By Megan Maeda
Name: David O’Connor
Hometown: Waterford, Ireland
Classes raced: Vet Novice, Vet Novice Open
Sponsors: KTM, KTM Power Wear, KTM Power Parts, WP Suspension, Motorex, FMF, Dunlop, Jay Clark
As a Media Relations Technician at KTM North America, David O’Connor spends a lot of time at the track watching TransWorld Motocross test riders having fun on the machines he prepares. Last weekend, however, it was his turn to throw his leg over the saddle of a KTM 350 SX-F, and spend the day racing at the last TWMX Race Series event of the year.
You do a great job taking care of the TransWorld MX guys, and it’s so great to have you as our guest today! So, tell me about your job at KTM?
My job at KTM is media relations technician, so every new bike that comes in for TransWorld Motocross goes through us. We will uncrate it, prepare it, break it in, go to the test, help the test riders get happy on the bike for the first day, and then when anybody needs parts, we come out and work on the bikes. My job is just to make everyone’s job easier, I’ll take care of all that and TransWorld can come up with the good stories!
How long have you been racing and what led you to choose motocross?
I’ve been racing since I was 15. I started off in Ireland on a 125, raced all the way up until 2006 when I moved to the United States. In Ireland, I made it as an A rider and then I discovered when I moved here the pace was a faster and got demoted back to C class. (Laughs)
Do you participate in any other sports or hobbies?
I like to mountain bike, kayak, body board in the summer. Surfing, I’m trying, but I’m not very good at it.
What are your favorite types of tracks and track obstacles?
I’m definitely a fan of Glen Helen, that’s why I came out today when Donn invited me out and it’s more like a natural style European track, like rough up and down hills, that and Cahuilla are my favorite tracks. I’m not much of a jumper coming from Europe.
What is your favorite thing about being a motocross racer?
Just the excitement off the start and trying to get a holeshot is so excited. Your heart rate goes up just about when the gate is about to drop, it’s an exciting sport!
Tell me about your bike and why you chose it and what have you done to make it work for you?
Right now I’m on a 2018 KTM 350 SX-F. So, I’ve just switched as I was always a 250F rider for the World Vet race, but I wanted some more horsepower for the start and it was a bike I borrowed from work. I really gelled with it, so I’m on 100 cc more my regular 250. Main changes I did to the bike was switching the handlebars to make it tailored to me, new shocks that differ for my weight, other than that it is a stock motorcycle!
At the TransWorld race series, we try to offer a better racing experience, what do you think of our event?
It is a really well-run event. It’s my first-time coming out, I’ll definitely be back for more! I was kind of nervous, I didn’t know how fast the pace was and it is a good fun series.