Hometown: Laguna Niguel, California
Classes Raced: 50 Expert, 40 Expert
Sponsors: Dirt Bike Magazine, Amuse Racing, 6D Helmets, Gaerne, EKS Brand, Maxima
Pete Murray has been a fixture in Southern California motocross for over four decades. From his years as CMC number one to his multiple championships at the Dubya Vet World Championships, “Grandpa” and his familiar number seven has always been a familiar site at the front of the pack. One of Dirt Bike Magazine’s main test riders for years, Murray has ridden just about everything. It was a pleasure to have him join us at the TransAm Vet Classic!
Thanks for coming out to the TransAm, what do you think of our event?
I had a great time, it was really, really fun. I was actually only able to come one day – I had to work yesterday – but it kind of worked out that I was able to do two motos in the two classes today. I had a great time and can’t wait for next year!
How does it compare riding a two-stroke against all the four-strokes?
It’s really hard, especially a 125 and earlier in the day when the track was smooth, it just made it that much harder because the guys on the big four-strokes…well, it’s pretty easy for them to go fast. I kinda chose to do this because next weekend is the two-stroke race and I haven’t had much time on this bike, so I thought I might as well come out on this and make it hard for myself. (Laughs)
How did you like the track layout?
I thought it was really good, it flowed well. I usually don’t like it when they have the separations in the track, but the one they had today was really equal. Normally it ends up getting lopsided and one ends up being the only one everyone really takes. With this one today, I don’t think it really mattered, it was good!
How long have you been racing and what led you to choose motocross?
I started racing when I was 18, so that would be 40 years ago. Kinda scary, but I used to just ride in the hills and one of my buddies said we should go race and we did. Since then I was so hooked and I had so much fun doing it, and for the most part, I haven’t stopped.
Who is the biggest influence in your racing?
You know it’s hard, there are just so many people throughout the years. I’m gonna throw a little love out there to Ross Maeda because I met him in my pretty early racing days and became friends with him back then. He was a good example, he was always very helpful to everybody, so he was one of the guys in the early days that really did make a difference.