GNCC Racing

Tuesday Toolbox: Marty Christofferson

Tuesday Toolbox: Marty Christofferson

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 | 1:55 PM
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 | 1:55 PM

Marty Christofferson has been having an excellent 2014 season and currently sits 3rd place in the XC2 Pro-Am points. With numerous 2nd and 3rd place finishes this season, Marty is hungry for a win in the final two rounds. We caught up with Marty to talk about his 2014 season and more. How's it going today?

Marty Christofferson: Busy, like usual. It seems like there's never enough time in a day to get everything done. 

So are you ready to go racing again this weekend?

Not yet, but I will be! Still have some last minute wrenching to do before we load up and head to Ohio for the penultimate round of the GNCCs. 

Marty has become a podium regular by running in the top three consistently since the Big Buck GNCC.
Marty has become a podium regular by running in the top three consistently since the Big Buck GNCC. Photo: OhioOffroad

You've had a pretty great season so far. Tell us how that's been going.

Thanks, it's been good! I started off the year alright but it seems like ever since Big Buck I've ran up front and become a regular in the top 3.

When the season started, did you expect to be doing this well?

I expected to have some success but my goal going into the season was to be a regular in the top 5 and to finish in the top 20 overall. So far I have surpassed my goal and have become a regular in the top 3. So to answer your question, no, I didn't expect to do quite this well! 

What are your goals for the final two rounds?

Of course I want to finish on the podium, but I would really love to be up in the mix with Marshall and Cole the entire race. I'd also love to finish in the top 10 overall, I've come close with a couple 12th's but haven't quite made it there yet.

You've been on the podium quite a few times but what would it take to get a win?

Yeah, it’s been a string of 3rd's with one 2nd thrown in there, which is great, but I really want to win. Anyone that knows me knows how competitive I am and I'm doing everything I can to get up there. Cole and Marshall are both fast dudes and obliviously put the work in so it will be no easy task.  Last year they were in college A battling while I was in Junior A and they had a little on me then too. I think I've made some progress through summer break and have had some flashes of speed, so hopefully I can keep working hard and grab that elusive win.

Marty Christofferson started racing GNCCs full-time last year, and won the Junior A Championship.
Marty Christofferson started racing GNCCs full-time last year, and won the Junior A Championship. Photo: Ken Hill

So going back, how did you get started racing?

Well, no one in my family really ever raced but dad has always been a motorhead, so when I was around 6 years old he got my siblings and I a Suzuki LT50 to bomb around the yard on. After that I just rode for fun for years and really loved watching and reading about motocross and hare scrambles. When I finally turned 16 I was old enough to race my 400EX, I had to beg my parents to let me race. Eventually they gave in and we gave the local WNYOA series a shot.  I didn't have much success but a friend convinced me to try motocross at Broome-Tioga where I did well. After that I raced ATV motocross locally for about 3 years with some success. Eventually I switched back to WNYOA and have been racing woods ever since. Last season was my first full year racing the GNCCs where I won the Junior A Championship. 

And what brought you into the world of GNCC Racing?

I was lucky enough to have some great guidance and support from my parents growing up. I took a somewhat unorthodox approach to racing. Basically, if I did not pursue a bachelor’s degree then I wouldn't get any assistance with racing from mom and dad. I lived at home through college, which allowed me to continue to race locally and keep the costs down. Since I graduated college I have pretty much been able to support myself financially, which has allowed me to spend the money it takes to travel to the GNCCs. In a nutshell since I graduated college and got a job I now have the funds to get to the nationals! 

What has been the biggest highlight of your career so far?

I have been fortunate enough to have a few different highlights, but I would have to say it was either winning the Junior A National Championship last year or getting on the podium this year. Once you get up there you don't want to get off.

What do you hope to accomplish in the future?

I would like to earn the XC2 championship and move on to XC1.  Its tough going racing each year because it is such a big financial commitment but it's what I love and I want to chase this crazy dream as far as I can so I'll keep at it for a while! 

Marty hopes to be a top contender for the 2015 XC2 Championship!
Marty hopes to be a top contender for the 2015 XC2 Championship! Photo: Ken Hill

What will it take to make the happen?

Obliviously hard work, being prepared and just having good reliable equipment. Always keeping a positive outlook even when things get rough. Lastly, just surrounding myself with good people and being ready to go in March even if there is still snow on the ground up here in NY! 

Do you have any plans for 2015 yet?

At this point it looks like I will have a similar program to this year. We are now into sponsorship season so I'm hoping I can keep a lot of the same sponsors I have built a relationship with over the years and maybe gain a few more. I plan on contending the XC2 class next year to see if I can get the championship! 

Alright, before we wrap this up, who would you like to thank?

Thank you Jared, for having me on the Tuesday Toolbox. I have to thank my brother, my sister, my girlfriend, and most of all my parents for all their help and support over the years. I also need to give a huge shout out to Ross and Hygear Suspension for all their help over the years. Ross raced the GNCCs years ago on bikes and his guidance has been invaluable, not to mention the outstanding suspension setups we have come up with! Drew at Dillinger's Celtic Pub and Eatery has been in my corner the last 2 seasons which has been awesome also. Tom Carlson at TC Racing Engines always has me pulling good starts and reliability has never been an issue. Everyone else that helps out including: GBC Motorsports, Moose Racing, Holbrooks Precast, Houser Racing, CNY Powersports, Dirtworks, Custom Axis, Rath Racing, Powermadd, Quadtech-ATV, Uni Filters, Teixeira Tech, Action Sports in Cortland, and of course Tire Balls. Lastly, I got to give a shout out to all my friends that have helped me in one way or another with wrenching, riding, pitting, or traveling: Spencer, John, Styles, the Kevins, Brandon and anyone else I maybe forgetting, thank you!