Nick Sanchez, 23
Lancaster, CA
Sponsors: MGSX, J&A Racing
 
Nick Sanchez came out to the Competitive Edge Rounds of the Spring Series finale to put in some laps at race pace.  Working towards getting his AMA pro points to compete at the nationals and work his way into supercross, Sanchez is facing tough hurdles, as are many other privateer riders, as support for racers making their way into the pro ranks has become hard to find with the recent economic times.  The high desert rider is working on overcoming those hurdles, but must balance out his full time job with his racing regimen.
 
 
What was your path to making the pro class?
I've been riding since I was 5 years old and I turned pro when I was 17.  So I've been riding pro for a while now after a lot of years of racing.
 
What has been your accomplishments since turning pro?
I've raced the AMA races to get my pro points, but I've just struggled getting to the races.  I've done pretty good, I've gotten a top 10 in Lake Whitney when it was still around.  I've done a lot of the qualifiers, the Mammoth qualifiers and I've been getting top 5's in those.  That's about it lately.
 
What is your long term goal with motocross?
Hopefully by the end of this year's national series I will be able to make it to Elsinore at the end and try to get a point so I can race supercross next year in 450's. 
 
Do you have another job besides motocross?
I'm an electrician full time.
 
Do you find it is hard to balance the full time career with your motocross training?
I train at least 3 times a week and ride about 50 miles a week on my road bike.  I get to ride only about once a week on Saturdays or Sundays.
 
Beside the road bike, what other training do you do?
I do a little weight lifting, squats, presses, but that's about it.
 
How much do you think that affects your goal of getting to the nationals?
It is a big part of pursuing the pro racing.  It affects it a lot.
 
 
What drives you to race motocross?
I just grew up doing it.  It's been in my life since I was 5 years old.
 
Does the rest of your family ride also?
My brother rides a little bit, but they all pretty much just support me 100%.
 
When you were growing up, was it a family activity?
Oh yeah, every weekend for years.
 
What other activities do you have besides motocross? 
That pretty much it.  I go to work from 8 to 4, then I go train or get on my road bike, then go to sleep and then wake up and do it all over again.
 
What other races do you do besides the Transworld Race Series?
I try to get to the bigger ones, like the bigger amateur ones, as many as I can.  Last year I all the races that gave pro points, I traveled to Arizona and some other races that I've never been to so I can get my pro points.
 
What's your favorite race that you've done?
My favorite track and race I've done was Lake Whitney.  Different dirt, it was all clay, and we never get to ride in that out here.  It was awesome.
 
You threw down a couple heel clickers over the finish line, is that your signature move?
Yeah, that's pretty much my only trick, that and a whip.