What’s your name and where are you from?
Noah Smerdon, originally from Glass House Mountains in Queensland Australia but now live in Cairo, Georgia
What classes do you race?
Supermini 1 and 2
How did you get into motorcycles?
My dad had a KTM 300EXC and rode in the woods, my two older brothers also had bikes. My first bike was their hand me down CRF50. I hit this jump which was probably bigger than it could handle and broke the frame – it had a hard life.
Tell us about your first race.
I was so excited to race at our local club – Kilcoy Motocross Club, and I won my first race on a KTM 50 Junior when I was 6 years old.
What other sports do you like?
None really, although I did play soccer until I had to make a choice between soccer and motocross.
Describe a typical day at the track for you.
I have gym at 7:30 am to warm up, start riding at 9 am until around 1:30 pm. Have lunch and then go to the gym. After the gym then I do school for a couple of hours. If we ride in the afternoon, then I do school in the morning.
Favorite meal to have before you race?
Chicken and broccoli pasta in between races.
Best moment on a motocross bike?
Winning my second Australian Junior MX title in Bunbury on the 65. I had stepped up to an older class and there was no real expectation that I would even podium as I was one of the youngest in the class. It was a really rough sand track with really deep ruts. I qualified fastest and the week just went to plan with all five motos getting good starts and winning most of the motos.
Best road trip story.
We stopped at the Grand Canyon on the way back from SX Futures in California in 2019. At one of the lookout points, I laid in the snow and made a snow angel. We were halfway back to the RV before I realized I had lost my phone! We had to walk all the way back and then search in the snow. My phone was on silent which didn’t help, but luckily for me we found it!
What’s your favorite track to ride?
Ben Townley’s practice track in New Zealand because it had different elevation changes, lots of different styles of jumps and it was fun and fast.
Who is your favorite professional racer and why?
Ryan Dungey because he was so consistent, was well respected, worked hard and really inspired me.
Who would you like to thank for helping you out?
My mum and dad for making it possible to come to the USA, MX Locker, Troy Lee Designs, MTF, FMF, Factory Efffex, Pro Taper, Dunlop, Factory Connection, Acerbis, Twin Air, Florida Motorsports, Twisted Development, Dubya, and Engine Ice.