Tallahassee, Florida local TJ Rios has been putting in the overtime over at the MTF facility. TJ recently showed up to Thunder Valley MX for an area qualifier where he was looking to have some fun while qualifying in all of his classes, he did just that. Next up is regionals where Tommy is looking to carry his momentum to earn his spot on the gate at Loretta's. We sat down with TJ to see what's been happening lately and what's going to be the game plan to bring home some championships this year.
MP: Talk about your training regimen both on and off the track and how you prepare yourself for racing.
TJ Rios: I currently train at MTF (Millsaps Training Facility) in Cairo, GA. Which is about 30 min away from my house. For training we do whatever Colleen Millsaps, Bryan Johnson, and Gavin, which are our trainers, have planned for us. Some days we do all motos some day's we do all sections, some days we mix it up and some days we even work scrubs, wheelies or flat track. And then we do gym and we do whatever Tony has planned for us. Some days we do upper body or lower body or abs. Just depends. But training has been doing really good. Been working on my weak points and getting better everyday. Spring nationals weren't the best for me so I'm getting ready to prove a point.
MP: What's your goals for this year?
TJ Rios: Well this is a long road. My biggest goal is to become a professional motocross racer. And to do that I have to work hard and learn week in and week out. So if you ask me what are my goals are for this year then I would say that I would like to get no less than top five in every national and win championships. But more than anything I wanna apply and learn every race and every day to become a professional motocross racer. I will be attending to Loretta Lynn's and Mini Os.
MP: How did you first get started in this sport?
TJ Rios: My dad used to race as well. He is originally from Peru and he was a 9-time Latin American champion. So obviously he got me my first P-Dub when I was 3 years old when I lived in California. And then when my family moved back to Mexico I saw the KTM junior Mx challenge on TV and I basically told my dad that I wanted to do that. And then he eventually took me to a race in Mexico.
MP: What other things do you like to do in your free time besides racing?
TJ Rios: in my free time I usually hang out with my friends from school. I also go fishing a lot and relax.
MP: What is the most challenging obstacle that comes with training and racing?
TJ Rios: I would say finding time to relax. Especially with my schedule with school and riding I don't have much time to just go fishing or watch some TV. So every time I do get the time to do that I definitely take advantage of it.
MP: Describe yourself using one word.
TJ Rios: perfectionist
MP: Out of all the places you have rode, where's your favorite place to ride?
TJ Rios: The most fun track I've ever been to is probably bostwick MX.
MP: Finally, you have some people helping you out, who would you like to thank?
TJ Rios: Yeah definitely. God for giving me the opportunity to do this and giving me this talent and keeping us safe. Also Suzuki, Cernics, Fox, Oakley, Dunlop, JMS, PR2, MTF, Roost MX and my whole family and friends.