On the Radar | Wyatt Kerr | Scott Sports Canada

By Jeff McConkey

Presented by Scott Sports Canada.

Name: Wyatt Kerr

Age: Turned 15 in July 2018

Hometown: Cambridge, ON

School and Grade or Occupation: Starting Gr 10

Number: 164

Bike:  2017 YZ 125 and 2018 KX 250

Race Club or Series: MRC, AMA, WEC, TVR and AMO

Classes: Schoolboy (12-17), Open 2-stroke, Premix Class, TVR – MXA and Open GP

This week, #164 Wyatt Kerr is ‘On the Radar.’ | Carrie Brown photo

How did you get started in racing and riding?

My dad got me my first bike when I was 3. The deal was, I had to learn to ride a bike without training wheels before I could get a dirt bike.

What is your favourite track and why?

In Ontario I like them all for different reasons, but Gully Mor and Walton for the ruts. In Alabama, Monster Mountain is the best.

Who is your favourite rider and why?

I don’t really have one, but from the AMA I love to watch Eli Tomac, Jason Anderson and Aaron Plessinger. They are fun to watch and I like to study their techniques.

What Canadian Pro do you look up to and why?

This one is tough, I like so many of the Canadian racers. I really like Dylan Wright, he has great style. I also really like Colton Facciotti as he is a really nice guy and I got to see him practice at GPF over the past few years. Nathen Bles is a really nice guy, also, and I can’t forget the Roberts brothers, they are all really cool. I like to watch them all and try to study each of their techniques. Former pro Kyle Stephens was one of my biggest inspirations, he helped me a lot. I worked with Kyle on 85’s and onto my Supermini. He was a great instructor and I look up to him.

Gord Inglis congratulates Wyatt after winning the 2018 Kawasaki KX250F from Team Green in 2017. | Andy Kerr photo

Who is your hero?

I would have to say my dad is my hero. He works endless hours and puts so much time into helping me, from training, to bike maintenance and sorting out races to attend and what we should be looking towards.

What are your goals for this season, and what is it going to take to reach them?

I was trying to place well at the TransCan. I beat my goal and finished 5th and two 4th place finishes. I am now setting my sights to get faster and smoother to qualify for Loretta’s for 2019. I need to keep pushing my corners and fitness to prepare for the level. I am also looking forward to racing a 250 in 2019, also.

What are your biggest accomplishments?

Probably, placing top 5 and two 4th place finishes at the TransCan this year. Qualifying for Loretta’s on 85’s and Supermini in 2017 was also a great accomplishment. In 2017, I won a brand new 2018 KX 250 in the Team Green national program.

Watch for Wyatt as he tries to qualify for Loretta Lynn’s in 2019. | Carrie Brown photo

What is your favourite part about going to the races?

I love racing my bike. Different tracks and clubs are a lot of fun, but I really love to win.

What do you like to do when you aren’t racing?

I like to hang out with my friends, ride BMX bikes, kayaking, and I love fishing also. I am looking forward to snowboarding this winter.

Who would you like to thank?

I would like to thank Jeff and the guys from D4 Performance they are great with my motor and suspension. Gord Inglis from Inglis Cycle has been a huge help to my dad and I, he is always a call or text away from helping us. A big thanks Anna and Leyland at Track 15 they have the best practice track around, I ride there a lot.  Thank you to  Edmond Ellis and the guys from Windsor, they have been a huge support to our race program, Edmond finds me the best riding gear and is an amazing cook for us at the track. I would also like to thank my parents, my sister and all my friends and family that come out to support me. Thank you, everyone.