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Rapid Fire with Ricky Russell

1. Last playlist played on iPod: I’m not really sure. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of country.
2. Last person to text you: My mom, telling me good job.
3. Favorite restaurant: Hmm… I don’t know. There is too many. I like Olive Garden and Red Robin.
4. Are you a coffee drinker? No, not a fan of coffee.
5. Favorite place to ride: I like to ride everywhere. Back home I always liked to go east to Cle Elum and Taneum.
6. Hobby other than racing: Lately I’ve just been riding and racing. I used to enjoy snowmobiling, skiing, fishing, and bmxing.
7. Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate
8. Idol? Probably Destry Abbott, and now after hanging out over here, I have become a huge fan of Paul Whibley.
9. First thing you do in the morning? Usually eat something, then brush my teeth.
10. What type of conditions do you race best in? Kinda just depends on how the day goes, but I like the technical nasty stuff!
11. Last movie you watched? Project X
12. Boxers or briefs? Briefs, I like the support.
13. What bend of handle bars do you run? Fasst Flex Bars,I think they are just standard degree. Best bars ever!
14. In your opinion, who is the greatest rider of all time? The Goat, his name is Goat for a reason.
15. How old are you? 22
16. iPhone or android? Android
18. Any pre-race superstitions? Not really, I always clap my hands together until they hurt to try and help with arm pump.
19. Favorite dessert? I love dessert. Almost anything. Vanilla ice cream with peanut butter and chocolate syrup is the best!
20. Ford or Chevy? Chevy. For sure.
21. Blondes or brunettes? Either or, more towards blondes.
22. Favorite breakfast food? My favorite is crepes, but normally I like yogurt with granola and bananas.
23. Guilty pleasure? Sleeping in too long and eating too much junk food.
24. Interstate or backroads? What ever my phone says is the quickest way!
25. Number one thing on bucket list? Get on the podium this year.

2013-fl-gncc-117Being a new face to the GNCC scene, what are your expectations for yourself in the 2013 season?
I just always want to be improving and learning new things as the series goes on.

What were your thoughts on your first two races this year?
Florida: Well going into each race I really didn’t know what to expect. Everyone told me that Florida sucks and it’s a lot of sand whoops. That’s not really my style, I just wanted to get through it unharmed and finish. I finished, but my body was blistered, bruised, and beat! So, with Georgia only four days away I knew I needed to recuperate and just get through it. They were both rough courses, and totally opposites when it comes to type of riding. I learned a lot at both events though.

Georgia: Yea, Georgia wasn’t going good the first half, but I was able to put my head down and charge the last half. I was about 10 seconds behind Ashburn and was going for the pass on Takeshi with two corners to go, when he decided to blow me through the banner. It’s a part of racing though. I was a little bummed, but I definitely learned a few more things about the race and who I am racing against.

What series did you race on the West Coast prior to coming over here? How do they differ from east coast racing?
Back home, in Washington, I raced the local series called the NMA Off road series. They are a very similar type of racing. One of the biggest differences is I am used to 2 1/2 hour races, where GNCC Racing is 3-hours. That extra half hour makes it just that much more physically demanding. Also, the intensity is much higher. I am pushing myself so much harder than I have ever had to in any local races. I’m getting there, just not quite with the front runners yet.

Are you planning on racing any other series while you are on the East Coast?
I’m not doing any other particular series, but I plan on racing random races all over.

If you could race anywhere in the world, where would you like to race?
I would like to try some of the extreme enduros like Erzberg, but that would simply just be to try. We’ll see, after this year I might be racing where I want to be racing.

You are obviously in shape to hang with the top contenders at the GNCCs, what did you do to help prepare yourself for the brutal 3 hour races?
I don’t know if I’m quite where I want to be for being in shape, but I am getting there. I have been training a lot this past month with Paul and some other friends back where I’m staying. I can tell it is helping me.

Name one thing you would change about the industry.
I just wish the economy would get better. At least back to where it used to be when the industry was more into racing, and all the factory bike brands had a team.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years as far as racing goes? What is your plan to get there?
Hopefully in 5 years I will have a few championships under my belt. Of course that’s what we all want. I plan on giving it my all to make it happen.

Which rider would you like to have the style of, the heart of, and the fitness of?
I don’t really know. I just want to be myself, ride like I know I can, and have the fitness needed to win races.

If you could have any outside sponsor you wanted, who would it be?
I’d have to say Monster or Red Bull. They are two of the largest motorsports sponsors out there.

If you could race against any past champion who would it be?
Right now I am racing against some of the guys I have always looked up to, and that is a great feeling. If I could go back in time I’d like to race with Randy Hawkins. He’s one of the coolest and nicest guys I’ve ever met.

Who would you like to thank for helping you chase your dream?
I’ll start off with my Mom and Dad, girlfriend, sister, all my friends and family. Dana with Mt. Baker Moto-sports back home, Brady with Durt Werx, Maxxis Tires, Moose Racing, Flexx Handlebars, TBT suspension, Fusion Graphix, Smith, Shoei, EVS, FMF, Maxima, Renthal, Jason Raines with Raines Racing and Randy for making this possible.

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