On the Radar | Reece Clason | Scott Sports Canada
By Jeff McConkey
Name: Reece Clason
Hometown: Medina, OH
School and Grade or Occupation: Norwayne High School, 9th Grade
Bike: KTM 125
Race Club or Series: N/A
Classes: 125 B/C and the Schoolboy 1
How did you get started in racing and riding?
My older brother, Cade Clason, was racing and I wanted to race like him. I was 4 years old and what little kid doesn’t want to copy everything that their brother does?! The first bike my mom and dad got me was a little PW50 and it all started from that point.
What is your favourite track and why?
My favorite track would definitely have to be Red Bud. What makes it so fun is the big jumps. It has such a cool flow and you can just hold it wide open everywhere. My first race there was my Regional race for qualifying for Loretta Lynn’s. I was kind of nervous about racing there but Friday morning that all changed when it down-poured and the track was a swamp. I really like riding in the mud and ended up 6th for the day. I was super surprised but got qualified for Loretta’s!
“There are so many things that are good when you have a brother that is a Pro. Cade is always helping and trying to make sure that I am doing things right. If I don’t do something correctly he really gets on me and works with me until I do get. “
Who is your favourite rider and why?
My favourite rider is Ricky Carmichael. I grew up watching the old Bar to Bar movies and I always loved how he was just always in there to battle for the win. One of the other things that makes him my favourite is he has the same initials as me. Which is why for the longest time I actually ran the number 4.
What Canadian Pro do you look up to and why?
My brother Cade, for sure. I have always looked up to him for everything. It is really cool to go to the races and watch him. It’s exciting watching the fans cheer him on. I always think and believe if he can do it, so can I.
What’s your best Cade Clason story?
It’s hard to pick one great story, but I would have to say when Cade flipped my Grandpa’s brand new Rhino. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was Christmas Eve, Cade was begging my Grandpa to let him drive it. Grandpa finally gave in and said, “Don’t wreck it!” We are all sitting around in the living room and here comes Cade walking back to the house. When he came in the house the first one he saw was my Grandpa. Grandpa said, “You flipped it, didn’t you?!” and Cade said, “Yes, and I need your help flipping it back up.”
Grandpa didn’t yell too badly, but Cade knew he was in trouble. You had to be there to feel the tension.
Is it an advantage or disadvantage being a racer and having a Pro Supercross racer as an older brother and why?
There are so many things that are good when you have a brother that is a Pro. Cade is always helping and trying to make sure that I am doing things right. If I don’t do something correctly he really gets on me and works with me until I do get. There isn’t really anything I can complain about. I feel extremely lucky to have an amazing brother and coach all in one.
Who is your hero?
Cade, for sure! I love the way he never gives up! His work ethic, his heart and passion are just a few things I admire about him. He’s a great role model!
What are your goals for next season, and what is it going to take to reach them?
I have a lot of goals for 2019, but the biggest for sure is to make it to Loretta’s and do it straight up and not be an alternate. Another goal is to be in the top ten at all major races. I will need to be fast, in shape, and ready for anything!
What are your biggest accomplishments?
Top Five placings at all races and Qualifier for Loretta Lynn’s 2018.
What is your favourite part about going to the races?
Just being in the motocross atmosphere and watching guys just laying it on the line. Screaming for my brother to do the best he can do and being there to cheer him on and give him the extra motivation to do all he can do.
What do you like to do when you aren’t racing?
When I’m not racing, I’m playing basketball for my school team. I also love hanging out with friends and trying to live that normal teenage life.
Who would you like to thank?
I would like to thank FXR, 100% Goggles, John Kuzo, Asterisk, Moto Vibess, Works Connection, Dunlop Tires, FMF, Point View Cycles, Ty Campbell, Four Photo,The MotoHub, my dad, my mom and Kevin, and my brother Cade.