Ryan Moore, 16
Buena Park, CA
Sponsors: Mom & dad, Mid Cities Honda, Pro Circuit, Troy Lee Designs, Naveen Powersports, Creative Graphix, MXstyles.com and Bones from Pro Circuit.
The Novice classes at the Muscle Milk TWMX Race Series are by far one of the more stacked and popular classes for racers to enter. With a full gate at almost every round, the Novice class is a great preparatory division for the Intermediate classes and Ryan Moore has slowly, but surely, crawled his way to the top of the food chain in 250 C. Moore has been a racer more than 2/3 of his life and is doing everything he can to turn the great sport of motocross into a full-fledged career. And he’s doing this as a full-time high school student. We caught up with Moore in the pits to discuss his future and his true love for dirt bikes.
How did you get into racing dirt bikes?
My parents and I were flipping through channels on television one day and saw that Supercross was on, so we watched it for a while and then my dad told me he used to race. At the time I was mainly riding bicycles and once I got my training wheels off I got a dirt bike and everything seemed to blow up from that point on.
How long have you been racing now?
I’ve been racing for about 11 years now. My first race was at five years old.
How long have you been attending the Muscle Milk TWMXRS now? And what do you think of them?
I’ve been racing at these events since they started, basically. The races get run through pretty quickly so we can all leave at a decent time. Plus, there are never really any problems that would slow down the schedule. It’s just a good time out here!
Do you participate in any other activities besides motocross?
I tried baseball, but I just couldn’t get into it. I just like to go fast, so motocross has really stuck with me.
Where do you plan to take motocross? Do you want to potentially turn it into a career?
I want to take it as far as I can. If I can make money at it someday that’d be great, but as long as I can keep riding I’ll be happy.
Do you plan to accomplish any goals that you’ve set for yourself by the end of the year?
Yeah, by the end of the year I plan on moving up to Intermediate. I’ll stay in that class for a year or so then hopefully I can get quick enough to turn pro.
What do you do to stay competitive and relevant at the races?
When I get home from school I work out every day and try to get in as much cardio as I can, given the time I have. Now that the time change has finally come the days will be a little longer, so that makes it easier on me for my training. I’m hoping all of that will prepare me for the Intermediate class.
What is it about motocross that keeps you coming back?
It’s a challenge. It’s never an easy thing to do, so it’s something I can put all of my time into. It never gets boring and you get to go fast (laughs).