Fast Talk: A Few Minutes with MX Champ Jesse Hodges

Fast Talk:  A Few Minutes with MX Champ Jesse Hodges

 

Jesse Hodges, 32, has been a fixture in the MX scene at Rocky Mountain Raceways and has won numerous races and championships. In 2015 he captured the Over 25 A class, Over 30 A, Open Pro, 450F pro and was also named 2015 Racer of the Year/Overall Champion. He recently spent a few minutes talking to RMR Marketing Communications Manager Jim Burton.

 

How did you get started in motocross?: I’ve been riding since I was four. My dad bought me my first motorcycle. He used to race motocross. My cousin (Shane Turpin) is a professional AMA street bike racer.

 

So, how did you get involved in MX racing, was that just the natural progression for you?: I just decided I wanted to start racing when I was 20, and I did. I started when I was 20 in Intermediate, I skipped Junior and Beginner because I’d been riding my whole life. (Before I was 20) I did freestyle. I free rode, I raced BMX for a lot of years growing up.

 

You’ve done really well racing at RMR, what was it like for you to progress through the different classes?: I’ve done pretty well in general most of my racing career. I’ve always rode 450s — well, 250 2-stroke — and then 450s. I just started hanging out with friends who raced and I just decided one day, I want to race. So I signed up for Intermediate, got 3rd my first race, decided I liked the competition side of it and just moved up. 

 

During the season we happened to get a picture of you helping your son (4-year-old, Jason) ride his bike in after a race, what’s it like watching him race? It must be fun: It is fun, a little nerve-wracking, but it’s fun. I think (racing) is good for him. It teaches him skills.Hodges

 

As a father, being on a different side of the track, is it sometimes hard to watch?: No. I mean, when he crashes, yeah it is, but other than that, no. I enjoy the progression. I like to see him. I work with him a lot, his mom (Heather) works with him a lot. She was the No. 1 woman (racer) in Utah for a lot of years. 

 

Well, it probably won’t be long before he’s out there dominating. He’s got a pretty good lineage between dad and mom: I hope so, for his sake. 

Curt Stewart, our MX manager at RMR, has been working very hard to change the layout of our MX track. Have you seen it yet?: Yeah, I’ve got the layout. Him and I talk once a week. I think he’s just about done screening, so he’s gonna start building now and start cutting lanes. I’ve been going over some jump stuff with him, if I can help him. 

Do You Want To See The NEW Motocross Track Design?

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If you haven’t heard yet, The Rocky Mountain Raceways Motocross Track is getting a face lift for the 2016 Season.

The RMR Motocross Team has been moving dirt since the end of the season to make way for all the future changes. There are many steps to make this happen, but first, they are screening all the dirt to get rid of as many rocks as possible. This is a very time consuming process but in the end, will be well worth it.

Many of our racers are proving impatient and keep asking for the NEW design, here is your chance. Check out the Rocky Mountain Raceways Motocross Facebook Page, and if you haven’t already, “LIKE” the page. Share with all your Motocross friends and get them to “LIKE” the page as well. Curt Stewart has agreed to share the NEW Track Design as soon as the page reaches 1,300 fans. Get Sharing Now!

We will be holding contests on the Rocky Mountain Raceways Motocross Facebook Page throughout the off-season so make sure you “Like” the page and stay informed.