Trevor Colip made a pretty big splash last year at the Loretta Lynn Amateur National Motocross Championship in the Mini Sr. classes, earning 6th overall in the Mini Sr. 2 division and 4th overall in the Mini Sr. 1 class. The KTM rider worked his way onto the podium in one moto and ran up front consistently throughout the week, establishing himself as one of the top contenders in the field. Colip carried that momentum into The Motoplayground Race at Ponca City where he spent the majority of his weekend on the podium, finishing in the top three in six out of eight motos. The Indiana native scored a spot on the rostrum in seventy-five percent of his classes at Ponca and impressed in the Supermini divisions, serving as a sign of what was to come at Mini Os. He made the move full-time by the time he got to Gatorback Cycle Park in November as he clinched top five overall in Supermini 1 on the outdoor track, maintaining the same electric speed that he had been showcasing all year long. Colip is hoping to bring that same intensity to the 2020 racing season as he takes on the Supermini classes, so we caught up with him to see how he plans on doing exactly that.
What did you do during the few months that there was no racing happening with the coronavirus lockdown in effect?
I worked on school, did a little more pit bike riding than usual but pretty much kept to my normal routine with training.
Did you take some time off of riding when racing was initially canceled and postponed back in March?
I did take a little time off, but not too much though.
What was your riding situation like the last couple of months during the quarantine?
The riding situation was really good for me. I train full time at the SSR Training Facility where we live in Indiana, so I was very fortunate my riding was not affected by the coronavirus lockdown.
What sort of hobbies do you have outside of motocross?
I really enjoy mountain biking, fishing and hanging out with friends.
Take us through your week of racing last year at Loretta Lynn’s and how things went from your perspective.
Loretta’s went pretty good, I had some good starts and finally made it to the podium in a moto. I ended up getting sick towards the end of the week and that hurt my overalls a little but I’m still happy with where I finished. I just want to get closer to the top step each time I go.
Talk about the weekend of racing at The Motoplayground Race at Ponca City and earning a total of three overall podiums in the Mini Sr and Supermini classes.
Ponca was a great weekend. It was actually my first supermini race so I was really excited to race it. My starts were really good and Ponca is just a really fun event. You guys do a great job!
How did the final race of the season at Mini Os go for you?
It went okay, but I really struggled with my bike setup. We tried a completely different setup from what I ran at Ponca and I just didn’t get along with it. I did learn a lot from it though and I’m definitely thankful for the Factory Connection guys, they really made the best out of what we had. The results were not as good as I wanted but still had a lot of fun!
How has it been moving up to the Supermini classes exclusively and focusing on that?
It was going really good but I had a major growth spurt recently so during the downtime not racing I picked up a 125 and we made the decision to skip the Supermini class this year and focus on the 125. It fits me really well and I am really loving it.
What’re your thoughts on the Super Regional format for Loretta’s this season?
I think it’s okay, from what I have seen so far it seems like you race one class right after another so it’s a little different than normal but I’m excited to race!
Have you been able to get qualified yet?
No, not yet. I actually broke my leg the day after they announced the Regional schedule. I just got my cast off last week. We are going to the very last Regional to give my leg the most time possible to heal.
Do you have any goals and expectations set for yourself going to Loretta Lynn’s this year?
My goals and expectations are to be a podium contender in all my motos this year at the Ranch.
Have you thought about what you’ll do later in the season heading into 2021 in terms of what classes you’ll be racing?
I’m not sure yet. We were originally going to focus on 125 classes in 2021 but now that I’m doing 125 this year, I guess we will see how it goes.