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14-year-old Andy Chavez can be seen ripping around on a BMX bike when he’s not racing his Kawasaki locally or at Quadcross in California. Like many riders, Andy grew up in the dunes and made the switch to racing when a local series became available. Currently in the Novice class, Andy is looking to improve and move up. This young rider is a one to watch for in the coming years.
How did you get into quads? My dad has always had off road toys. When I was 2 1/2 years old I got my first quad, it was a Suzuki 50. When I was 5 I got KFX 80, When I was 10 I got a YFZ Raptor 250, and when I was 12 I got the bike I have now which is a KFX450R. This is my favorite bike and I don’t plan on switching to a different brand of bike. I love Kawasaki. Me and my family have always gone riding in the sand to Pismo, Sand Mountain and Glamis. This is how I learned to ride. I always wanted to race but couldn’t find a series in my area that we could race in , until now, and I’m have a great time. I love racing.
What’s your biggest accomplishment racing quads? Finishing 2nd place in the 2012 CMC Beginner class Championship.
What’s the most challenging obstacle you face? Clearing the triple jumps at certain tracks.
Who helps you the most? My dad has taught my most of my riding techniques. Ed Teixeira at Teixeir Tech.com has also given my a lot of riding tips and encourages me to do well and he set my bike up with great suspension. David Guy, at Grand Prix Kawasaki in Santa Clara has helped me with my motor tuning and has also helped with riding tips.
When you aren’t on the bike, what do you do for fun? I love to ride my BMX bike with my friends at BMX bike parks.
Why do you like to race? The excitement of competition and the adrenaline rush. I love competing with older and more experienced riders who I can learn from.
Who is your biggest competition and why? More experienced riders. They have been riding much longer than I have but by watching them I have learned a lot of technical riding.
Who is your biggest influence in racing and why? My dad. My dad is my biggest fan and is always teaching me.
Where’s your favorite track, and what makes it your favorite as compared to other tracks? The Sand Track at MMX in Marysville, CA. I LOVE this track because it was the first track I raced on. The jumps are cool I love the long straightaway.
Where do you want to improve? Clearing more of the jumps at the different race tracks that I go to. And holeshots.