By Chase Curtis
Tylor Matcham, 17
Hometown: Riverside, CA
Sponsors: Ethika, Dasa, FMF, SPY, John Burr, SLMX School, Split Designs, Rekluse, Factory Connection, Works Connection, IMS, Renthal
Motocross is as much of a mentally demanding sport, as it is a physically demanding sport. If a racer is constantly disappointed in their results and doesn’t have the right mindset, it is hard for things to improve. Tylor Matcham wasn’t pleased with his racing results, so he made the smart decision to take a break from racing, and focus on improving his skills on the bike. After half-a-year off from racing, the 17-year-old joined us at Cahuilla Creek for his first race back. By the end of the day, Tylor raced his way to a second overall in the School Boy (125/250F) class. We had the opportunity to catch up with the newly returned racer, and find out more about his break from the racing scene.
What brings you out to Cahuilla Creek today?
I’m here to race the TWMXRS, and hopefully put down some solid laps. I haven’t raced in a while, so I’m a little rusty.
When was the last time you raced?
It’s been a while. The last time I raced was about six or seven months ago.
What made you take such a long break from racing?
I just wasn’t happy with my results, so I decided to take some time off from racing, and focus on training and improving my skills on the bike.
How is training with Sean Lipanovich and SLMX?
It’s been really good! We’ve had a couple training sessions, and I can already notice a difference in my riding style. He keeps me on my toes, and helps keep my momentum going forward.
Since the start of your training sessions, what improvements have you noticed?
My corner speed has really improved! We’ve been working on corners quite a-bit, with how fast I’m going into, and exiting the corners.
What got you into riding and racing?
My whole family has been around the motocross scene, so when I turned three, I got a bike and starting riding.
Where’s your favorite place to ride?
I haven’t found my favorite track in SoCal yet. (Laughs) Besides tracks, I love Glamis. There is something about the environment out there that just really makes riding that much more fun. I love shredding the dunes, and railing the big sand berms.
Do you think your experience at Glamis, and in the sand, will help you out on the sandy track today?
Probably not (laughs). Yeah I’m sure it will, I feel like I am pretty comfortable in the sand.
While training, what’s your daily routine?
I usually get up at 5:00 AM, and then I road bike for about an hour. After road-biking, I’ll go ride at the track, then come home and wash the bikes. And then sleep and repeat. (Laughs)
Since you haven’t race for a while, Is the whole racing environment intimidating at all?
If I wasn’t out here, with all my buddies, having a good time, I would probably be pretty nervous right now. Hanging out with friends helps out a lot with the nerves.
I see you have a lifted truck, how much does it suck loading up bikes?
Dude, you don’t even know. (Laughs) This isn’t the race rig though, I have a van too.
Why didn’t you bring the van today?
Too many kids came out of it the last time I rolled up. (Laughs)
During your absence from racing, over the past months, how much have you been riding?
I’ve been riding quite a-bit, I usually ride every-day during the week.
What would you like to do with your future and racing motocross?
The ultimate dream is to become a pro and race supercross.
How was your Arenacross experience?
It was pretty sick! I raced it two years in-a-row. I won the Schoolboy championship during my first year, so that was pretty awesome. This last year, I won about every race, but then I messed up in Vegas.
What’s your favorite track snack?
Definitely a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
What is your favorite thing about training with Sean Lipanovich?
Him and I are seriously like the same person, we are both super laid back and chill, and we always have fun. So it’s awesome!
What are your racing plans for the next year?
We are going to attempt to qualify for Loretta Lynn’s this year, and race that for my first time. After that, we are thinking about moving up to the “A” class next year, and start working on obtaining my points from Arenacross, to race SX.