5 Minutes with #31 Drew Roberts
By Billy Rainford
Week #31 of the Frid’Eh Update belonged to Drew Roberts.
We’ve known Drew Roberts a long time and have watched him climb up through the Canadian Motocross ranks. He actually comes from just outside my hometown of London, Ontario.
It was his week for the Frid’Eh Update, but, since Jeff and I were both running ragged at events, we were unable to get to the Update for this round.
Fortunately, Drew was on holidays out west at Yellowstone and didn’t have any cell service anyway. It all added up.
We were able to get in touch with him, once he returned to civilization, and his story is a little different this summer. Here’s our brief conversation with Drew.
#37 Drew Roberts grabs a holeshot at Gopher Dunes a couple years back.
Direct Motocross: Hello, Drew. I always like to start with how you first got into motocross in the first place.
Drew Roberts: Hey, Billy! I got into motocross racing in 2006, when I was about 13. I had been riding since about 5 years old, and when my old neighbour introduced me to racing I was quickly hooked.
And, what was your first race number, and how did you choose it?
#8 was my first racing number. Don’t really know why, always just liked the number 8. When I starting racing with what was then CMRC, I needed a 3-digit number. #807 was my choice probably because it’s the coolest looking number between 100-999.
Who did you come up racing against? Who was your big rival?
Growing up, Nathan Bles and I had a ton of great races on 85’s. Richard Grey was also in my age group and was hard to beat. In junior, Bradley Dool and I had some good races at Walton. Mike DaSilva and I got the best battle at the ECAN in 2009. There have been a lot of good races and “rivalries” over the years.
Let’s talk a little about last summer. How did it go for you? What was your highlight?
Last summer, I wanted to do all 10 rounds, so my brother, Travis, my girlfriend, Sam, and I traveled out to Kamloops for round 1. After a solid start with 15th in moto 1, I hit a seacan on the side of the track in moto 2 and, in retrospect, that changed not only my whole summer racing, but my outlook on racing as well.
My highlights would probably be getting in the top 10 a few times on the east coast.
Drew raced some AX Tour this winter but has taken this summer off to travel in a van with his girlfriend.
What have you been up to this summer? Where have you been?
I decided to take some time off the nationals and try something different. I have dedicated a lot of time, money, and effort over the last 10 years into racing and a break was overdue. Sam and I bought a van and have been on the road for three months touring the west coast.
What are your plans for the rest of the summer?
We have been heading back east lately and, who knows, I may see you at Walton.
What do you think about the Canadian racing so far this summer? Who’s going to win it?
Canadian nationals look great this year. I think the change to the Triple Crown series was a good one. I’m rooting for the Canadian boys. I love to see Colton (Facciotti) back up front and (Jess) Pettis has been solid.
Thanks for your time, Drew. Enjoy your time off and maybe we’ll see you next week in Walton.
Hey, how has your younger brother, Travis, been doing?
Travis has been doing good. He is racing the nationals on the east this year, running his first national number. (Travis is #87 and is racing the 450 class. His best finish was a 24th overall in Moncton. He sits 53rd in points with one round remaining.)
OK, thanks for taking the time with us today. Who would you like to thank?
Thanks for dealing with with my late response. Shout out to my friends and family, and everyone who has supported me over the years.