What's your racing background?
I started riding when I was 3 years old, just doing local races. I made it to Loretta Lynn's in 2005 in the 85 7-11 class but just was never really into it until about two or three years ago, when I got on big bikes. Then I really started training and going to all the amateur nationals and getting top ten at most of them. Then last year at Ponca and Loretta’s I really had a breakout year, winning the 450 B Stock at Ponca and getting third in the 450 B Modified and winning the Four-Stroke class at Loretta’s.
Heath Harrison at Freestone.
photo: Steve Cox
What have you been doing to get ready for the nationals?
After Loretta's, my confidence was through the roof and I just started training and riding harder than ever. Two months prior to Hangtown, I went to Texas and lived with my riding coach, Zak Mashburn. We started doing motos and running every day. How did Hangtown go for you? Hangtown did not go as planned from all the nerves I had from racing against the best in the world, but it was a good learning experience.
Going into Freestone, what was your plan? What did you do the with the week off to prepare?
I went back to Texas with Zak and just trained every day to get used to the heat. My goal going into Freestone was to get points in both motos, so to get top fifteen both motos was really great. Looking at the lap charts, you didn't have the best of starts coming from outside the top twenty. Yeah, my starts were not all there this weekend. First moto, I think I came around about twenty-eighth, and I just put my head down and charged the whole race. The second moto, I got tangled up in the first turn and just repeated the first moto, basically. Thanks to Zak, because all of our hard training is starting to pay off.