Tim Beatty, 36 Murrieta, CA Sponsors: Toyota of Escondido, Escondido Cycle Center, Maxima Oils, Schmidt Suspension, Dunlop, Troy Lee Designs, Ryno Power, Spy Goggles, Dirt Bike Kids Tim Beatty has been a part of Southern California motocross racing for a long time, both as an amateur as well racing as a pro for many years. Along with racing, Beatty has worked with many younger riders and built bikes for others. He has come out to the recent rounds of the Spring Cup and still has blazing speed. At the Glen Helen round, Beatty had some strong battles with Justin Jones and Mike Sleeter, all three running elbow to elbow on the track. We caught up to Beatty at Glen Helen to find out what he has been up to and what his future holds. What brings you out to the Muscle Milk/Transworld Spring Cup? I just started racing again about three months ago, I am trying to get ready for the Glen Helen national in a couple weeks. How much has racing changed from when you first started until now? It has changed quite a bit, the bikes have changed a lot, the riders take it much more serious and they train a lot harder. It is definitely tougher in this economy as well. How difficult do you think it will be to qualify for Glen Helen compared to when you were younger? I’ve taken about 5 years off of racing, and the last national I raced was in 2006, so I know it is going to be a lot tougher. I’ve been putting in a lot of work, training at Icon Sports for the last two and a half months and just taking it serious, more serious than I ever have. I know it is going to be tough, not sure how much, but I will just go out there and do my best. Is Glen Helen going to be your only national or are you going to try to do more of them? I am going to try to do Hangtown, and if the first two go well I will also do Colorado and Washougal. Then I will just continue on and see what I can build into for next year. What got you back into racing after taking a break?
I took several years off and was working at a motorcycle shop doing engine work. I started out working with Jason Lawrence for about 8 months until I realized he wasn’t going anywhere with it, I decided to jump back into it myself just for fun. Now it has turned into kind of a full return to racing.
What does motocross do for you? What drew you back in after all those years off?
For me the adrenaline rush is not like anything else you can experience. I just have a passion for the sport and I love riding.
How did you originally get started racing motocross?
A buddy down the street from me had a bike and raced at Carlsbad Raceway, and I used to live right by there. I went out to check it out. My dad got me a bike when I was 14 and I rode it for two days and then went to Carlsbad to race, and then to Barona. I’ve stuck with it ever since.
What has been your biggest accomplishment in racing?
In 1997, I won the World Mini as an Intermediate. I was 1st in stock and 2nd in mod. I turned pro the following year in 1998.
How was the transition from Intermediate to the pro class for you?
Right when I turned pro, I wasn’t quite ready for it, so it was kind of a back and forth battle between trying to get used to the pro class and the expense of racing. Then I had a bunch of injuries throughout my time as a pro.
Do you find that as a Vet Pro it is harder to find the time to ride and train to be competitive?
It is a little tougher, and also tougher on the body as far as recovery. I am in the best shape of my life right now though, so I feel like it is a little easier out on the track for me. But it is that adrenaline rush out on the track that keeps me going.