Interview by Annie Connolly, photos courtesy of Rockstar Energy Suzuki 7/6/2010
Each and everyÂ August the Amateur Motocross scene must wave goodbye to severalÂ talented riders as theyÂ make the move intoÂ the pro ranks of the sport.Â With the AMA Amateur National Championship at the legendary Loretta Lynn Ranch quickly approaching in just one month, we caught up with a few of these “graduating” riders to get some of their thoughts on their Amateur careers and see what their plans are for the rest of the summer.Â Â Ian Trettel was one of them.
When did you start riding and who got you involved with it?
I started riding when I was about 3 years old. My dad used to race, so I was just always interested in 2 wheels and going fast.
First bike? Current bike?
Suzuki 250 and 450.
What do you see as your biggest accomplishment from your Amateur career?
Winning every moto at Loretta Lynnâ€™s in 2004
Riding at my old track in NC. I miss it a lot.
Who is/has been your biggest influence?
Usually the pro riders, thatâ€™s always motivation when you trying to get through a hard day of training.
What classes will you be racing at Lorettaâ€™s and what are your goals for that race?
250 A and 250 A /pro sport
What are your plans following Lorettaâ€™s – Will you be racing any of the remaining Nationals?
Its still all up in the air. Depends how Lorettaâ€™s goes.
Itâ€™s a bigger jump for some more than others, how do you feel heading into the pro ranks? Nervous, excited, just ready to go?
Well I’ve been working towards it almost my whole life, I’m very excited to get into the pro circuit. I cant wait.
Howâ€™s your fitness? How will you handle the longer races (30 min. +2)?
I think fitness is an advantage for me, I’ve been working towards the 35 min motos since before September with my trainer Robb Beams. I should be fine.
Plans for next year? Anything lined up?
Im not sure what I’m doing next year as far as teams go, it’s kind of a waiting game. Everything will work out though.
Lastly, anyone youâ€™d like to thank?
My parents, Team Rockstar Candidae Suzuki, Thor, Smith, DC shoes, MOTO E, RTMX