Matt Heidel #35

Matt Heidel #35

How much experience do you have riding an XR1200?
3 races + Daytona test

What do you think of spec racing?
I enjoy it. I think its good for anyone that wants to get into road racing. It seems very fair.

What made you decide to race the Vance & Hines XR1200 Series?
Honestly I thought it was really cool. I was big fan of the 883 class. I really like spec racing.

What do you think of the Vance & Hines XR1200 Series?
I think it’s fun. I am hoping Vance & Hines will continue with the series. I don’t claim to be the fastest person, but I am having a lot of fun with it.

Interview

Career Highlights:
Racing with friends and family

What’s your typical pre-race meal?
The night before I like to have some form of pasta and maybe a pint. The day off I eat very light due to nerves (still get butterflies before a race).

What is your pre-race OCD behavior?
I crouch down by the peg and tell my girl(bike) I love her

What is one of your best racing memories?
Racing Mr.Eslick for the first time @ VIR following him into t7. Racing BMP in the rain & most importantly racing Daytona ( I’ve been in those stands as a spectator for years watching the Daytona races).

What motivated you to get started racing?
My older brother(Ned Heidel),Jeremy Nash, Brett Brooks, John Vance, Johnnie Haynes, Steve McQueen,Burt Munro, Erik Buell, Bob Hannah, Jeremy McGrath, Jeff Emig, Ezra Lusk, E.Hemingway,Lao Tzu..gosh this list could on for a while.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional motorcycle racer?
go-go dancer (actually I’m terrible at dancing but that could be a fun gig

What’s the best thing about being a professional athlete?
I really like meeting the young kids at the races and wherever as I have 3 kids of my own and I truly know what a hand shake or signed picture means to a little kid. I like presenting an image they can look up to.

What else is in your garage?
Bicycles (MTB and Road)

Any advice to the readers dreaming to turn pro?
I think the main advice really is to stay positive. As HR said in “Attitude” – “We got our PMA” (PMA-Positive Mental Attitude)

How many hours a week are you on Facebook?
a couple

Do you Twitter?
twit what.. haha no

What are your favorite magazines and websites?
Juxtapoz, Road Racer X, Cycle News, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Transworld MX

Who are your heros?
See: What Motivated you to get started racing

Beach or mountains?
Mountains

High Fives or FIst Bump?
High Fives

iPhone , Blackberry or Android?
Android

Mac or PC?
PC

Top 3 bands?
PJ Harvey The Pogues Devo

Greatest strength?
The need to push through and finish

Most frustrating challenge?
The need to push even harder

Do you have a website and or Blog?
nah just the fb page