Photos by Jason Kruse
Colton Moranz has qualified for the 34th Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships presented by AMSOIL at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. Moranz took on over 22,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 1,482 qualifying.
Name: Colton Moranz
Hometown: Topeka, KS
Bike: 2015 KTM 250
2015 LL Class: 450 C
Years racing: 11
LL Number: 64
How many times raced LL's: This will be my first time racing
Sponsors or who helps you out:
Letko Cycles KTM, Plumbingpluskc.com, JT Racing USA, Boliya USA, Scott Goggles, KC Moto, MX 343 Dirt Works and Track Building, Critterprokc.com, Midwest Extreme Park , Harolds Tire, Tamer Holeshot, PR2 Suspension, Flatland Racing, Cascade Dental, Buller
2014 LL Regional: 250 C- 11th, 450 C- 13th, 250 C Limited- 15th
2015 LL Regional: 450 C- 10th, 250 C- 11th
What does it mean to you to be competing on the biggest stage of Amateur Motocross?
It means a lot to me because I have always gone just to watch my brother and now I finally get to ride on the track and race.
What are you doing to prepare? What is your daily routine?
I wake up at 6:30 every morning for weight training then I work at a fencing company till 5. After that, I go on a run or do some core workouts and then eat dinner, watch some TV then hit the hay.
What is the most enjoyable part of racing motocross?
The most enjoyable part of racing is hanging out with friends and family and getting away from the house to go have some fun.
What is something people do not know about you but should know about you?
I am the starting running back at my 5A high school and attend football combines. Also, I am getting looked at by multiple colleges in Kansas as I go into my senior year.
What has been your most memorable moment racing thus far?
My most memorable moment was this year at the regional in Millville. It was my last moto and I was sitting with an 8-22 in the first two motos, so I was just going to go out to have fun. It was Father's Day so my dad asked me on the line if I could get him a holeshot for father's day. So, the gate dropped and I got the holeshot and lead the race for three laps and ended up third in the moto and eleventh overall. My dad was so happy.
What is the best advice you have ever been given and by whom?
Broken bones heal, regrets last forever. -Neil Tajchman
What is the worst advice that someone has given you and by whom?
Rip it then grip it. -My brother Kevin Moranz
What do you believe are your key strengths?
My key strengths are my starts and I make little mistakes during the race.
What motivates you to do your best each time you are on the track?
What motivates me is wanting to do good for my mom and dad because I know how much they have sacrificed to do what I love to do.
What have you learned from your mistakes out on the track?
I have learned to grip more with my legs and to stay calm if something bad happens. You don't want to ride over your head.
What is your greatest achievement outside of motocross?
Having 667 total yards last year in football and making it to state last year in pole vault.
What are you looking for in terms of motocross racing?
I am looking to have a great time and support my little brother as he continues to have lots of success and maybe become his mechanic someday.
Favorite pre-race meal:
A chicken sandwich wrap
Best bike you ever raced:
My 2015 Letko KTM 250