Jake Hogan, 13 Acton, CA Sponsors: Thousand Oaks Powersports, Sheldon Motorsports, TM Racing Engines, Mom and Dad In the sea of four strokes, we found another rider at the Cahuilla Creek round of the Summer Cup that had two YZ250’s in his pit. With many riders realizing the costs associated with a year of hard racing on a four stroke, it is becoming more common to find two strokes working their way back into competition. Now that they are legal to race in the 250 classes in most amateur racing, many riders are opting to ride them for their competiveness along with affordability. We stopped by Jake Hogan’s pit to talk to him about his YZs and learn more about him. How long have you been riding? I’ve been riding since I was 3 and I started racing when I was 8. You have a pair of YZ250’s, how do you think they compare to the 250F’s in the class? I feel it being really comfortable, I love it. It pulls fast and I like it and pulls holeshots. Do you think it is a big advantage against the 250F bikes? I think it has a little bit of an advantage, but there are four strokes out there that I know can beat it. What else do you do besides motocross? Not much. I like going to the lake in the summer, water skiing and wakeboarding. I don’t really do any other sports. How often do you get to ride then? I usually get to ride mostly every weekend if not a little more. What do you do for training?
I train with John at XLT.
Why do you race?
I race because it gets my adrenaline flowing and I love the feeling of it when you win or even just battling with someone. It makes you feel good when you work hard for what you did.
What’s your favorite track?
I’d have to say Mammoth because it flows, and it may get rough for the big bikes but it is a fun track for me