Catching Up with…Shawn Robinson
By Billy Rainford
It was week #27 for the Frid’Eh Update last week, but Gatineau, Quebec, rider, Shawn Robinson, was away and busy all weekend so we weren’t able to get in touch with him until this morning. Shawn is currently competing in the entire Rockstar Energy MX Nationals in the MX1 class and sits 16th in points after the first 4 rounds.
We grabbed him for a quick chat. Here’s what he had to say…
Direct Motocross: Hello, Shawn. You wound up with #27 for 2016, can you take us through your 2015 season? How did it go for you and were you happy with it?
Shawn Robinson: Hey, Billy. Yes, I ended up with number 27 by getting 12th last year. It was a bit of a bummer since after Ulverton if I didn’t crash I had 10th spot locked in, but oh well, it is what it is.
What did you get up to after the final round at Walton last year?
After Walton last year, I didn’t do much. I started to work with my dad at the shop until it was time to go south, which was in February.
Ya, you spent some time down at Club MX with Kaven Benoit. How long were you down there and how did that go? What was your normal routine?
This year was good going down with Kaven – we get along really good. CLUB MX was a first for both of us and we were really happy. The place is amazing, the people there are always nice, and the tracks are always good for the riders. Our routine was pretty simple: ride as much as we could, go to the gym (they have a nice gym there), mountain bike, cook food, and go to Walmart. That place was our spot – not much else to do around there .
Did you get a chance to hit the main track much to pace yourself against some of the other fast regulars?
We did not ride the big track that much, since the group that trains they always ride in the morning so we would ride the practice facility and that track was really good anyway.
This year, it’s you and your dad on the road for the nationals. How has that been going so far?
Everything as bean going good with me and my dad on the road. I also have my cousin with me and my mechanic, so we keep it busy between the 4 of us.
What has been your best race so far? How did it go?
Nanaimo, I would say. 11th in the second moto was my best, so far. Not the best start, but okay. And Nanaimo was pretty much like a first round for me, since Kamloops I had bike problems and missed both motos.
You’re currently sitting in 16th spot in MX1. Are you looking forward to the tracks in the east, and what are you hoping for as far as results go as we head east?
Yeah, I am really anxious for the east coast. I was a little pissed to miss the first 2 motos of the year. That set me back far in points right away, but the east coast should be way better. I am looking more to be around top 10 in the east, but we will see this weekend coming.
You’re also pretty involved with fast cars too. Have you been racing your Vette? What do you do with this car? How fast is it?
Yeah, I enjoy cars a lot. Me and my buddies go to the 1/4 miles all the time. The car is really fast. I ran my best time this weekend of 10.4 at 134 mph on the 1/4, which is pretty good.
Is car racing something you want to do after moto?
Yeah, I would love to race cars after moto. It would be a dream but sometimes it’s a little too late unless someones would want me to race for them.
What did you get up to this off weekend?
Saturday I spent the day at the track with my car, so that was a lot of fun, and yesterday I rode at Sand Del Lee getting back in some sand for a change.
OK, we’ve pestered you long enough, thanks for the chat and who would you like to thank?
I would like to thank everyone that has my back: Duroy KTM, Fox, Shift, Oakley, Motovan, Kutvek, Nihilo, Matrix, FMF, Factory Connection, and my dad.