Grant Sweeney has already had an exciting year of racing by competing in the KTM Jr. Supercross Challenge in Phoenix, Arizona, and now he will be heading to the Ranch for the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 34th Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships presented by AMSOIL at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. Sweeney took on over 22,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 1,482 qualifying positions. Here is a little bio on our local hopeful.
Name: Grant Sweeney
Hometown: Park Hills, Missouri
Bike: KTM 50SXS
LL Class: 51cc 7-8 Limited
Years Racing: 2 1/2
LL Number: 88
How many times raced LLs: This is my first time
Sponsors or who helps you out:
MOM AND DAD, BIG St. Charles Motorsports, Top Secret Designs, JM Suspension, FLY Racing, Novik,
Spy Goggles, Sweeney Auto, Dirt Addiction LLC, Uncle Tim, Nana Papa, Memaw Pepaw, Dunlop, Paul’s Paint & Body
Making it to Lorettas and getting a podium 2nd place finish at the KTM JR SX Challenge in Phoenix AZ.
What does it mean to you to be competing on the biggest stage of Amateur Motocross?
It’s a pretty awesome feeling to be considered one of 42 fastest kids in the world in my age division. It is the greatest feeling. Just to make it to Lorettas is a huge accomplishment I’ll never forget.
What are you looking forward to the most?
Meeting and racing against the top kids in this sport.
What are you doing to prepare? What is your daily routine?
Training with Wheels (aka Jason Todd) and lots of corner training with my mom. Then doing long motos in the heat.
Who is your favorite pro rider/or hero?
My hero is my Dad. My favorite Pro Rider is Dean Wilson.
Who is your favorite Non-MX athlete?
If you could meet anyone famous, who would it be?
What actor would play you in a movie?
Kevin James (guy from Mall Cop)
What is the most enjoyable part of racing motocross?
Winning my motos, getting faster each race and hanging out with all my buddies at the races.
What three character traits would your friends use to describe you or how would other motocross racer describe you?
Polite, cool, fast.
What song(s) pump you up before a moto?
Turn Down for What
Best way to spend the day off from riding?
Favorite pre-race meal?
Biscuits and gravy