This month Racer 450 begins the first of a series in amateur interviews with up and coming motocross racer Cale Downen of Junction, Illinois. Cale is quickly moving up through the ranks and currently sets in eighth place in Pro Am Production and second place in the Four Stroke A class. Cale is fast on his way to turning pro and we can’t wait to see how he finishes off this season. Racer 450 met up with Cale and his family (Mom: Lorri, Dad: John and Sister: Hayley) at round three in Macon, Georgia and spent an hour or so visiting and checking out his new YFZ. Let’s get started…
R450 - How many years have you been racing Cale?
R450 – Did you run all the nationals last year?
All but Maryland and Massachusetts.
R450 – What have you thought about this season so far?
The ATVA has done an excellent job with the new changes.
R450 – So you agree with the Production Rules.
R450 – How has the traveling been so far?
It can get rough.
R450 – What’s your favorite track?
R450 – What do you think about the sand here today?
It’s starting to get old; the 1st three nationals have all been sand. It’s alright other than that, it doesn’t bother me.
R450 - What did you think of Glen Helen?
Long drive. They did a good job and had a great facility. (Cale’s Dad – John) “Good timing, right time of year”.
R450 - So what are you riding this season?
I’m on a Yamaha YFZ450 setup with JB Racing Components, a TC Engine and PEP shocks.
R450 – What classes are you running?
I’m in Pro Am Production and Four Stroke A.
R450 – Tough classes, how do you feel?
I think I have a good shot at both if I have good luck. I’ve had good luck so far this year.
R450 – What are your predictions for the rest of the season?
Don’t know. (laughs)