Muscle Milk TWMX Race Series Profile: Bobby Catren

Bobby Catren, 23
Riverside, CA
Sponsors: Feal Suspension
At the opening round of the Summer Cup at Milestone MX, the 450 Intermediate class had an unfamiliar number at the front of the pack.  The #828 Yamaha was piloted by Bobby Catren, who battled through the entire first moto to take the win.  The second moto again brought on a fierce battle, Catren was pushing hard through every lap, but this time crossed the finish line in the runner up position to take home second overall on his YZ450F.  Seeing a new rider out in front of the Intermediate class got our attention, so we went to go learn more about the newcomer to the series.
What brings you out to the Muscle Milk/TWMX race today?
I saw the flier, I had just done another series a while back which was the first one in a long time, but I thought this series would be a good one to come out and race.  It is spread out over the summer a bit so it gives me time get together and get my bike ready.
How did you originally get started racing?
My dad had a Harley when I was young, and he built me a trike and I started learning to ride that when I was a couple years old.  When I was about 10, my mom bought me an XR100.  I trail rode out in Reche Canyon where I grew up.  I rode that day in and day out and just learned to ride.  Then in 2004 I started racing 125 Beginner and then moved into Novice and was always one of the top guys, but never really progressed past that level.  That was in about ’06 and ’07.  I haven’t really pursued it since then though.
What was it about racing that drew you into it when you were younger?
That was what I enjoyed to do, I just liked to ride my dirt bike and it was my hobby.  Other people have their sports and this and that, but I would come home from school, throw my gear on and go ride my motorcycle until the sun went down.  Racing was just a whole different experience, I loved it and it was a lot of fun.
What do you do for training to stay in race shape?
I work 50-60 hours a week, then try to come here to Milestone at 6:00 in the afternoon and put in a moto or two.  I have the Fast Pass so I can come out here and do 10 laps and be happy.  I live about 10 minutes from here so it works well.  That’s about all I do.  I jog here and there or cycle, but nothing serious.
Having to work that many hours, is it hard to fit in the time to ride and race?
Yeah, it is definitely hard, having to work and pay all of my bills and then try to keep my bike up and keep myself in shape.  By the time I get home, it’s been 12 hours since I left the house and I’m tired, but I want to do some cardio and I want do something, but the couch sucks me in quick.  The last couple weeks I’ve been trying to ride and job to get ready for the racing.  I tried to get at least a little prepared as best as I can.
What other things do you do besides motocross?
I just kind of hang out, I don’t really do much else.  I work so much and six days a week so I don’t have time for much.  I’m recently engaged to Sarah, so we spend a lot of our free time together.
What does she think about your racing?
She likes it, so I’ll hold on to it as long as I can. 
What is your goal when you come out to race? 
Winning the first moto was great, I haven’t won an Intermediate race in a while.  I’ve been 4th, 3rd or midpack, depending on how many people showed up.  That was nice, and felt good to win.  I just want to come out here and have fun and get some good laps in and do the best I can.  Some guys are way more serious in it than I am, but I still want to come out and do good.  I’m very competitive so it comes natural.