By Ryan Leyba
Some people just have it all. In my opinion, Travis Pastrana is one of those guys. Despite his huge hospital file, Travis has all of the talent in the world, and then some. Maybe living in the middle of nowhere Maryland has a lot to do with it, but when it comes to two wheels you can bet that Travis will smoke you at it. I’m sure I don’t need to explain myself here. If your reading this, you probably already know all about Travis and his groundbreaking accomplishments, since he is the one of the most recognizable sports figures in the galaxy. What you don’t know is what’s up TP’s sleeve for this year’s X Games in Los Angeles! Read on and let Travis fill you in, cause if you don’t know, now you know!!!
Let me explain myself here. The first interview with Travis was top-notch award-winning journalism! We laughed, we cried and we bonded. I dug deep down into the layers of Travis and exposed the real man within. I just ran into one problem; I kind of forgot to hit record. One piece of advice from me to you. Never hire an FMX rider with A.D.D.! Luckily, Travis is one of the nicest guys in the industry so he was willing to go one more round with the rookie. Ding Ding, Round 2!!!
Ryan Leyba: Ok, my mic is now working!
Travis Pastrana: Are you sure about that?
RL: Yes! So Travis, what brings you out here to lovely Perris, California in the 105-degree heat to ride supermoto?
TP: Well, I’m just out here testing for some supermoto racing. There’s nothing better than going out there on the track with Micky Dymond and some professional road racers. It’s really cool for everyone to come together and have some fun.
RL: Fo sho! Tell me, what’s the big deal about supermoto? What makes it so much fun for you and everyone else? Why is it the “cool” thing to do?
TP: I think supermoto is a sport for the old guys. You don’t have to be in that great of shape to come out here in the blistering heat and do a 45-minute moto. It’s not as physically demanding as motocross and best of all, you can do it when your injured! It’s a great sport for all.
RL: So TP, is that supermoto suit of yours all leather or what?
TP: Awww, I’m stuck! Hold on a second! (laughs)
RL: Is the hardest part of supermoto getting into that tight leather suit or what?
TP: I’m going to have to say yes! This thing is awesome though. Alpinestars hooked me up! But, they could have made it a little easier for me to get in. I’m going to pop all of my joints out just trying to take it off!
RL: Let’s talk freestyle. What do you have planned for this year’s X Games? I know that if Travis Pastrana is going to be there, people can expect to see some insane shizznit go down!
TP: Well, I’ve been doing 360s in my foam pit back home. It’s kind of an inverted 360 and I have them dialed in pretty good. I’m definitely looking forward to X Games, unfortunately I just blew out my knee. I did a stupid little jump into my foam pit, landed perfect and my knee just popped right out. It’s like the third time I’ve torn my ACL and well….it really sucks! (laughs) It kind of changes my plans for the rest of the year, but I can make it another week without surgery and I really can’t hurt it much worse, so I’ll be going for it at X!
RL: Who are some of your favorite freestyle riders to watch and what do you expect to see from them at X Games this year?
TP: Well freestyle is really cool because you have so many different crazy personalities involved with the sport. I can tell you that with Mike Metzger you never know what you are going to get. He just goes huge to please the crowd and I really enjoy watching him ridee. Then you have Nate Adams who is just ridiculously smooth. Everything he does just looks effortless and easy. It’s like watching McGrath ride on a supercross track! You also can’t leave out “Cowboy” Kenny Bartram…..
RL: Yeeeehaaaaaa!!!! Cowboy Kenny!! Sorry, go ahead.
TP: He goes big! He’s probably the best freestyle rider out there, but hopefully it will be between me and Metz this year because we’ll just be going a little bit bigger.
RL: So Travis, I was just recently up in Billings, Montana for the Great American Hillclimb. I heard through the grapevine that you wanna head up there yourself and give the hill your best shot. What’s up with that?
TP: Shoot, that hillbilly sport? I can do it no problem! No, but really, I would like to head up to Billings and give it a shot. I think it would be fun and I think that I could show them a thing or two.
RL: I’d like to see you take it to the next level by putting a ramp at the top of the hill and after you make it to the top, you can just huck a backflip at the top! Do you think you could do a backflip with an extended swingarm?
TP: I don’t think it would be a problem! I see a lot of those guys going up that hill and then looping out. I say just stick with the loopout and pull a flip on the hill!
RL: Well thanks for your time Travis and we’ll see you at the X!!!
TP: Thank you!
So there you have it. Who knows what the future holds for Travis, but just think about how much that crazy little kid from Maryland evolves our sport everyday. If you ever want a little drama in your life and your sick of watching the Real World to get it, just see what Travis Pastrana is up to, and that should fill your void!
After riding supermoto in Perris, California, Travis said that he was headed up to Carey Hart’s house in Las Vegas to do a couple more 360s in the foam pit to make some final preparations for X Games. He said that the last time he tried a 360 at his house he was on a stock bike and he bottomed out off the ramp and his bike sprung him around the wrong way. Needless to say, he crashed. If you want to see the impossible, tune into the X Games to see how it all goes down. You won’t be disappointed!