until my final race of the season at Mini O's. I will run 450 B until my 2016 Yz250F comes in and is ready to go. The key to winning the race is getting a good start, and riding safe, smart, and smooth.
MP: Overall, how has this year treated you so far?
Jamison DuClos: This year was a great year for me. I had a delayed start to my season because I choose to go with my school on a Spanish trip. We went to Guatemala and Belize and had an incredible experience. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity that was amazing. Back on topic, regional and area time came and I was excited to see where I was sitting. I ended up winning the area and regional in 2-stroke and had a 3rd and 5th in 250 B and College boy. Loretta's came and I did alright in 250 B, unfortunately I made some silly mistakes and didn't have the best of luck. In 2-stroke I had a hole shot and I was in the top 10 every moto. In the last moto a mistake took me from 6th to 8th overall. I really had high expectations and though I finished in 8th overall I was very disappointed in my final result. After Loretta's the next big race was Baja where I won my first national championship. The feeling of grabbing the hole shot every moto and going 1-1-1 was an experience that left me soaring high. If I could change one thing this year I would have been to finish my third moto at Loretta's without mistakes.
MP: Motocross can be hard on a rider both mentally and physically. What's the most challenging obstacle that comes with racing for you?
Jamison DuClos: The most challenging aspect for me mentally is not worrying about what big names are there and who is my competition. I struggle to just race the track and push myself to focus on the track and not about the competition. Another challenging aspect is attending public school and participating in school activities including sports. Trying to squeeze in my workouts and juggle school, sports, moto, and friends. It is difficult staying mentally determined to achieve my goals and not look back at my teenage years with any regrets.
MP: Besides racing, what else do you like to do in your free time?
Jamison DuClos: In my free time I play football because I love the sport and enjoy time with my team mates. I find it fun to truck people over and get physical with all my football family under the Friday Night Lights. I like playing football anywhere whether it be on a field in pads or in someone's backyard as a pickup game. I also enjoy chillin with my friends in my free time. We go for trail rides on horses, walks through the woods, go swimming, hot-tubing, going to movies or skiing. There are many trails around where I live to walk through the woods and go for horseback rides. I have a hot tub and a pool at my house so it is great to have my friends over to go swimming and then hot-tub for a while we watch a movie to wind down. There is a ski resort about 20 minutes from my house so after school if we are light on homework or do not have any we head right over to shred the slopes.
MP: How did you first get started racing?
Jamison DuCLos: My dad raced as a kid. He was also involved in athletics and eventually went on to college. He was really into computers so that is what he went college for. He and some college buddies started a computer business in our hometown. He got back into racing after college. When he had the opportunity to buy a power sports business he jumped at it. Rock River Power Sports, at the time it was a little local dealership that did not sell a whole lot and the owner was looking to get rid of it. So my dad bought it and was running Rock River and the computer business. Eventually it became too much as Rock River was growing rapidly so he sold his share of computer business to his partners and focused on the Rock River. He and his friend started to race again and in 2001 I got my first PW 50 for Christmas.
MP: If you could describe yourself using one word, what would it be?
Jamison DuClos: If I were to describe myself in one word I would like it to be humble.
MP: Out of all the places you have rode on, where is your favorite place to ride?
Jamison DuClos: I cannot pick between Millville, Red Bud, Baja, or Sunset Ridge. They are all sandy tracks and no matter how many times I ride there I can never get enough of them. Its just all the sand, jumps, and how incredible they are to ride.
MP: Finally, who would you like to thank for helping you out?
Jamison DuClos: I cannot thank everyone enough: my mom and dad, Rock River Power Sports, Yamaha, Yamalube, G.Y.T.R., JMS, PR2 Suspension, Roost Mx, my trainer Seiji Ishii, Dunlop, Bell Helmets, X-brand goggles, Fly racing, EVS, VP Fuels, ARC Levers, ODI, Guts Racing, Illusive, Braap Clothing, X-Trig, Club 57, and FMF. Thank you everyone.