How did you get started riding? It was kind of a family thing, my cousin is into motocross racing. One day we were in the desert and he told me, “Dude, you have to come try it out!” That’s how I got involved and it just started from there. What makes you pick motocross over other sports? I played every other sport, and wasn’t really 100% into it, and when I got on a dirtbike, it just kind of clicked and ever since then I’ve been riding and trying to get faster. What brings you out to the Muscle Milk/TWMX Race Series from Nevada? Actually I am trying to prepare for some upcoming races, like World Mini next year, the Winter Nationals this year at Mesquite and that’s pretty much it. Have you done any of the amateur nationals before or will this be your first try? I’ve done a couple, not a lot. How did you do at the ones you raced?Tommy Connors, 19 Henderson, NV Sponsors: Team Motivated, Pro Action, Pro Circuit Tommy Connors fought a hard battle in the first moto of the 250F Novice class at the Cahuilla Creek round of the Summer Cup. He battled with another Nevada racer, Austin Burke, for the lead with the riders trading the lead throughout the race. Connors held on to take the checkers. In the second moto, Connors again came out of the gate strong and again battled several riders through the entire race. He slipped back to 5th, but put himself on the podium in 3rd overall. Connors did not give up during any of the battles and fought hard to keep the other riders at bay, and this made him stand out from the full field of competitors on the track.
I ended up I think 15th because I wasn’t all that into it training wise, and that’s where I was standing at. Then I just motivated myself.
What have you changed in your program to help prepare for the nationals?
Actually I’ve been riding a road bike, I do that for 40 minutes or however long I want to do it. Doing sit-ups and all that, just getting into shape.
What else do you do for training?
I have my own little gym at home, and I just motivate myself to do it every day, just lift, do sit-ups and that’s basically it.
What’s your main goal in motocross?
I’d like to become a pro, but I don’t know, I’m just going to take it as far as I can go with it.
What else do you like doing besides motocross?
I like playing X-Box. I also like riding my bicycle around the neighborhood, swimming and all that.
We see a lot of kids coming over to the races from Nevada, is interest in motocross dying out over there with the lack of tracks?
It’s just forcing people to move on like the California side because we only have one track, which is Sandy Valley. It’s a good track, I love that track, but it is just dying out.
What one rider is your biggest inspiration in motocross?
That would be Dean Wilson! I know he is hurt right now, but he’s awesome. I like his riding style, I’ve watched him from the amateurs and I met him in San Diego and he was the nicest guy ever.
Muscle Milk TWMX Race Series Profile: Tommy Connors
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