ROAD TO THE RANCH: JACK CHAMBERS
Jack Chambers first developed his love of motorcycle racing in the woods, competing in GNCC and hare scramble events while making a name for himself as one of the fastest in his age group. In 2014, he put enough of his focus into motocross to qualify for the Loretta Lynn Amateur National Motocross Championship and competed there for the first time in the 85cc classes. Meanwhile, most of the riders he was competing against had been cutting their teeth at the Ranch for nearly five years. Nonetheless, Chambers began to show his potential in just a few years, recording a 6th place overall finish in 2017 in the Mini Sr. 2 class. Chambers didn’t finish the week of racing in 2018 but last year under the Rides Unlimited BTO Sports Amateur Racing canopy, the Floridian made another step in the right direction. He had an uncharacteristic finish in the first moto of the 125cc (12-17) B/C class which hindered his overall but still managed to work his way back into the top ten in the Schoolboy 1 class with consistently solid finishes. He made massive improvements at the end of the 2019 season and has transitioned flawlessly to the four-stroke and the B classes winning two out of three classes at the High Point Northeast Amateur Regional while favoring multiple broken ribs. Chambers is determined to make this his best year to date in Hurricane Mills and his results so far this year indicate that’s going to be exactly the case.
How’d the Regionals go for you?
Regionals were really good for me and my speed and results were on point. The first moto in Schoolboy 2, I crashed out front with an eight-second lead on the fourth lap. My bike slammed me pretty good. My ribs were hurting but I got back up and salvaged a qualifying position. With determination, Advil, and IcyHot I continued to have solid finishes in the next eight motos. I left High Point winning two championships (250 B, 250 B Limited) and I still qualified in Schoolboy 2 (the class I crashed in) with a 6th place finish. Turns out the pain in my ribs was seven fractured ribs, four through ten. So I guess you can say I’m really proud of those wins at Regionals.
What’s a typical day of training been like for you getting ready for Loretta’s?
A typical day training for Loretta’s, depending on the day of the week, normally consists of two twenty to thirty-minute motos, a cycle, and a gym workout. Also, rest and hydration are key to my routine.
Do you have a pre-race routine?
My pre-race routine is normally on the gate where I envision myself getting the holeshot and winning. Putting everything else, all the noise and distractions aside and focusing on one thing: winning.
How do you recover after a twenty-minute moto in the brutal heat and humidity?
I recover from a twenty-minute moto in the heat by getting the gear off that traps heat like my boots and stuff and cool down as fast as possible.
Is there one specific year at Loretta’s that has been the most memorable for you?
You know, I hope this year will be the most memorable for me. In the past my best finish was 6th, but this year is a different story. I am feeling 100% and believe in my program to where hopefully I’m not the only one who remembers what I did at Loretta Lynn’s 2020.
What do you think is the key to success at the Ranch?
The key to success at the Ranch is most likely the starts and because if you can have a clean first few laps and sprint, there’s a good probability of a podium.