19 year old Fort St. John motocross rider Matthew Davenport will be beginning another season on the Rockstar Energy Motocross National Series this weekend in Kamloops. Davenport finished 15th overall last year after competing in half of the races and is hoping for a top 10 overall finish for the upcoming season in the 450 class.
To get to that point he said he knows he has to be in prime physical condition, something that often isn’t considered by those who aren’t familiar with what it takes to compete at a high level in the sport.
“A lot of people don’t really realize that there is a huge physical aspect to riding a bike,” Davenport said. “A lot of people think it’s sitting on a dirk bike, twisting the throttle, the bike does all the work. Really the human body is pretty much the engine for racing. You have to be in really good physical shape in order to be competitive at a professional level.”
In particular Davenport spends hours training at the gym, on road bikes, rowing, mountain biking, and doing yoga.
Davenport cut his teeth competing in the Peace Motocross association before advancing to provincial races and western Canadian nationals.
The season runs through mid August and will be making other stops in Nanaimo, and Calgary, before various events in eastern Canada.