TWMX Race Series Racer Profile

Gary Dellegatte

Age: 50

Hometown: Corona, California

Classes Raced: 50 Expert

Sponsors: JT, Acerbis, Pro Circuit

Gary Dellegatte has been around motocross racing his entire life, and he has just started to show up at the TWMX Race Series events. He is a pleasure to watch on his high-revving Yamaha YZ125, competing against the other vets on their booming four-strokes. We caught up with him at Milestone to see what he was all about.

With everyone around you riding four-strokes, why do you still choose to ride a two-stroke?

Why else? Because when they break, they’re cheaper to fix!

We haven’t seen you in out here at the Transworld Race Series since the TransAm, how do you like the way we run our events?

I like the! They are good and fast. The program keeps going so we get out of here at a good time. Nothing worse than being at the track all day waiting around.

Would you like to tell me about owning your own company?

I own a company called Gaudy Safety Optics, we make construction glasses and shooting glasses.

How long have you been racing and what led you to choose motocross?

I was kinda born into it, my parents owned a Honda shop in Whittier. I think I started racing when I was about four.

Who is the biggest influence in your racing?

I probably have to say the old O’Show, Johnny O’Mara the 125 specialist. Well, him, or Dommer Gaytan. He’s pretty amazing.

Besides racing, do you participate in any other sports or hobbies?

Nope, I work and race, it’s all I have time for. It’s almost a full-time job to keep these things running.

What are your favorite types of tracks and track obstacles?

Glen Helen is probably my favorite track, that’s a real motocross track. It get’s rough and has uphills and downhills.

How seriously do you take your racing, is it just for fun or do you have bigger aspirations?

No, just for fun right now. I’m a vet!

What is your favorite thing about being a motocross racer?

Hanging out with my friends at the track, like I haven’t seen Dommer in a while.

What would you rather do, holeshot a race and run away or come from behind to win?

Come from behind. It’s much more satisfying.

Tell me about your bike and why you chose it and what have you done to make it work well for you?

Well, I bought this in 2001, it’s my old race bike. Yamahas are the best two-strokes out there so, it was sitting in my garage for the last 17 years. I just put it back together and fixed it and put new equipment on it, like 2014 forks. The Yamaha YZ125 is my ideal race machine.