ROAD TO THE RANCH: CADEN DUDNEY
Caden Dudney may have a little bit less experience at the Ranch than many of the riders that he’s sharing the track with, but that doesn’t make him any less capable of getting a number one plate, which he proved last year. The Texan first raced at the Loretta Lynn Amateur National Motocross Championship back in 2016 in the 51cc (4-6) Limited class, finishing in 19th position at the end of the three moto format. Dudney has steadily bettered his results year by year, each time he shows up to Hurricane Mills, achieving 13th place in the 65cc (7-9) Limited class and 9th place in the 51cc (7-8) Limited class in 2018. In only his third appearance at the Ranch last season, Dudney had an exceptional week of racing as he earned his first overall podium and his first title at Loretta Lynn’s, establishing himself as one of the standout performers in both of the 65cc (7-9) divisions. The Fly Racing backed youngster punched his tickets to the Ranch at the Baja Acres Mid-East Youth Regional, clinching two 2nd place overall finishes in the 65cc (10-11) classes. After proving his speed on the 65 last year in the form of a championship, it would be foolish to count Dudney out of the running for the title in either class this August.
How’d the Regionals go for you?
The Regionals went decent. It took me all weekend to get a good start and I couldn’t keep it on two wheels and in my last 85 moto I had a flat tire.
What’s a typical day of training been like for you getting ready for Loretta’s?
Usually, we start off with some motos and sprints and we end the week with sections and shorter motos.
Do you have a pre-race routine?
My pre-race routine starts off with a bowl of Lucky Charms, having my mom help me put on my socks, hydrating, and getting pumped up for the race.
How do you recover after a twenty-minute moto in the brutal heat and humidity?
Sometimes I pour water on my head and sit and let the breeze or fan do the rest, and drink Arma!
Is there one specific year at Loretta’s that has been the most memorable for you?
My most memorable year was my very first year because of how much I had to overcome to even get to the Ranch.
What do you think is the key to success at the Ranch?
Being smooth and consistent and riding your little heart out.