Parker Smith has qualified for the third time 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. Smith 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: Parker Smith
Hometown: Rochester, IL
Bikes: Kawasaki 250 and 450.
LL Classes: 450B limited 450B
Race Experience: 7 years.
LL Number: 28
How many times raced LL's: This will be my 3rd year at Loretta Lynn's.
Sponsors or who helps you out:
Kawasaki Team Green, Pro Circuit, JM Racing, Renthal, Fox Racing, Razor Image, World of Powersports, my mom and dad, my Grandpa Smith, my brother/mechanic Tristan and my trainer Oz.
Qualifying for Loretta's 3 years in a row.
What does it mean to you to be competing on the biggest stage of Amateur Motocross?
It means a lot to me. Last year I wasn't able to train because of a collar bone injury and this year I'm happy to be healthy and able to train for this race.
What are you doing to prepare? What is your daily routine?
I'm working with my personal trainer 3 days a week and I ride almost every day at my practice track.
What is the most enjoyable part of racing motocross?
I think the most enjoyable part of racing is the feeling of winning.
What is something people do not know about you but should know about you?
I like to do yoga. It really helps your muscles for motocross.
What has been your most memorable moment racing thus far?
The most memorable moment was when I was at my regional and I had a couple bad motos, but my mom came back with the overall results and I still qualified.
What is the best advice you have ever been given and by whom?
Stay focused on your training and practicing because when you're not your competition is and when you meet they will beat you - my dad Jason Smith.
What is the worst advice that someone has given you and by whom?
Drink an energy drink before each Moto, you don't even have to train - Nick Neys.
What do you believe are your key strengths?
Cornering and endurance is gonna be my key strengths.
What motivates you to do your best each time you are on the track?
The feeling of winning there's nothing more better than that feeling.
What have you learned from your mistakes out on the track?
I’ve learned a lot from mistakes I’ve had done but the biggest one is foot dabbing. You lose so much time if you foot dab, so I pay a lot of attention to that.
What are you looking for in terms of motocross racing?
I'm looking to have fun every time I go out on the track and to someday become a top professional.
Favorite pre-race meal?
Linguini and clams is the best thing I love to eat the night before race day.
Best bike you ever raced?
My Kawasaki KX250f