photo: Todd Gutierrez
This year at the Nationals, how did you get to the races?
I just raced a lot of little fair races after supercross and I made enough money to get me to the nationals. I only did the three closest ones so it didn’t cost me too much. My brother helps me out with pretty much all my racing stuff, so he came to all of them and pretty much did everything. He’s a huge help and keeps my bikes clean!
What did you travel in?
We have an 2005 350 van, I think! [Laughs] So we take that and pull this box trailer I’ve had since my 85cc days. It’s not exactly a big rig! [Laughs] But we make it work the best we can.
At the Nationals this year, how did you afford to race them? Did you have sponsors helping you out?
I had a bunch of help for supercross. Experts Exchange got me to all of them and helped with bikes. The Pernstiener family helped a lot, too, but by the time outdoors came around, I'd pretty much spent everything. So, I just spend my race earnings and the money I'd make at the Nationals to make it to the next race.
What is your plan for 2011?
Kill it! [Laughs] No, I’m definitely doing all the West Coast Lites races and as many outdoors as possible. This year, I’m 100 percent focused and hungry to get solid results. I’m very serious about racing now and think I will hopefully make all the main events in supercross.
Have you started training for the supercross series yet?
Yeah, I got Hondas three weeks ago after like six years on Yamahas and got right on the supercross track. I did a bunch of suspension testing with KPS suspension and have been putting in a lot of motos out at Castillo Ranch. I feel really good and comfortable already.
How do you feel so far riding supercross on the new bikes?
I really like the bike, it’s just a whole lot different, so I’m just starting to feel really comfortable. I’m really stoked on the changes and for the whole year.
Well, good luck, and hope to see your name in the main events! Anyone you would like to thank?
Thanks man! Yes, I really want to thank Randy Redburg and everyone at Experts-Exchange.com, Fly Racing, Bryar at 180Decals, TCR Hubs, Applied Clamps, KPS Suspension, C4MX, Sunstar, SDG Seats, the Pernsteiner family, Hinson, Works Connection, Deep Blue Tattoo, Cortese Performance, No-Toil and San Luis Motorsports! I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without everyone’s support.
Keep up-to-date with Topher by reading his blog entries and watching his practice videos at www.topheringalls.com.
photo: Todd Gutierrez