Originally from Hawaii now living in California is the #83 of Kai Mukai. Kai is setting his standards high, looking to make a name for himself this year. Kai stayed consistent finishing a solid 3rd place in 450 B mod, and 450 B limited at the California Classic. Kai has been putting in the work in hopes it pays off at Mammoth where he plans to better his results from the California Classic and walk away with a number one plate. We got the chance to sit down with with Kai and get the low down on what he's been up to lately.
Kai Mukai: As far as my training goes I went to Jeff Pastana, MX Clinic, he taught me a lot of on and off the bike training, I work out at home, I spin for 20 min then jump on the rowing machine for 20 min, then do a bunch of cardio, upper and lower body work outs, then go road biking or mountain biking. I also get some good training done with my buddy Ryan Surratt. The training has been going really good I feel good on and off the track!
MP: Talk about your last race and how it went.
Kai Mukai: My last race was at Glen Helen California classics I raced the 450B mod and stock and 250B mod the 450 motos went good had some good starts battled with Trevor Stewart. The track was getting rough but I felt better in the rough conditions ended up with two 3rd overalls in the 450 stock and mod then in the 250 class I had bad starts all weekend racing my stock bike in the mod class was trying my best to make up for the bad starts didn't end up to well in the overall think it was like 9th but it was a fun weekend with some awesome battles.
MP: How did you first get started in this sport?
Kai Mukai: I was six years old when I saw motocross on TV and told my Dad that I wanted to start riding I was playing t-ball at the time my dad told me to hit a home run and he will buy me a bike so the last game of the season I was first to bat, I hit the ball and just didn't stop running and made the home run called my dad after the game and told him he owes me a bike. Couple weeks later he came home with a LEM 50, ever since then I love the sport and could never see my self quitting. My first race was in Hawaii at Parker ranch I was eight years old I got on the gate and pulled the holeshot I was leading till I fell, same thing happened in the second Moto, got a second place overall ever since then I been hooked.
MP: What other things do you like to do in your free time besides racing?
Kai Mukai: Things I like to do on my free time is hang out with my homies and have fun or go shred the hills and throw some whips always a great time.
MP: Describe yourself using one word.
Kai Mukai: One word that describes me is Dedicated. Because I'm dedicated to fulling my dreams of becoming a pro motocross rider.
MP: What is the most challenging obstacle that comes with training and racing and why?
Kai Mukai: The most challenging obstacles in training and racing is pushing your limits telling your self just a little more and more because that little more might just be what you need to win!
MP: Out of all the places you have rode on, Where's your favorite place to ride?
Kai Mukai: My favorite place to ride is Glen Helen, it's rough and good training
MP: Finally, you have some people helping you out, who would you like to thank?
Kai Mukai: First of all I'd like to thank my parents for everything they have done for me I can't thank them enough I love you guys. I also would like to thank the Barrett family for all there support letting me stay with them in California to help me fulfill my dreams, I also would like to thank Ryan Surratt and his family for all there help. And I can't forget my awesome sponsors, Mx/atv.com for keeping me fresh, Leo's outlaws racing for all his support and eks googles for the clear vision, like to thank stick it Hawaii, function clothing for keeping me looking fresh, and everyone back home from the 808 for there support, also moto playground for this interview.