My name’s Hayden Lusk.
What kickstarted your interest in motorcycles?
So I guess my dad kickstarted my love for moto. Growing up he raced a lot of flat track and some off-road so it was just a matter of time until I followed his footsteps.
Do you have any experience racing dirt bikes?
I began racing moto around the age of 6 and never really looked back from there.
What made you want to pursue a job as a mechanic?
Around 2014 after some injuries and struggles within my family, I decided it was time to hang up the boots and focus on what was next. Honestly, I wasn’t planning on a job in the industry, I was farming with my dad and started helping a kid from my hometown with some bike work and going racing with him. Shortly after that, I decided to get an education and graduated from the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in 2016.
What is a typical day at the track like for you?
A typical day at the track for me consists of lots of bolt checks and keeping Ryder on the stopwatch. Being at the track is the fun part of my days, the shop is where the real work happens.
Most challenging experience you’ve had while working as a mechanic?
The most challenging experience I’ve had as a mechanic would have to be my first year working with a privateer in the outdoor series and having to swap a motor in 25 minutes with only one set of hands while the factory guys are doing it with three people. I was able to finish the bike and get him on the line for the second moto and that felt good.
What other sports are you into besides motocross?
So a couple of years ago I bought a micro sprint, it is a 700-pound race car powered by a Yamaha R600 street bike engine. It’s been crazy being competitive again but I’m really not into much else besides racing. It’s in my blood!
What’s your favorite road trip story?
My favorite road trip story is for sure traveling from Muddy Creek Pro National to Red Bud. We rented a car and drove cross country for three weeks making some of my favorite memories!
Favorite professional racer from the past or present?
My favorite pro racer is Reedy, I’ve looked up to him since I was a little kid and always loved the way he perfected our craft.
What’s your best advice for a new mechanic just starting out?
My best advice for a new mechanic just coming into the industry is to soak up everything around you. Moto has some of the best people in the world and we are all here for each other. Learn, have fun, and win races!
Nominate one of your buddies to fill out the MPG ‘Wrench’ profile.
I nominate Ty Davis.