While some his age are still finishing out their careers in the Youth ranks, Triston Landrum has been putting together an impressive 2013 season and is currently tied for the points lead in the 200-A class. The Ohio native has now logged back to back wins and is looking for more. We caught up with Triston to talk about his 2013 season, and more.
GNCCRacing.com: How's it going today?
It’s going pretty good today, just still a little sore from Sunday.
I bet! So tell everyone a little about yourself.
Well, I’m from Nelsonville, Ohio. I'm 14 years old just finishing up 8th grade. Nothing out of the ordinary (laughs)
How did you get started in the off-road world?
I started off riding motocross and just tried a hare scramble for fun. After that, it just kind of went from there to where I am now.
What has been the biggest highlight of your career so far?
My first championship in 2010 in the 85 (7-11) class was really good, but I’d say that the 85 (12-13) championship I won in 2011 was even better because I had to come back from an injury before I could lock that one up.
How has your 2013 season been going?
It’s been really good so far. It was big jump going from minis straight to 200-A but so far I’ve been having good success with it. I’ve been consistent so far this season and have even grabbed a couple of class wins. All in all, I’d say the 2013 season has been pretty great so far.
How does it feel to be tied for the points lead right now?
It feels awesome to get a couple wins and work my way up to tie for the points lead. I worked really hard in the off season on my fitness and it seems like it’s starting to pay off.
What will it take to take over the lead?
Just staying with my program I have now will be huge because it’s really working well for me. I also just have to keep working hard and give 100 percent when I'm on the track.
You've got back to back wins now, how does that feel?
It feels great for sure! It's good for my confidence to know that I can do it and I hope that I can use that confidence and momentum to keep it going through the rest of the season.
What do you need to do to keep that streak going?
Stay focused, keep training and working hard. It's going to be tough keeping these guys in my class behind me because they’re all very fast and talented riders. We’ve had 5 different riders to take class wins so far this season, so the field is definitely pretty stacked.
What do you hope to accomplish through the rest of 2013?
To stay injury free and to be in the hunt for a podium finish every weekend. Obviously, in the end I really want the class championship too. That’s what everyone strives for and with enough hard work, you can make it happen. I hope that’s what I’m able to do.
What do you hope to accomplish in the future?
Stay healthy, and hopefully some more titles in whatever class I may be in.
Alright, before we wrap this up, who would you like to thank?
I would like to thank Jay Downhour, my suspension guy, he has my bike working awesome. Athens Sport Cycles, Fly Racing, John Coler, Cycra, The Hardcore Racing Team, grandpa, grandma, dad, mom, and Amanda.