THE WAITING GAME:
Jarrett Frye was utterly dominant throughout his campaign in the B class last season, winning the B Class Dirty 100 division in commanding fashion with multiple wins to his name throughout the year. The Star Racing Yamaha rider swept all three classes at the Daytona RCSX, won two titles at the JS7 Freestone Spring Championship, won all three of his classes at the Cal Classic and finished no worse than 2nd place in any moto, and all of that led up to the Schoolboy 2 title at the Loretta Lynn Amateur National Motocross Championship. It was the first time Frye has hoisted a number one plate in Hurricane Mills and he did it in style, winning four out of the six motos that he contested throughout the week and finishing on the podium in the other two. The Maryland native made a seamless transition to the A class as he secured a total of five championships at Mini Os and he was primed for a successful transition to the pros beginning at Hangtown for round one of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season. Unfortunately, Frye tore his ACL back in February and the coronavirus pandemic put the racing season on hold, so at this time his plans to go pro are still hanging in the balance. We caught up with Jarrett to see how the recovery has been going, look back at his 2019 racing season, and much more.
You had an ACL injury back in February, how did that end up happening?
Yeah, I was actually at an Area Qualifier at Hangtown and at the start goin' into the first turn, somebody came over on me a little bit. I started to high side off of 'em and just dabbed my foot, I didn't crash but it landed on it just right and tore it.
Did you feel it right away or continue with the rest of the moto? How'd that go?
At first, it hurt pretty bad for like thirty seconds and then it kind of went away so I thought it might not be too bad. I finished the race, but it didn't feel right. It was kind of loose and stuff, so after that I kind of knew that something wasn't right.
How'd the surgery go and how's the recovery process been?
The surgery went pretty good, the doctor said everything looks pretty good and we got it all fixed up. I had surgery at the beginning of March so it's been about nine weeks now. It's starting to feel better every day and I'm able to start doing more training off the bike as it's healing.
What kind of exercise are you able to do?
I've been doing a lot of cycling and stuff which is good. It's good for the knee and I'm just trying to build the strength back up in it.
Have you been doing the Zwift stuff with the whole Star team?
Yeah, I've been doing Zwift and actually this week I've actually done a couple of outdoor rides so it's nice to get outside. The Zwift thing has been perfect during the quarantine thing 'cause you don't have to go anywhere and it's nice and convenient to just stay at your house and get your cycle in.
Matthew LeBlanc was saying you guys will come across some guys on there that are crazy fast.
Yeah, some people are insane on bicycles. I don't even get it really. (laughs)
How long were you laid up after surgery doing absolutely nothing?
I'd probably say I sat on the couch for five days and then I started therapy and it just started slowly gettin' better. Then I'd probably say in about four weeks I was able to do the bicycle and start doin' some gym stuff, upper body stuff just to try and maintain.
Has it been driving you crazy not being able to do your normal training and riding with the team?
Yeah, it definitely sucks. I haven't been hurt in probably five years so taking two months off just seems like forever really 'cause I've been on the grind for so long.
You and Matt were kind of in the same position 'cause he got injured at Supercross Futures. He said you two were pretty serious on the MX Simulator grind.
Yeah, he actually broke his back so he couldn't do too much but at least I was able to get out and do a little bit I guess. But we were pretty bored so we have kind of been gamin' it up a little bit.
Have you been racing the novice races they do on Sundays like he does?
Yeah, we're not very good but we're good enough for novice. (laughs)
Last year you were in the B class leading up to Loretta's and you were pretty dominant. There were a lot of races where you won all of your classes and most of your motos and then you ended up sweeping the Schoolboy 2 class at Loretta's and winning that. How was the year for you as a whole?
Yeah, last year I actually had a really good year. It was definitely my best year racing. I ended up winning a lot of championships and I got my first Loretta's title which was pretty big for me; I've never won it before and it's probably my last year there, too, so I was pretty pumped to get a title there.
Especially to win that title in such commanding fashion with all three moto wins in that class...
Yeah, it was pretty cool. That's definitely one way to do it. I was able to actually win four out of my six motos which is pretty good, but I wish I coulda got 'em all. Overall it was still pretty cool!
What was your mentality moving up to the A class at Mini Os and what were you expecting?
Umm, well really a lot of the A guys that were in the A class when I was in the B class moved out, so it was pretty much the same guys I was racing all year. So nothing really changed, it was just another race and a different class.
So, how'd it feel ending out the season with five titles at Mini Os?
Yeah, it definitely felt pretty good to go there and get a bunch more championships to end out the year on a solid note.
Is it tough competing on a race-prepped 250 on that supercross track? There isn't too much room so it must get pretty tight.
Yeah, it's not very supercrossy so you can still really get on it even on a 250, it's not too tight of a track. It definitely makes for some good racing there -- a couple of cleanouts, a little bit of everything.
How did the Supercross Futures rounds go for you at the beginning of the season?
It's pretty cool racing in the same stadiums as the pros and everything. It's a little bit different of a track, a little bit more mellow, but it's still pretty fun being in that atmosphere even with no fans. I had a lot of fun at 'em; I think I got a 2nd at the first round in Anaheim and I won Glendale, so it was pretty good. I got all my points and everything.
What was it like being around the team during the race on Saturday and getting that sneak preview into what it will be like as a pro?
Yeah, I think that's a pretty big thing, just being able to be there with the pros and see what they do to get me ready for when I go pro pretty much.
What's your timetable on when you'll be able to get back on the bike?
I think I'm hopin' sometime in July, that's like four and a half months. I think like six months before I can actually start pushing it and I'd be able to race, so September I think.
Obviously, the whole coronavirus pandemic messed a lot of the schedules up. You were originally supposed to race outdoors this year but all of this happened and you had the injury. What's the plan as of now or are things just up in the air?
Yeah, I think everything is kind of up in the air right now. I'm really focusing on just getting my knee back to 100% and we don't really even know what's going to happen with the outdoors, so until then