Jason Fields, 38 Victorville, CA Sponsors: Suspicious Clothing, Mid Cities Honda, MB1, BTO, Renthal, Yoshimura, Disciple Wear, Jesus Christ, Technical Touch, XTrig, my best friend David Eychaner and my wife Amie The 30+ Pro class at the Muscle Milk/Transworld MX races have a consistent group of racers at every round, with many of them hitting almost every race. Jason Fields has been one of those riders at most every round. As with any vet class, it is tough for many of the competitors to find a balance between their racing and their work and family life. Stopping by Fields’ pit, he had support from his family and friends, finding that balance that motocross racers strive for to be able to continue competing in the sport they love. How did you get your start into racing?
My dad was a flat track professional back in the ’70s, so it is just kind of a family tradition.
How old were you when you first starting racing?
I had a late start compared to a lot of other kids, I started when I was probably 9 or 10. I just progressed from there and had a quick transition.
Have you been racing all through that time?
I continued to race intermediate and then turned pro. I raced supercross and the outdoors when I was younger for Team Green. I took a break, I broke my leg pretty bad in 2000, so that kind of set me out until 2010 and I had a 10 year gap.
Was it the injury that caused you to stop riding?
I was bound to a wheelchair and had nine surgeries on my leg. They wanted to amputate it originally and I just got lucky by the grace of God and I am still able to ride and run.
Prior to your injury, what was your biggest accomplishment of your career?
Making the main event in the East/West Shootout in Las Vegas and making it into an outdoor national at Washougal in the 250 Pro class.
How tough is it to come back as a vet racer after a long break?
I came back for fun instead of a career, but it is challenging and believe it or not, there are a lot of fast vet racers. I just do it for the fun of it and for the addiction to the adrenaline it gives.
As a vet racer, is motocross your escape from your Monday through Friday reality?
Yeah, it is my out, it lets me release my tension and everything I’ve built up through the week. It feels good to get out there and put some laps down.
Do you find it hard to find the time to get time on the bike to prepare to race?
I get one day a week, that’s it, if that. Sometimes I can only make it one day every two weeks. My family comes first, so I take care of them, so if I have to work, then I will work.
What do you do besides motocross?
I do grading for a living, and this year I am in a venture with Jeff Nordstrom and TORC off-road, I am going to be doing all of the layout and design of the truck tracks. I am taking a step in that direction, and hopefully that will open up some new opportunities for me.
What do you like about the Muscle Milk Transworld Races?
For the most part, it is the competition. It seems to get the most vet riders than others since transitioning from the old Vet X days.