Travis Parry, Mechanic for Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green.
What kickstarted your interest in motorcycles?
My interest in dirt bikes started when I was 7-8 looking through all the moto magazines at my school’s library.
Do you have any experience racing dirt bikes?
I didn’t start riding and racing until I was 14. I played football and baseball all throughout school and racing was what I did on the weekends.
What made you want to pursue a job as a mechanic?
I always wanted a job in the industry just didn’t know how to go about it. A friend of mine went to MMI and was working on factory teams and he told me to go to MMI so that’s exactly what I did and he got me an internship at RCH as soon as I graduated.
What is a typical day at the track like for you?
I don’t go to the track much anymore unless we are testing or at a race. More of an in house shop guy now.
Most rewarding experience you’ve had while working as a mechanic?
The most rewarding experiences are the podiums I was able to be apart of with both Broc Tickle and Josh Grant.
Most challenging experience you’ve had while working as a mechanic?
The biggest challenge would have to be the balancing act of supporting all the Team Green Riders.
What other sports are you into besides motocross?
Other sports I’m into would be mountain biking right now.
What’s your favorite road trip story?
Too many road trip stories to think of just one, lots of good times though.
What’s your favorite race of the year?
Favorite professional racer from the past or present?
My favorite past racer would be Jeremy McGrath. The present racer would be all the guys I have worked for, they are all good dudes.
What’s your best advice for a new mechanic just starting out?
Best advice to a new guy would be to just keep your head down and do your work. Let your work speak for itself and if you build good quality bikes and go the extra mile to make sure everything is dialed in people will notice. You are most likely going to have to work for free at some point to get to where you want to go. Stick it out if it’s what you really want to do and the rest will take care of itself.