TWMX Race Series Racer Profile
Name: Steve Piattoni
Hometown: Brea, CA
Classes Raced: 50 Expert, 40 Intermediate
Sponsors: Shock Therapy
Steve Piattoni has been a mainstay in SoCal motocross for many years, and as owner of Shock Therapy Racing, he has developed a shining reputation as one of the best suspension tuners in the business. Shock Therapy isn’t limited to suspension work, however, as Steve is a life-long mechanic who can fix just about anything dirt bike related! We caught up with Piattoni at round one of the El Dorado Nationals, held at Glen Helen Raceway.
How long have you been racing and what led you to choose motocross?
I’ve been racing since I was about 16, so a long time. My dad had a motorcycle when I was a kid and when he got me one I started riding and that was it. I fell in love with it and kept going ever since.
Do you participate in any other sports or have any other hobbies?
I played ice hockey when I was younger for many years, but I quit that because I thought I was going to be a professional motocross racer…and we know how that worked out. (Laughs) For my other hobbies, I like going to the river.
Who is your biggest influence in your racing?
Originally it was my dad, but since then it has became my business, so then it has become my everything; my life. Since it’s my business, it keeps me involved and knowing what’s going on. Influence as far as pros go, I liked Bob Hannah when I was younger and I actually met him and rode with him at Saddleback, that was when he was a big influence to me.
How did you get involved in motocross and tell me a little bit about your company, Shock Therapy?
I got involved when I was young, just started racing friends in my neighborhood and fell in love with it. My family owns an automotive garage so I was a mechanic my whole life, and then I just started tinkering with suspension and bikes. I started it as a hobby in my garage and the next thing I know I had a shop, and it’s my business now! That’s just how it worked out!
How seriously do you take racing? Is it just for fun or do you have bigger aspirations?
Well, I do it for fun and I do it for business. At my age, you just kinda gotta do it for fun. When I was younger I wanted to be a pro, I have to admit I tried hard, I trained, I rode, I did everything you’re supposed to do, but I just didn’t have it so now it’s just a fun hobby. My wife says it’s my happy place.
What are your favorite types of tracks and track obstacles?
As a 55-year-old, I’m kind of iffy on the jumps these days but I still love to jump and I love jumps. I love downhills, that’s why I love Glen Helen.
At the TransWorld Race Series, we try to offer a better racing experience, what do you think of our events?
They’re great! You have a lot of great turn out, a lot of people, you get a fairly good amount of laps for the number of people here, and it’s ran real smooth.
What is your favorite thing about being a motocross racer?
It keeps me in shape for one thing, a little bit, as long as I don’t get hurt. It’s just the people you meet, part of the fun of going to the races and riding is hanging out with your friends, the people you meet, the commodity of the people, and everyone is really good people.
Tell me about your bike and why you chose it, and what have you done to make it work for you?
I just got a new Suzuki because I’ve been riding Suzukis for most of my life. Had a KTM and a Honda, but I just went back to what I’m comfortable with, and that’s pretty much why I chose it.Right now it’s just stock except for I’ve done the suspension, of course!