When the starting gate slaps down into the mud at 1pm tomorrow afternoon at the Prairie City SVRA Park in Rancho Cordova, California, Ty Masterpool will make his professional debut on his 2019 Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha YZ250.
The 17-year-old, who hails from a racing family, has put everything he has into both this opportunity and this moment in time. A sensational amateur racer with four individual titles to his name from the Loretta Lynn’s AMA National Motocross Championship – the final two coming in the Supermini 1 and Supermini 2 classifications – many present at the opening round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will be keeping very close eyes on the Texas-born pilot, keen to see what Masterpool is all about.
On Friday afternoon, while packing up his gear bag and getting ready to head out to the race circuit, Masterpool spoke with us about his big date tomorrow and the 11 Nationals that will follow in the next four months to come.
Q: The weather around Sacramento looks pretty dicey for race day tomorrow…
TM: Yeah, press day was supposed to be yesterday but then it got cancelled from all the rain so they moved it to today. Today is pretty nice, but I think tomorrow it’s supposed to rain for sure.
Q: Can you deal with the rain and mud tomorrow if it all comes down to that?
TM: Yeah, anything is fine. I love it all.
Q: You make your professional debut with the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha tomorrow afternoon. You’ve worked most of your life to make this all happen, huh?
TM: Yeah, I’ve definitely been working towards this, and I’m excited and just happy to be here. And as far as my debut goes, there has been a lot of talk about it going back over a year and a half. I’ve been ready to go. I think the decision was made pretty firmly last November. So yeah, I’ve been working for this moment my whole career and my whole life. This year, though, we’ve had a few bumps with a couple of broken collarbones. I’m not exactly where I want to be right now, but I’m just going to go out there and try and do my best.
Q: How do you feel about your 2019 Yamaha YZ250F race bike?
TM: I haven’t had much time on the 250 at all. Maybe I’ve had a half of year with that, but I’ve been trying my hardest and doing my best and just mainly looking at the big picture.
Q: So what’s your frame of mind? Are you nervous? Excited?
TM: I’m not really afraid all that much, I’m just really looking forward to it. There are obviously a lot of competitive guys out there, I guess we’ll get there and see how it goes. I’ve never raced this track. I’ve been here quite a few times, but I’ve never raced it. But it does look really good. I’m very excited to ride it.
Q: Have you been working closely with the race team over the winter months to get ready for your debut tomorrow?
TM: Oh yeah. I’m very excited with the team. I’m loving the bike, too. The bike feels really quick. I’ve also been training quite a bit too. I’ve had some bumps with the collarbones and all that. It’s a very big group effort. I was just in Texas with my riding coach and doing my physical training. A few people have been helping me out a lot.
Q: What’s the game plan for tomorrow? Have you guys talked about the expectations and realities of what these first two 250MX motos will mean to both to you and the entire Star Racing team?
TM: I’m just going to go out there and try my best, and just ride my best against all the other guys out there. I just really want to just go out there and ride my best and really open some eyes. I want to do my best and just look at the big picture. That’s the plan.
Q: Do you have a goal in mind for tomorrow?
TM: Just to do my best and that’s just the plan. I just want to go out there and ride my best. I just want to do my best and look at the big picture. There’s going to be a lot of tough guys out there, and I have a lot of respect for all of them.
Q: And the 22 motos that will come up following Hangtown during the running of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship this summer?
TM: I don’t know. I’m looking towards the busy schedule and just the big picture. I’m excited for the big schedule and all the races that we’ll compete in week-in and week-out over the summer. I’m just happy for that. I definitely love what I do, and I can’t wait to go to the starting gate tomorrow.