By Lucas Comeaux
17 year-old Forrest Smith started the LACC season with two mechanical DNF's but now is coming off of two impressive overall victories. It's no secret Smith can fly on a motocross track but he's also proven he can run with the best of them in the woods as well. Smith is going for the LACC Championship this year and he's on a roll. We gave him a ring to ask a few questions.
Smith giving a victory speech at Angola.
Photo by Chris Shows.
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LC: How does it feel to land two back-to-back wins?
FS: Yeh it feels good, I'm finally pulling it together...took a while but finally got the bikes ready, finally got all my stuff woods ready...I've been doing motocross for so long. We now have a woods bike going and have all the heavy duty tubes and all that. The second round I got a flat, we've just been fixing all of the problems.
Have you been doing anything different these last two rounds, or just better luck on the mechanical side?
Just trying to make it as woods proof as possible you know. I still haven't pushed it 100% during the races, just kind of doing 80% the whole time. At the last round when Howell passed me I crashed so I pushed it to catch back up to him, then he had to gas up.
So more of a main goal of finishing?
Yeh that's what my Dad was telling me at Angola, just slow down, finish, don't go balls to the walls and wear yourself out and start cramping or something.
Is your focus this year on the motocross side or going for the LACC Championship?
I'm kind of over motocross, I mean it's too much...you have to have a 2012 bike, you gotta have ten thousand dollars in your motor, five thousand in your suspension, it's just too much. I like doing this more, all the people, you can ride an older bike - like mine is an '06 and I don't have any problems, it's just a better environment I feel. I'm going to get more into the woods thing.
|#46 Forrest Smith stole the show at the brand new Angola Bike Rodeo Venue. Photos by Bob Hatcher, click on each to enlarge.|
Well that's good to hear. While on the mx subject have you gone to Loretta's or Ponca in the past?
I went to Ponca a couple years ago but my Dad and I ended up getting into some stuff with those people, some dude ran out in front of the track and knocked me over, I didn't make the main because of it...so I don't know we're kind of just staying away from Ponca. Loretta's - Freestone this year...the starts just kill me, I'm not good at motocross starts and getting good starts are everything. This year I was running fourth and someone hit a hay bale, I flipped over the hay bale, crashed, and once you do that in one moto it's over, there's no...you don't have another 30 minutes to fight back.
Sounds like some good racing to me. Are you still in school? Yep, I'm going into my senior year.
How do you stay in shape? I bike down my road and stuff, and swim. I was on the swim team last year, that helped a lot.
So rumor has it the #5 Evan Shows will be jumping in the XC1 class when he returns after injury...are you going to take it easy on him? Yeh, you know Evan is my best friend but when the helmet goes on I'm not going to take it easy (laughs). He knows that, we've been riding together and we're friends off the track but when the helmets go on we're going to race and try to beat each other.
Alright, thanks for taking a few minutes...anything you want to add? Thanks to my Dad, Trey Foreman, and Corey Altazin/WPS/Fly.
Good luck at Juderman's. Thanks, I appreciate it.
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