TWMX Race Series Racer Profile
Hometown: Carson, California
Classes Raced: 30 Novice, Vet Novice Open
Sponsors: My hard work!
Garrett Spaeth is proof that you can gain speed and skill as a vet racer. He’s been racing on and off for half of his life, and now at the age of 31 he is faster than he has ever been. We caught up with him at the Milestone opener of the Terra Firma Series.
Motocross can be a pretty pricey sport and since you’re your own sponsor, where do you work during the week when you’re not racing?
I work for a company called Luxottica Retail. We do a lot of sun and eyewear, so we own like Ray-Ban and Oakley, a lot of the eyewear brands.
How long have you been racing motocross and what led you to chose it?
I started racing when I was around 15, but took some breaks in there a couple times during college and a little after. I got back to it because what better time is there than spending the day with your friends and riding your motorcycle. I’m 31 now, so on and off for 15 years.
Would you say the family aspect is your favorite part of racing?
Definitely, growing up being able to spend that time with family and friends, it’s probably the best time you can have.
Outside of motocross do you play any other sports or have any other hobbies?
Yeah! I play hockey, pretty often actually, about 2-3 times a week. So I use that to stay in shape a little bit.
We’re at Milestone today, do you have anything, in particular, you love about this track? Any favorite track or track obstacle?
Milestone is probably my favorite track, I do like Sunrise though, but I don’t get to go up there as often. This one is a little closer for me. I love a good turn and a good rut.
How seriously do you take your racing, is it just for fun or do you have bigger aspirations?
This is actually my first race in about a year now and its good to get back into it. I really want to get back into taking it a little more seriously again.
What would you rather do, holeshot a race and run away or come from behind to win?
Honestly, I would rather come from behind whether I’m winning or not I’d like to come from behind. It’s fun to get in there with your friends and dice it up.
So I heard this is the last time you’re going to be riding the bike you rode today and you have a new bike awaiting you, can you tell me about the two?
The bike I rode today is a 2014 Suzuki RM-Z450, I’m retiring it after my last moto. I purchased a KTM 450 SX-F from Three Brothers yesterday. I’m looking forward to getting that bike out and riding that one. It’s been a long time on Suzukis for me, but I figured I’d try a different color.