Amateur racing is big business. With the next generation of racers coming of age, we have begun to see more widespread support from independent teams, including Star/Valli/Rockstar/Yamaha and Rockstar Suzuki, and it seems that Hart and Huntington can also be added to the list. The team has brought a full tractor trailer and stable of bikes for Jayme Gardiner, a speedy Vegas teenager.
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Classes: 125/250 SchBoy Thru 17 Open, 250 Mod. Inter, 250 Stk. Inter, 450 Stk. Inter., 250 4-Stroke Non-Pro, 450 4-Stroke Non-Pro
How did your Hart and Huntington deal come about? Is Carey a family friend or did he hear about you because you are a kid from Vegas?
He knows us from Vegas. I have met him a few times and he is a cool guy. But most of my deals are through Kenny Watson, who is a great guy. He has supported me through all of this and has been a big help getting me through these Nationals. Hart and Huntington have been a really big help to me and they have done so much for me that I cannot thank them enough. The switch to Kawasaki was great and it was a good change, and now everything is going good.
Is your support with them only for this race, or will it continue throughout the year?
I will be riding for them for a few years, I believe, will be at all the Nationals, and see how it goes.
How do you feel coming into this week? Did you compete in the amateur races that took place earlier this year to prepare?
I went to Oak Hill and got sick, so I wasn’t able to finish the week. But coming here, I have gotten a good start and hope to finish off strong.
What are your expectations for the week?
I’d be happy with a top three, and I’d always like to win, but a top three would make me happy. If anything else happens, it’s all good (Laughs).
Is there a lot of pressure placed on you this week by the team? You are the only rider on the team, but you have the biggest set up here.
A little bit, but I try to get everything off my back when I put the helmet on. It is a lot just for me, but I can’t thank them enough.
What is your day-to-day program consist of? Are you home schooled to help your racing?
Yeah, I have been homeschooled for the past year and a half, and it is great. I work with K12 and my tutor, Frank, is a photographer, so we work well together.
Do you use this race as a warm-up for the rest of the year, or is it one of your bigger events?
Yeah, this is to see where I am starting. We haven’t done a National in a while, so we are coming in to see how I do and go from there.
The forecast this week is calling for rain on Friday and Saturday. Being from Nevada, is that something you are used to?
If there is rain, it won’t be that bad and they have a lot of sand to put on the track to soak up the water. It should be good this week, no matter if it rains or not.
Who do you feel is your biggest competition this week?
I’d say it’ll be Matt Biseglia and Dakota Alix.
Do you have anyone that you would like to thank for their support?
Hart and Huntington, Bel-Ray, Shift, Fox, Works Connection, my Mom and Dad, my mechanic, Blake, who has done a great job for me this week.