TWMX Race Series Racer Profile
Hometown: Spokane, Washington
Classes Raced: 450 Pro, Open Pro
Sponsors: IB Corp Racing, Yamaha, Skitzer Solutions, ETerra, Dedicated to Riding
Noah McConahy is a speedy pro from the Pacific Northwest and we were surprised to see him on the line at the West Coast Open Glen Helen event. A normal site at the Lucas Oil 250 MX Nationals, its always nice to see an unfamiliar face at our events.
How long have you been racing and what led you to choose motocross?
I’ve been racing since I was three, and it was just kind of something I was brought up into. I was good at it when I was young, so I decided to just keep going with it.
Do you participate in any other sports or have any other hobbies?
I played basketball through high school when I was growing up and had to make the decision: race or basketball. Also, mountain biking, hunting in the mountains, I’m from Washington so kind of the outdoors stuff is my getaway from riding. I want to pick up some new hobbies down here, but I’m not very good at water sports. (Laughs)
How seriously do you take your racing, is it just for fun or do you have bigger aspirations?
I’d say it’s pretty serious because riding for a team, doing the 250 West Series you can’t really just have fun, you have employers and goals you have to meet, but there is the side that you can’t take it too seriously. You have to find that fine line. Last year, I got inside the top 10 and then I broke my back, so I missed the whole season. That’s been my goal to come back and be back inside the top 10.
Tell me about the team you race for…
IB Corp Yamaha is an awesome team to ride for, the bike is really good. Twisted Development does the engines. We have a lot of support from your uncle at enzo racing! But yeah, I was on another team last year and I had the chance to go over to them this year. Just the knowledge from everyone, training with Ryan Hughes is great. Jamie Ellis is also the manager and he has been a big benefit for me coming back from my injury. The team this year we’ve had a little bit of a bad luck season, but we’re going to have some good results coming up. Also, the addition of Blake Warton has been super big for my training and confidence.
Who is the biggest influence in your racing?
I’d say that my family is. My brother raced and then he had cancer when I was about 14 so he continued racing after that, but it really put everything on hold for him. That’s when I made the decision that I had a gift and talent and wanted to go with it. My family and I we’ve been through a lot so, it’s kind of like anything I do, they do it with me. So, I’d say that’s my biggest inspiration.
What are your favorite types of tracks and track obstacles?
I’d say natural terrain hills, like my hometown track, Washougal. I like big jumps to throw whips off of, and good ruts with some hard packed soil are what I like.
At the TransWorld Race Series we try to offer a better racing experience, what do you think of our events? This is your first one, right?
I thought this was awesome, I did an amateur national last weekend and I was a little bit disappointed just with the layout and everything. But today, I didn’t know what to expect coming out here and the track prep from outdoor nationals to this is actually very similar. Also, for the pros it offers a lot of time on the track, it’s a good warm-up race leading to outdoors. I like it!
What is your favorite thing about being a professional motocross racer?
Just getting to do what I love every day.
Tell me about your bike and why you chose it and what have you done to make it work well for you?
The Yamaha YZ450F is all new, and I haven’t had any time to really test with it. Right now we are in the process of getting the suspension done, FMF gave me an exhaust for it. The biggest thing I’m picky about is my bar setup which I was able to test last week, so I have a good front end set up we just kinda started on this thing. My supercross bike though is set up perfectly for me.