Kade Nightingale has been on a roll in the 51cc (4-6) classes throughout the past few seasons, establishing himself as one of the top contenders at any major amateur motocross race that he attended. His success in 2019 culminated in an impressive overall victory in the 51cc (4-6) Special Limited class at the Loretta Lynn Amateur National Motocross Championship. Nightingale’s confidence was at an all-time high heading into the Baja Brawl at the beginning of September, winning all six of his motos in Michigan in dominant fashion. The rider out of Oklahoma suffered a crash while training for The Motoplayground Race at Ponca City and was forced to sit out with a broken collarbone, but he returned to action at Mini Os where he eased himself back towards the front of the pack. The youngster began to regain last year’s form at the Arizona Open and continued in the same fashion at the beginning of the new racing season, working his way back onto the top step of the podium at Spring A Ding Ding. Nightingale looked incredibly comfortable at what would be considered his home track, considering he trains on the same property at Quick’s Moto Ranch. He only lost one moto throughout the entire weekend, finishing in 2nd position, but he still managed to secure all of the titles in the three classes that he contested.
What have you been up to the last couple of months with no racing happening?
I’ve been doing lots of fishing and family time while still getting most of my training in.
Did you take some time off riding and training when the races were postponed back in March?
I came back home and lasted a week off the bike and couldn't take it anymore. I’ve been training full-time since.
What have you been doing in your downtime to have fun when you’re not riding and training?
Lots of fishing. Raising geese, chickens, and playing with friends when I can.
What is a typical day of training like for you?
We moved back to Oklahoma and attend GAME Moto now. Hard work, sweat, hours on the bike, and naps on the way home!
How is it for you working with Gregg Albertson?
It has been a month and a half almost and its been great. He pushes me to my max effort and expects the best.
Talk about your experience last year at Loretta Lynn’s winning the title in the 51cc (4-6) Special Limited class.
I cried for five minutes because I didn't win the third moto....otherwise it was a ton of fun and something I am going to repeat this year.
How was it for you sweeping all six of your motos at the Baja Brawl and winning both titles there?
Other than my over the bars I took on my site lap, that's the way I wish every race would go! Six for six!
What was the experience of racing Supercross Futures in Dallas like for you this year?
It was a very cool experience, spent time with good friends and I got to live a similar life experience of the pros I look up to.
Talk about how your weekend went this year at Spring A Ding Ding.
Another one I wish I could repeat every time. Winning Jr., PW, and E-Bike and taking that momentum into JS7, I felt on top of the world.
What do you like about the track at Underground MX?
The Underground MX race track gets deep and rough, plus it has some awesome jumps!
What’re your plans for Loretta’s this year?
To win the Jr. and E-Bike class.
Have you decided what classes you’ll be racing after Loretta’s going into 2021?
For 2021 Ill be moving up to the (7-8) class, eligible for the 50 senior, which I already love, and the soon to come 65cc.