TWMX Race Series Racer Profile

Rene Garcia

Age: 17

Hometown: Perris, Ca

Classes Raced: 250B, Schoolboy 2, 450B

Sponsors: Free The Peeps, Film Inc. Fly Racing, Magari Goggles, 6D, TBT Suspension, Bill’s Pipes, Milestone MX, Perris MX

Rene Garcia has been a regular competitor at the TWMX Race Series since he was on 85s. Now a top contender in the Intermediate classes, the speedy kid from Perris is one of the nicest kids we’ve met and has been recently recruited to help us with some new bike testing. We caught up with him at the West Coast Open finale at Glen Helen.

How long have you been racing motocross and what led you to choose it?

I started racing motocross when I was five. My dad was always into bikes in general as a kid and as soon as he was old enough to buy himself one, he got them and got into dirtbikes. He saw little bikes and other little kids riding and he decided to get me one and I just started racing, like I said when I was around five. I started taking it a little more serious when I turned 13, started going to Nationals and seeing where I stretch up against those guys. Yeah, I’ve been doing it ever since.

Do you participate in any other sports or have any other hobbies?

Not really, this is pretty much everything I do, I enjoy mountain biking and going to Crossfit to work out, but all that stuff is kind of cross training to help out my riding, really.

 

I heard you do downhill mountain biking, can you tell me a little bit about that?

I just started getting into it, I would say I’m a novice downhill mountain biker. It’s really fun, it’s just something that kind of gets your mind off racing, it’s not as serious I guess you could say. It’s just all fun, I really like it it reminds me kind of when I used to ride in the desert just for fun. It’s good training and I get to have a little bit of fun so it works out.

How seriously do you take your racing, is it for fun or do you have bigger aspirations?

I really want to go pro and that’s the goal. Right now I’m working hard with my trainer Justin Buckelew to get there and get to where I want to be. I see myself as a professional and doing really well and I just got to keep working hard, that’s really what I thrive off of. My ability to work hard gives the feeling I’ll get there.

Who is the biggest influence in your racing?

My biggest influence in my racing is actually my other trainer who passed away, Jaisaac Sloan. He was the hardest working person I knew and ever┬ásince he passed away, it’s changed my life completely. I just have a different outlook on racing and life in general. So, he’s my motivation every day. He believed in me, and I just want to make him proud.

What is your favorite thing about being a motocross racer?

My favorite thing about being a motocross racer is it’s what I have fun doing and I’ve been doing it for so long, it’s all I know. I thrive off of getting better and working hard, getting past rough patches. Dealing with everything like injuries and overcoming it gives me a sense of accomplishment. I really believe motocross racers don’t get enough credit for how tough this sport really is and we’re not like any other sport where all the money and fame is, it’s not at that level yet. But, we definitely put in just as much work if not more to go race dirtbikes and play in the dirt all day, I love it.

What is your favorite type of track and track obstacles?

I like more technical tracks that are a little bit more rutted. I guess you could say a little slower? Like medium paced. I’ve been working a lot harder on getting better at tracks like this, Glen Helen, which is a lot more high speed and dusty. I definitely feel like I like more supercross style tracks too.

At the TransWorld Race Series, we try to offer a better racing experience, what do you think of our events?

I really like them! They’re cool, laid back, and we get a good group of some really fast kids here. So it’s a really good race for you to come out to the local Southern California tracks and see where you stack up. There’s some good competition here, so that’s what I’m here today to do. I’m getting ready for Loretta Lynn’s Regional and so I’m here to get some ride time with some fast guys to see where I’m at.

Tell me about your bike and why you choose it and what have you done to make it work well for you?

This is a Honnda CRF250R. I got it because I really like the handling. We got a really good deal on it, I’ve worked really hard with TBT to get the suspension dialed in and I feel like I got a really good setting. Bill’s Pipes also helps us out a ton with this and also Alan Brown does my motor work. I don’t have much into it, just a little bit it’s really hard to really go all out on a four-stroke, nothing too crazy…just a little bit of work in the engine. I’m really happy with it and I believe it suits my style very well. It’s good, I like it.

You have a sponsor, Free The Peeps, can you tell me a little more about who that is?

Free The Peeps is run by a guy named Jimmy Sloan, he is also the owner of Perris and Milestone MX. That just kind of came along because he started training me when I was 12 and we started to take racing more seriously. Jaissac was Jimmy’s son. They’ve shown us the way and guided us through this journey. I definitely wouldn’t be who I was without them, they taught me a lot. From bringing a technical side to racing to a general idea of how you have to look at it, Jimmy has taught me everything. He’s helped us out a lot, from filming and training at the tracks that I get to ride for free, he’s just been a humongous part of our program. Our relationship has grown tremendously and we’re honestly like family now, it’s not even really like a sponsorship, this whole family is amazing and I couldn’t have done it without them.