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Rapid Fire with Shane Hufford

There’s a new face in the GNCC XC2 Pro Lites Class, former National Enduro contender, Pennsylvania native, and soon-to-be High School graduate, Shane Hufford has scored two top-5 finishes so far this year and sits 4th in points. If you don’t follow the NEPG Series you may have never heard of Shane so get to know him a bit better in this interview!

1. Last playlist played on iPod: Anything but Taylor Swift.
2. Last person to text you: Eric Waltz
3. Favorite restaurant: Olive Garden
4. Are you a coffee drinker? Nope
5. Favorite place to ride: My home track at my house.
6. Hobby other than racing: Mounting Biking
7. Chocolate or vanilla: Vanilla
8. Idol? Scott Summers
9. First thing you do in the morning? Shower
10. What type of conditions do you race best in? Dry & fast
11. Last movie you watched? Social Network
12. Boxers or briefs? Boxers
13. What bend of handle bars do you run? Renthal 999
14. In your opinion, who is the greatest rider of all time? Malcolm Smith
15. How old are you? 18
16. iPhone or android? Android
17. Any pre-race superstitions? Checking my petcock and choke over a few dozen times
18. Favorite dessert? Strawberry Shortcake
19. Ford or Chevy? Chevy
20. Blondes or brunets? Gingers only.
21. Favorite breakfast food? Bakes blueberry oatmeal
22. Guilty pleasure? A nice cold Coke after a race
23. Interstate or backroads? Interstate
24. Number one thing on bucket list? Ride Erzberg someday

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You have put in some solids rides to start the year off! The XC2 class is overflowing with talent. Are you planning on racing every GNCC this year?
Yes, my plans are to attend every GNCC this year. After three full seasons of National Enduros, the GNCCs are a new challenge and a nice change. I really want to show I am a versatile rider, tight or fast and put it on the podium a few times before the season is out.

I see that you only did two of the GNCCs last year. Was there a reason for that?
No other reason than it wasn’t in the overall budget, and my previous sponsor wanted to focus on the NEPG series. I did break my wrist prior to the PA NEPG round, but I was able to heal up from that by the end of the season. Any privateer off-road racer will tell you, the travel expenses alone can add up pretty fast.

Name one thing you would change about the industry.
Well I haven’t been in the industry long enough to be jaded yet. Overall I’m pretty pleased so far, but if I had to point out one thing I would change it would be the purse money and contingency. It can get there though, the off-road TV and media coverage can only lead to better things. Also, bring back a weekly motorcycle magazine, I like my Racer X and Trials & Enduro News, but I miss my hardcopy Cycle News!

Traveling is a huge part of racing. Some racers travel over ten hours to race. What would you say your average drive time is?
Our average drive time is around 9 hours. Not too bad really compared to some other racers I know.

What is your first childhood memory that involves racing?
Racing a clapped out JR50 when I was 5! [Laughs]

What do you do to help stay in shape for the brutal 3 hours?
Mountain biking and gym training throughout the week. Other than that, I ride when I can.

Who has been your biggest motivator so far in life?
My current mechanic, Evan Yarnall, has been a great recent motivator at this level. He’s showed me that there is a lot to bike setup and mental toughness to run up front. Growing up my parents helped me a lot as well.

How many years have you been racing the XC2 class?
If you count last year, this is my second year in the XC2 class.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What is your plan to get there?
I would love to be a podium contender in the XC1 class. I know every racer says that, but if I can show I have the speed and consistency in the XC2 class, I hope I can continue to keep and find good sponsors that are willing to help me along the way. I graduate High school in a few weeks, and I’ll be able to really train and ride a lot more than I am now. If I can stay healthy and progress my riding, anything is possible.

Which rider would you like to have the style of, the heart of, and the fitness of?
Russell Bobbitt

If you could have any outside sponsor you wanted, who would it be?
Walmart.

If you could race against any past champion who would it be?
Randy Hawkins

Who would you like to thank for helping you chase your dream?
I would like to thank my parents, friends and for helping me at the races, plus my mechanic Evan Yarnall for building me an unbelievable bike. It’s a big time commitment on everyone’s part and it really means a lot to me. Also, I couldn’t race at this level without the great bike and parts support from Bromley’s KTM, KTM USA and our local KTM rep Brooks Hamilton. The KTM’s are so good I’m blown away each year I ride a new model. All of my great sponsors as well: Moose Racing, Enduro Engineering, Silkolene, Arai, Powersport Grafx, SIDI, Dunlop, Dirt Tricks, Galfer USA, Bicycle Therapy, Bullet Proof Designs, Pirie Performance Products, Clockwork KTM, Scott Goggles, and USWE. I’m working hard to get these guys on the podium here shortly, thanks a lot to everyone, I couldn’t do it

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