Burning Questions with Jorie Williams

Posted by Q75 admin on Saturday Jul 9, 2011 Under 2011, Baja, Interview

It’s all fun and games, until it comes to racing. That’s Jorie’s business, and he very serious when it comes to his racing. Brandon describes him as “arguably one of the fastest kids in Mexico,” but the speed isn’t the only thing Jorie has. He’s got a lot of heart and passion for his sport of choice and we can expect him to be around for a long time in the ATV racing scene.  Quad75Dezert is certainly proud of him and we’re all excited to see where racing takes him, besides to the podium again and again. Check out Jorie’s answers below:

Q: When and how did you get started racing?

A: I started riding when I was 3 on a JR50 dirtbike in the alley behind our house. I rode 2 wheels until I was about 6 when my dad brought home a TRX 90. After that I just stuck with quads, I got bigger and better and made my way through all the mini quads and onto a full size sport atv. I never was big into team sports or anything and I was always big into any extreme sport. So when I was 12 I decided that I wanted to start racing, I talked my dad into going and in November of 2002 I raced my first race at Woodland motocross track on a 2000 400ex.

Q: How did you get started racing in Mexico?

A: The 2008 Baja 1000 was my first race down in Mexico. I had just finished my first season as a pro in the WORCS series, I had some good finishes and had a pretty good season. Brandon Brown was putting together a team to race the 1000 and he was looking for another rider, Christian Chambers the owner of MotoX Nutrition was a mutual sponsor of ours and he told Brandon he should put me on the team. I got woken up by a phone call one morning from Brandon and he asked me to be on the team, it was always a race that I wanted to do so I took the chance.

Q: Why do you keep coming back to Mexico to race?

A: I think my biggest reason is the atmosphere down there. Its so unlike any other race that you go to in so many ways. One way is how much camaraderie there is between all the racers and if anybody down there can help you in any way 9 times of out 10 they will. Another way is how all the locals go crazy over the race and make you feel like a rockstar! Whether you’re Robbie Gordon ripping through in a trophy truck, or you the last place guy in class 11 in a stock bug they are going to cheer you on as you go by. Also just getting to go race down to Mexico to ride. There really aren’t too many things I can think of that are cooler than that.

Q: What does your family and friends think of you racing in Mexico?

A: There is some mixed emotions about it but most of them think its pretty cool. But no matter how hard you try you just can’t explain the full experience to someone unless they see it firsthand.

Q: What was it like to win the 1000 last year?

A: It was definitely one of the best moments in my racing career and it was also a huge reward just because of all the hard work we put into these races and all the races we did before we finally got a win. The best part about the win was how we actually didn’t know that we won it until we were at the awards ceremony the next day and they called us up for the Overall ATV winner.

Q: At this year’s 500, you had to race a section you didn’t pre-run after another rider got hurt. Can you explain what happened and what it was like to ride a section sight unseen?

 It wasn’t a big deal for me to ride a section I hadn’t seen because there was no way I was going to let anyone catch me and I just hung it out.

A: Well I had just gotten off the bike in Borego and handed it over to Chris. We were about 6 minutes ahead of the next quad. Chris was putting down a pretty good pace when he came around a corner and hit a big rock with the right front tire and it threw him over the bars. I think he hit his head pretty good and hurt his wrist. Luckily Kenny, Mike [Kelley] and myself were in a truck racing to the next pit and we caught him on the radio saying that he wrecked. So Chris limped the bike into the next pit about 10 more miles down the course from where he wrecked. I pulled Chris off the quad because he didn’t look like he was in any shape to finish his section and I rode the next 60 miles. It was just one of those things that can happen to any of us down there at any time, I’m just really happy that we were able to handle the situation so quickly and get the quad moving again. It wasn’t a big deal for me to ride a section I hadn’t seen because there was no way I was going to let anyone catch me and I just hung it out.

Q: Which desert race is your favorite? Which non-desert race is your favorite?

A: My favorite desert race is definitely the San Felipe 250. I really like the town of San Felipe for one, they have great food down there and its just a cool little town. Also it is a much more relaxing race than the 500 and 1000. The course is shorter so everyone has shorter legs. You don’t have to drive to go pre-running you can just ride from the house for the most part. When the race is over,  everyone is in San Felipe rather than being spread out through the peninsula. The only thing not relaxing about the race is how brutal the course is.

Q: Brandon has said you are probably the fastest kid racing in Mexico. How did you get to be so fast? What do you do now to maintain your speed?

A: I think I got to be fast by just riding a lot and focusing on technique. You have to be comfortable on a quad and know what your doing to be good at it and go fast. The only way to do that is with plenty of experience and seat time. Then to maintain your speed you need to stay in good shape and just keep riding and working on your weaknesses because you can always improve.

Q: What are your goals for next year?

A: My goals for next year are to keep doing well and winning races down in Mexico. I also want to try and make it out to some WORCS races and mix it up with those guys. Other than that just do some local stuff and whatever races pop up.

Q: What do you do in your free time when you aren’t training?

A: I just bought a dirt bike a little bit ago and I’ve been riding that a lot. In the winter time when the weather sucks I snowboard quite a bit. Other than that just hang out with friends and try to stay out of trouble.

Q: Where do you hope to be as far as your racing career goes, in 5 years?

A: Hopefully I’m still going at it as hard as I am now, if not harder. I definitely don’t ever see myself quitting racing until I just can’t physically do it anymore. Once you start and you race for so many years it just becomes a part of you and it’s who you are. Racing and riding are what keep me sane so its not an option to quit.


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