While watching my four year old son slowly navigate the kids track at Popkum Motorsports Park I was impressed with the overall riding ability and smoothness of one young rider. I found out from his mom Christine (a true motomom) that he was only 7 years old and that he and his 12 year old brother travel around Canada and the USA to pursue their riding dreams. I caught up with the two boys to ask them a few questions and loved their candid answers which you can read below.
Here is a short video from Popkum of young Travis:
Q: How old are you?
Travis: 7 Years Old.
Tyler: 12 Years Old
Q: When did you start riding dirtbikes?
Travis: When I was 3 Years Old.
Tyler: Same, at 3 years old.
Q: What do you like about riding?
Travis: It’s fun!
Tyler: Railing the corners!
Q: When did you start racing?
Travis: When I was 4.
Tyler: 4 years old.
Q: Why did you want to race?
Travis: My big brother did it.
Tyler: My dad did it and it looked like fun.
Q: What is the coolest thing about racing motocross?
Travis: Riding different tracks.
Tyler: Travelling all over and meeting cool people.
Q: What kind of bike(s) do you have?
Travis: A Cobra 50
Tyler: A KX 85 and KX 100
Q: Who are your racing idols? Who do you look up to or want to be like?
Travis: Ricky Carmichael!
Tyler: Ricky Carmichael!
Travis: No. No.
Tyler: Yes. No, They have no idea what mx is like. They think it’s easy.
Q: Do you ever get scared?
Q: What is your favourite part about racing? Starts, whoops, berms, jumping?
Tyler: Jumping and railing the berms.
Q: What is the hardest part about racing motocross?
Tyler: You always have to be on your A game.
Q: What else do you like to do?
Travis: Ride Scooters
Q: You guys travel a lot for your racing, do you enjoy the travel? What is your favourite track?
Travis: No. Milestones California.
Tyler: Yes. Milestones California.
Q: What has been your biggest racing accomplishment?
Travis: Qualifying for Lorretta Lynns at Washogal Washington. They only take the top 4 riders from the North West Region.
Tyler: Being accepted onto the FOX BRIGADE rider sponsorship program.
Q: What series do you race?
Q: What’s next for you and your racing?
Q: You have a brother that races as well. What is it like to ride together as a family? Do you teach each other things?
Travis: We have fun. I like watching my brother ride.
Tyler: It’s fun to ride together. We push each other.
Q: What are your racing goals?
Travis: Win, have fun, keep practicing!
Tyler: Win some Championships and have fun!
Good luck boys!!
Watch Tyler Gibbs GoPro at Mission Raceway here: