Hailing from Lubbock, Texas is none other than the #128 race effort of Carter Halpain. Halpain earned the label of an elite in the amateur motocross community quite some time ago earning himself national wins at tracks across the country at a young age. A seasoned amateur national rider, Carter has teamed up with fellow Texas local Zak Mashburn in an effort to get the most out of his riding in the new year. A rolling style factory himself, Carter and his closest friends can kill it on anything with wheels, especially scooters and dirtbikes. The Yamaha ripper recently chatted with us to let us know just what he's been up to as well as what's on the bright horizon for the young #128 machine in 2015.
MP: Carter, how've you been? What's going on today in the Lone Star state?
Carter Halpain: I'm good today, back home in [Lubbock, Texas] it's snowing. Thank goodness I'm in the Dallas area and it's just raining.
started trying more stuff, kind of pushing each other. It's a great workout for sure and it keeps your balance game on point. It drives my parents nuts though with the backflips, flairs, and all that other stuff that we do. Colby might not agree that it's good for you right now though, he's recovering from a broken leg.
By the way, for the record...Austin is a park rat. He's gonna kill me for that one but oh well. Haha
MP: Since your move to big bikes you've been on a few different brands but now it seems you've settled in nicely on the Yamaha's. You appear to be very comfortable on them judging from your performance at the last Texas Winter Series race.
Carter Halpain: My first year on big bikes I rode Suzuki's and this year I moved to the Yamaha's. I'm so excited about my equipment this year. The Yamaha's are really fast and they seem to be a great bike for my riding style.
MP: Lets take a step back to the end of 2014 when you brought home several Texas State Championships. You topped some fast competition there...what's your perspective on earning the title of fastest in the state in your classes?
Carter Halpain: Texas definitely has some strong competition, so earning those titles was something I am very proud of! I'm fourteen years old now and I have got some big goals set for the 2015 nationals that I hope to accomplish too.
MP: With Spring nationals and Loretta's Qualifiers right around the bend, what's on the 2015 schedule for the Halpain's?
Carter Halpain: All of that haha! We will be doing Oak Hill and the JS7 Spring Championship at Freestone, then hitting the Loretta Lynn's area qualifiers. It going to be busy for sure but I'm ready.
I MOVED IN WITH THE MOTO-COACH HIMSELF, ZAK MASHBURN AND HIS AMAZING FAMILY. NOW I'M GETTING TO RIDE MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY...
Now I'm getting to ride Monday through Thursday under the direction of Zak and Kyle Regal. So that should get me whooped into shape for 2015. I'm really excited about this opportunity!
MP: I know that you've got a lengthy list of sponsors helping you guys make it to the races. Give them a shoutout for all that they do!
Carter Halpain: Thanks to WMS, Thor, Scott, Corrosion Specialties, Family Powersports, Dunlop, PR2, Maxima, Uni, EnviroClean, Kicker, Delb Lifestyle, and Seven 10 MX Graphics.
But I want to personally say thank you to some awesome people who help me: Andy Weaver, Ross Flowers, Johnathan Parrish, and Jeff Quick. Thank you for what you do and most of all believing in me!!
MP: Thanks so much Carter, always fun to talk to you...good luck this year!
Carter Halpain: Thank you Blake! You know I'll have plenty of Gogurts and Gatorades for you at the track!