Since he was four years old Jaret Nassaney has ridden motorcycles with his family. He began with dirt bikes, but has now raced speed bikes for over a year and a half, including professionally since February. The 17 year old races in the MotoAmerica entry level class known as the KTMRC 390. Nassaney has spent the last few months making stops at various tracks across the country.
"We were at MotoAmerica in Wisconsin in the first round. Then we came down to Alabama in Barber. Then we shot over to Utah in Miller. And now we're going to Laguna Seca in California," Nassaney said.
He says plenty of prep work goes into his bikes, but the real struggle comes when he is behind the handlebars.
"Some think you just sit on a bike and twist the throttle, which is completely wrong," he said. "I have to lean all the way off this bike. I'm dragging my knee and almost my elbow on the ground just to get the bike turned."
Nassaney says that racing events are what he cherishes most because he gets to spend more time with his family, including his brother Jordan who races moto-cross.
"The best memories have to be just traveling with my family and having the joy of doing it with your family. It's great. We're all competitive so we all butt heads but, I mean, at the end of the day we are all a big family."
Nassaney says his next goal is to begin building through the next four classes in MotoAmerica.
"We'll probably do the series one more year and hopefully I do better. Next year I'm hope to race in the 600 of MotoAmerica also, so hopefully do that, then the 1000's, then hopefully go overseas or something."