10 Questions for Canadian Mini O’s Racers | #494 Thomas Rendall

By Billy Rainford

Once again, we had a strong contingent of Canadian amateur racers head south to the Mini O’s to race both Supercross and Motocross. Since it would have been impossible to snag them all for interviews when the racing ended on Saturday before they left for home, we’ve decided to ask them all the same 10 questions.

#494 Thomas Rendall

Thomas Rendall raced 125 (12-17) B/C, Schoolboy 1 (12-17). and 250C.

Direct Motocross: How old are you and where are you from?

Thomas Rendall: I am 15 years old born in Ottawa.

How did you get into Motocross?

It all started on the BMX track, actually, at the age of 3. I also watched lots of Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart and Chad Reed battling on the Supercross and The Great Outdoors videos. My dad raced and we would go watch the national at Sand Del Lee and he took me to races like Southwick and Unadilla too. And then on Christmas day when I was 4, I discovered a PW50 hiding behind the couch, to my mom’s surprise as well!

How many times have you been to the Mini O’s?

This was my ninth year at Mini O’s. My first trip was in 2010 after Jeremy McKie and I both stood at the podium at Walton. Our dads met there and we decided to go to Mini O’s together. The only problem was we had KTM 50 SX’s (Senior) and they weren’t legal in 50 (4-6) because of wheel size. So we raced up in 50 (7-8).

What did you like better, SX or MX?

I have seen myself as an MX rider but had some good success in SX at Mini O’s. The biggest difference between the two is suspension. Luckily, I have Factory Connection by my side to help.

Thomas was most impressed with “Nate Thrasher, Gavin Towers, Jarrett Frye, Evan Ferry, Jett Lawrence, Hardy Munoz, Jordan Jarvis and the list goes on.”

What was your best race on the SX track? (Sorry, they all get the same questions)

This year I took 6th overall in 250C in Supercross against all the 4-strokes on my KTM 125.

What was your best race on the MX track?

On the MX track the class I felt I rode the best in was the stacked 125 B/C (12-17) class. My gate picks had me on the outside almost every moto forcing me wide with nowhere to go. This was my favourite race because I really felt good on the bike and can look back and say I gave 110% effort despite my 26th place finish.

What did you think of the event?

I had a blast at Mini O’s in 2018. Well, every time I’ve been there actually. It is a fun atmosphere with lots to do and see, all the companies are there to support riders and show off next year’s product. It is a great place for me to meet with all my sponsors to thank them for their support face to face.

Who impressed you the most that you saw race?

Nate Thrasher, Gavin Towers, Jarrett Frye, Evan Ferry, Jett Lawrence, Hardy Munoz, Jordan Jarvis and the list goes on. This is Mini O’s and all the riders who don’t qualify for Loretta’s are here. All the fast kids are here. It is very humbling but the best place to learn and improve.

Do you plan on going back?

Well, if I don’t where will you get food, drinks and entertainment, Billy? If you look up 10th anniversary gifts it says something made from tin or aluminum, so I am really hoping the trophies might be made of that in 2019.

Thomas will spend the winter on XC skis, down in Florida a couple times, and cycling with Swift.

What are your winter plans?

Cross country ski training / racing, 2 trips to Florida and cycling with the help of Zwift.

Who would you like to thank? 

I would like to thank you first, Billy. Few people really get to see how passionate you are about MX and SX. You are here before the first motos at 7:30 am and are still shooting pics well past 4 pm. Then it’s time for you to wifi so you can share the action with the moto community back home. I have seen you show up at Mini O’s after leg surgery to do what you love, while others would be out for months. Thanks, Billy!

(Editor’s note: I was going to delete this part, but I couldn’t find the keys through my tears…)

I would also like to thank my mom, dad and sister for all the time we get to spend together and for believing in my abilities. And all my sponsors, Nihilo, Dunlop, Wheelsport, Oakley, KTM, Factory Connection, FMF, Tag metals, Atlas, Matrix, Kutvek, Alias, and Bell.

2011 Thomas at the Mini O’s.