It’s every Moto kid’s dream to race Monster Energy Supercross, but for some that dream comes sooner than later. Nate Keith from Union, MO will have that chance on January 17, 2015 during Anaheim 2. Nate 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. Nate 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 Nate and here is what he had to say about being accepted.
By Debbie Pingel
Debbie Pingel: Nate, I know words can’t describe how excited you are to be participating in the KTM Jr. Supercross Challenge, but can you try?
Nate Keith: I am very excited to get to go race on a real Supercross track.
Do you and your family have any goals or are you just working on having fun?
My goal is to get 1st and to have fun doing it!
What are you looking forward to the most?
Riding on a Supercross track and meeting the pro riders.
What did some of your friends say when they found out you were picked for the KJSC?
Some of them didn't know what it was but were proud of me.
What are you doing to prepare? What is your daily routine?
I have been practicing on my friend Matt's supercross track and corner track. I have been doing a lot of thinking about how to get a good start and how to go fast in the corners.
I know your biggest racing memory hasn’t happened yet, but what has been your most memorable moment thus far?
When I got first place at Crossroads
Who is your favorite pro rider and/or hero?
My favorites are Bubba Pauli and Matt Sweeney
What is the best advice your dad or mom ever gave you?
Stay on the throttle!
What is the worst advice your dad or mom ever gave you?
My mom and dad don't give me bad advice.
Have you ever been to California?
No this is the first time.
If you could meet anyone famous, who would it be?
Ryan Dungey or Ken Roczen
What do you believe are your key strengths?
I want to win, I don't crash a lot, and I'm good at starts.
What three character traits would your friends use to describe you or how would your teacher or other Motocross Racer describe you?
I'm a good friend, a tough racer and I'm strong. My 1st grade teacher called me "The Dirtbike Kid."
What motivates you to become a better motocross racer or what motivates you to do your best each time you are on the track?
People watching me makes me nervous so I want to do good.
What have you learned from your mistakes out on the track?
Crashing hurts and breaks visors.
Tell me about your proudest achievement.
Not being scared to hit the big jumps and getting good at corners.
What is the most enjoyable part of racing motocross?
Spending time with my family, friends, and my dog and I like to finish good in my motos.
What is your greatest achievement outside of motocross?
Doing good in school and being good at baseball.
What are you looking for in terms of motocross racing?
To someday race Supercross and to be a good role model.
What's the best movie you've seen in the last year?
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
What actor would play you in a movie?
Gale from Hunger Games
Who is in your corner and to whom do you want to give a shoot-out to?
My Mom and Dad, my grandmas and grandpas, Big St Charles, Top Secret Designs, BC Racing, JM Racing, Sweeney MX, Dirt Addiction, Shades of Gray, Paul's Paint and Body