At 13 years of age coming out of Escondido, CA is the #85 of Kaed Kniffing. Kaed has been working hard both on and off the track to prove he has what it takes to run up front. We caught up with Kaed to see what he's been up to lately and to see what he's got planned for the rest of the year.
Kaed Kniffing: My training has been going good, what my trainer "Travis Friestat" likes to do is to do something different every time I work out so its kinda a surprise like sometimes for example we will run 2-3 miles then workout or we will do intervals, just different things every time to Benefit me on and off the bike. On the bike I usually do 5 sprints 2 laps each and two twenty minute Motos and off the track I always do a different work out every time to change it up, but since MEC is over the only thing that will change with my training is that I will be riding outdoors instead of supercross.
MP: Talk about your last race and how it went overall.
Kaed Kniffing: My monster cup debut was a blast! In the first two practices I struggled a little but in the third practice I got everything down and felt comfortable for the race. My first moto wasn't the best because I got in a big pile up on the bridge and ended up 18. Second moto I got a top 10 start and was running 9th for the whole race but on the last lap I made a huge mistake and ended up 13th wasn't to pumped on it but I had a great time and experience.
MP: What's your plans for the rest of the year?
Kaed Kniffing: My plan for the rest of the year is to gain some speed leading into next year because the competition is just getting tougher and tougher so it's all in who can work the hardest and twist the grip the fastest. I plan on racing supermini 1 and 2 next year and I will be at all the big races to like mammoth, freestone, Loretta's, cal classic, monster cup, and maybe mini O's.
MP: Talk about your year overall, how has it treated you?
Kaed Kniffing: This year overall for me has been pretty good I feel like the only struggle I had was at Loretta's but besides that I had a blast this year racing and tossin whips, always got to keep it fun! I feel in 2016 that there is a lot more of me to prove to people.
MP: During the "off season" what do you do with your free time?
Kaed Kniffing: During off season I try and ride as much as I can and get a lot of seat time just riding rough stuff and practicing different things and besides that I go to the gym or run throughout the week.
MP: How did you first get started in this sport?
Kaed Kniffing: How I got brought up into Moto was my dad used to race but never really thought of getting me into it until one of my buddies told me and my dad to come out to the track and ride I didn't have a bike at the time so he just let me barrow his then I got hooked on it and my dad bought me a crf 50 and I rode that for like a year and it just went from there. I was like 8 when I first rode and I chose mx because I love the adrenaline and how fun it is and never gets boring. I used to play baseball for like 5 years but it just got to boring so now I just ride Moto. My first race was when I was 10.
Kaed Kniffing: The most challenging thing in racing for me is starts and rough tracks.
MP: If you could describe yourself using one word, what would it be?
Kaed Kniffing: Rare
MP: Out of all the places you have rode, where is your favorite place to ride?
Kaed Kniffing: My favorite place to ride is Pala. It is the only track that has big jumps and good dirt and good berms to shred.
MP: Finally, who would you like to thank for helping you out?
Kaed Kniffing: Monster energy, Thor mx, spy optics, rad manufacturing, dirt shark, Thousand Oaks Powersports, dt1 air filters, maxima, split designs, FMF, Ethika, factory connection, renthal, rk excel, nihilo concepts, and lynk's racing.