Ray Obermeyer, 21 Riverside, CA
Sponsors: John Burr Motorcycles, RCO Restorations, Answer, DRD, ODI, DT1 Filters, Asterisk, ZLT, Amsoil
Ray Obermeyer has been racing in Southern California for many years and has become one of the fast 450 intermediate class riders. After spending several years at the local races, Obermeyer is looking to move up in the sport and is taking advantage of a path to the pro ranks that often goes unnoticed in this area with the industry and many of the pro riders close by. Obermeyer has been putting his Yamaha at the front of the pack in several of the local series recently, and hopes to transition that speed into the professional class.
How long have you been riding?
I’ve been riding since I was probably 4 years old.
How did you get started racing?
My dad rode pro in the ’70s and he taught me on a PW50 and it all started from there. I started racing when I was 5 years old.
How do you train and prepare for your races?
I have a workout routine every morning. I go for a run and then about a one hour workout. I do some road bike riding to get some cardio and I also work during the week so that is a bit of a workout also. I try to ride 30 minute motos during the week to get ready for the pro ranks. Before races I eat a good dinner, a lot of protein and carbs the night before. I also get a good night’s rest and that all does it.
What motivates you to race?
I just love it, I couldn’t imagine my life without it. It’s the reason I get up and go to work, but then when I get home I want to go ride. It’s just purely a love for the sport.
What other activities do you do besides motocross?
I snowboard a little bit, but the last couple years I’ve slowed down on that to concentrate on motocross more. I really want to make something out of it. I rode BMX when I was younger, I skied and wakeboarded. I did a little bit of everything.
What are your future plans?
In a few weeks I plan on going up to Canada and trying to qualify for some of their pro nationals. My goal is really to just qualify for races up there, and depending on how all that goes, come back here and maybe try to qualify for some outdoor races and maybe even some supercrosses.