Make some noise for the #285 of Marshal Weltin, Hailing from Ubly, Michigan. Marshal has his eyes on the prize, and that is ending his last year as an amateur with a bang. Marshal has been putting in the work and feels confident he can bring home some championships this year. With the mindset of this northern dirt till'n sum gun anything is possible. We caught up with Marshal to see what he's got in mind for the rest of the year.
Marshal Weltin: I feel like I can write a book about training at Club Mx. There is always something going on, but I will take you through a day. 7 am we start out with a gym workout with our trainer Sarah. We then follow that up with breakfast. We start riding at 9:30 and end around 1. After riding we have a group cycle at 3 o'clock. Following the cycle is a stretch session, then dinner! After dinner is our chill time, (bike work/prepping for the next day). Also every Wednesday I compete in a mountain bike race series in charlotte.
MP: Talk about your last race and how it went.
Marshal Weltin: My last race was the thunder valley qualifier in TN. It was a bit of a struggle. I holeshotted my first 250 A moto, high sided and messed up my knee. After my crash I kind of put it in salvage mode and just tried to qualify to get through to the regional. I'm hoping to be back to normal in about a week. Just a sprain I believe.
MP: Motocross can be hard on a rider, both mentally and physically.Talk about the mental aspect of the sport and how it affects you.
Marshal Weltin: Winning is huge for me, once I win once, I know I can do it again, and that fuels me. The feeling of winning drives me more than anything else. As for on the opposite side, it's easy to let injuries bring you down. I always try to stay positive and be productive with my time off. 9 times out of 10 I usually come back faster after an injury because I'm feening to ride so bad. So I would say both winning and injuries increase my drive for success.
MP: Sounds like you have been in the Moto scene for awhile now , how did you first get into racing?
MP: I bet you've made a lot of memories since then, some for good and some for bad. What memory sticks out in your head the most from over the years of racing?
Marshal Weltin: For sure, tons of memories and experiences that can never be replaced. That's what it's all about. My worst memory has to be in 2013 at the Gopher Dunes pro national when I broke my back. Definitely had to fight through some adversity to bounce back from that. My best memory is hands down my podium in 250 A at LL last year. I've never felt so rewarded for my hard work. It felt like a burden had been lifted off my shoulders because finally some of my hard work was showing to pay off. It's been a great past couple years, I've learned a lot.
MP: What's going to be the key to winning some championships this year?
Marshal Weltin: I believe the key to winning championships this year is to continue doing what I'm doing in my program and to believe in myself that I can do it.
MP: What's your goals for this year?
Marshal Weltin: My goals for this year are to win Loretta Lynn's and also to top 15 my first three outdoor nationals that I will be competing in after LL. Going into next year I plan on doing supercross in the lites class. And from the time spent in between those races, just hit as many local races I can and get as much gate time possible.
MP: Besides racing, what else do you like to do in your free time?
Marshal Weltin: In my free time any chance I can, I love to golf. If I'm off the bike for training my favorite workout is mountain biking. I'm pretty easy going though, I enjoy pretty much everything.
MP: Describe motocross using one sentence.
Marshal Weltin: Motocross is the toughest, most fun sport I've ever competed in.
MP: Finally, who would you like thank for helping you out?
Marshal Weltin: I would like to thank my dad and my family for all they do to support me. All of the staff at Club Mx. Mikey, Brandon, Sarah and the rest of the crew. Also Caro Motorsports, TLR Performance, Ride 100%, Alias, moto stuff, Bobos Oat Bars, 180 Decals, EVS, Ride Dunlop, and PR2 suspension.