We interviewed reigning Quadcross Northwest pro Champion Ruby Davis about his racing, what he did in the off-season, and more. After breaking his elbow halfway through last season, Ruby managed to salvage enough points to retain the title and is looking to defend it this year. While the competition is stronger, Ruby’s outlook on life and racing has become more solid also. Will he be able to claim the championship again this year? Only time will tell.
What do you dislike most in others on the track?
What I dislike most about others on the track is sometimes people forget why they started racing and end up taking things to seriously. When you have fun and are able to relax that’s when the true you shines.
What do you do to keep it fun on the track? Well I definitely sing when I’m out there. That’s kind of a hard question because I don’t know what I really do to make it fun. I guess it would be hitting the bumps as fast as possible and the way the bike bounces off them is really fun. Or pitching the bike sideways and landing sideways to make the next corner. Finding a good flow and getting a rhythm is awesome. It’s all these things combined that makes it fun. “Sometimes you just gotta ball out!”
What are your goals for the year?
My goals for this year are to have a podium finish every round I attend. Practice more. Another Goal is to continue to learn and grow my mindset for the sport and lifestyle.
Do you remember your first race?
Of course I remember my first race. It was the end of summer 2010 at Hannegan. Never been on a track in my life, never did a start in my life. I just went out there and winged it. I remember coming home with a second place trophy so stoked. My parents saw how happy I was and motivated it made me and from then on out we were hooked. That next season we raced all 52 weeks of the year and competed in over 100 races.
Who had the greatest influence on your racing? Who do you look up to in the sport?
My greatest influence in my racing is my Quadcross family. Every time I come to the races its like one big family reunion. I look up to many riders from young to professional. Its hard to say I look up to just one person because I’ll watch a mini ride and learn something – to always have fun and laugh and just be a kid – to the pro who rider with such speed and consistency. So for myself I just put those two together and make myself an influence to others around me.
What else can you tell me about your program this year?
So I have definitely changed my program a little bit this year. With starting my own real estate re-development business it’s really been a challenge to juggle both. For starters I stopped watching as much TV and focused more on personal growth from reading books, running more and riding dirtbikes a lot. I have really been able to find myself and enjoy it along the way.
What are your favorite books, movies, movie stars, sports heroes, and singers right now?
My favorite books right now are Mindset by Carol S. Dweck, The E Myth by Michael E. Gerber and the 7 Habits of the Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. I don’t have too many favorite movie stars only because I’m not too picky when it comes to movies. My favorite sport heroes I would say are Russell Wilson for his leadership and growth mindset by using failure as learning to grow. Ryan Villopoto for his determination and his respect for the sport and to show love for it on and off the track. My favorite band is A Day to Remember. It doesn’t matter how many times I listen to their songs they never get old.
What racing mistake had the greatest impact?
I have 2. First one was learning control of the front brakes. Not once, not twice, but three times in one moto I did a face plant. That sucked I guess you can say I learned how to use my front brakes after that. Well now, according to Eric Mott I don’t use brakes which is true in some cases. Second, I wouldn’t say it was during racing. I was out cruising the woods when me and a dirtbike collided. Long story short I ended up with a dislocated and broken elbow. The moment that happened I knew I could be broken. I knew I wasn’t as strong as I thought I was, but from that moment my mindset changed for the good. I realized what needed to be done in my life and what it really meant to be strong, to be tough to show heart and dedication.
How would you like to be remembered?
The man, the myth, the legend. [Laughs] Just kidding. I want to be remembered as the guy who was a role model for everyone. The guy who never gave up. The guy who put it all into anything and everything he does.
What did you do in the off season?
I took 6 month off from riding to let my elbow heal 100%. I started my own business and have been mainly focusing on that. I didn’t start riding til about 4 weeks before the first round and a majority of the riding was on a dirtbike. I ran a lot and was treating my body like it should be treated.
What do you do to stay motivated when off the bike to train? How I stay motivated is writing down my goals and my “WHY” behind every goal is a “Why” and those “Whys” fuel my motivation like gas on a fire. I hang those goals where I can look at them every day. I also look at how far I’ve come in the sport and how many people have helped me get to where I am now. I owe it all to them because they motivated me to do my best and never give up.
Tell us about your expectations for the year and how they are shaping up so far.
My expectations for the year are to start strong, be consistent, and finish stronger. Sprinting through the finish line and not just to it. I would say it’s shaping up nicely. I need to stay healthy and continue to study my goals in life and racing. With a 1-1 finish the first and second round with 3/4 holeshots I’m pretty damn proud of myself and am looking forward to the rest of the season.
How does it feel to have the #1 again this year, and having to defend it? I feel honored to have then #1 plate again after last year breaking my elbow and having to ride with a brace. I feel like I really earned it last year. I fought the whole way broken elbow and all. This year feels better than any other year. I feel different in a way. I have a new look on life and I guess you can say I found myself. I’m looking forward to defending it again this year. The competition is great and Ill be ready for it.
Catch Ruby at the next rounds of Quadcross Northwest in Albany Oregon, May 21-22.