A few weeks back we were introduced to the rookie class of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. While many first-timers will enter in their local event throughout the summer, few rookies looking to begin their career enter the series late. Those who do tend to arrive just after competing at Loretta Lynn's in August. However, Phoenix Racing and Carson Brown made their entrance this past weekend at High Point. Brown has competed in Arenacross and the Canadian Nationals and has been patiently waiting for this moment. We had a chat with Brown to learn more about what's in store for the beginning of his professional career.
We're at High Point and today is your rookie debut, what led to this being your first race?
The whole Phoenix Racing team came together and decided to make my pro debut here. I think it's good and I'm excited. I've never really been back East so it's all new to me, but I think it'll be good.
What are your plans for the rest of this season and beyond at the moment?
We're going to do this one and for sure Muddy Creek, and then hopefully we'll keep on going from there, but we'll see how these two go. I really love doing these and I really love riding my dirt bike [laughs]. As long as we can keep this going, I'll be happy.
So as far as 2019 goes, are there any plans for Supercross or are you just taking it one step at a time?
Yeah, so for 2019 we're planning on doing the West Coast region of Supercross and then race the outdoors again. I'm looking forward to it.
You've made a name for yourself on social media, especially Instagram. How much do you think that's helped you get to the point that you're at right now?
It's really awesome! I've been showing videos or whatever of when I'm riding and I've had people film it so I can spread the love around. I think it's really benefited me in helping get my name out there. It's kind of cool that it's grown up from that.
You mentioned that you've never been on the East Coast before. Coming from the Pacific Northwest, how different is it for you and how much have you had to adapt so far?
Adapting to the weather and the humidity, I really didn't think it was going to be as hard as it is. It's been good though. We've been out here the last ten days trying to get used to it. I know that's kind of a short amount of time, but I think each day is getting better for me.
Leading up to Muddy Creek, will you stay out East to continue practicing?
Yeah, we'll stay in North Carolina during the week and keep practicing at all of the local tracks over there. We'll keep trying to dial the bike in and improve every day.
Give me a brief rundown of the Phoenix racing team and how this came together.
Well, Justyn [Amstutz] and David [Eller] put it together and it's pretty cool. We're with Ben Lamay and Heath Harrison and Jace Owen and those guys. It's been really beneficial to have those guys here to show me the way since this is my first one. They're showing me how it works.
How does this compare to the Arenacross racing you've done leading up to this point?
It's crazy, but you just have to keep it wide open. Every lap counts and you have to be wide open from the very start. It's definitely a thing that I have to get used to, but I think I'll be able to adapt to it!