It’s every Moto kid’s dream to race Monster Energy Supercross, but for some that dream comes sooner than later. Grant Sweeney, 8 years old from Park Hills, MO will have that chance on January 10, 2015 during round two at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ. Grant is one of the lucky few of thousands of applicants picked to take part in the KTM Jr. Supecross Challenge (KJSC). The KJSC is an intermission program where 15 randomly selected qualified riders race aboard identically prepared KTM 50 SXS motorcycles. Throughout the day, riders get rock star treatment just like their Supercross idols. Grant will to go on a track walk, participate in two practice sessions, sign autographs for fans, be introduced during opening ceremonies and race a three-lap exhibition race during the Supercross night program. We caught up with Grant and here is what he had to say about being accepted.
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Glory Hog: So Grant, I know words can't describe how excited you are to be
participating in the KTM Jr. Supercross Challenge, but can you try?
Grant: I'm very excited I got picked to be able to race on a real supercross track.
Do you and your family have any goals or are you just working on having fun?
I want to have a lot of fun but would love to have a win or podium finish.
What are you looking forward to the most?
Being able to race on a supercross track like the pros in front of a lot of people.
What did some of your friends say when they found out you were picked for
My school friends don't really understand my sport like I do but we're excited for me and told me good luck. My motocross riding buddies were really excited for me.
What are you doing to prepare? What is your daily routine?
Trying to ride as much as I can on our supercross track. Watching past videos trying to learn new things.
I know your biggest racing memory hasn't happened yet, but what has been
your most memorable moment thus far?
All the time I spend with my moto friends at the track and every moto win are memorable moments.
Who is your favorite pro rider and/or hero?
Trey canard and my dad. I like to watch all the local pro riders that come to our track. They teach me a lot.
What is the best advice your dad or mom ever gave you?
My dad always gives me the best advice. He's taught me so much. Putting my leg up in the corners and in the ruts. And telling me to always ride my best.
What is the worst advice your dad or mom ever gave you?
My dad talked me into jumping a tabletop and I crashed the 3rd time I jumped it and broke my leg.
Early last spring you overcame a nasty injury. Can you talk about that a
It was really scary and it hurt. I crashed jumping a tabletop. The bike went sideways on the landing. Threw me off landed on my leg then bounced off my head. It broke my new 6d helmet.
What was most difficult going through the healing process?
Not being able to ride or race and watching all my friends get to. Learning to walk on my leg after being in a cast wasn't easy.
Who is in your corner and to whom do you want to give a shout-out?
Mom and daddy, Big. St. Charles, spy goggles, Top Secret Designs, Donelson Cycles, Sweeney Auto Salvage, JM Racing Suspension, BC Racing, Nana and Papa, Memaw and Pepaw.