DOB: September 23, 1999
Hometown: La Moille, IL
Classes: 85cc 12-14 Modified, Supermini
Bike: Yamaha YZ85
Sponsors: Yamaha, Rock River Yamaha, GYTR,
Yamalube, Dunlop, Bell Helmets, Ethika, CMS Artworx,
Atlas, Spy, Alpinestars, FMF, Never Summer Industries,
MSR, Pro Taper, Works Connection, DeCal Works,
Racer X: How did you get into racing dirt bikes?
Chase Sexton: My dad started racing when I was
1 or 2, and he got me a bike and I started riding it.
Then when I was 4 I started racing.
Talk about some of your recent highlights.
I just broke my collarbone, so not much recently! But
last year I went to the Czech Republic for the Junior
MX World Championship for Team USA, and I got
second at the Monster Energy Cup. I won four championships at the Mini Os too. My biggest highlight of
all time, though, was definitely winning Loretta’s in
2011. The Monster Cup was pretty cool, too, but being 11 and winning at Loretta’s was amazing.
There’s a pretty cool video of you on You Tube
racing against 450s on your Supermini at Sunset
Yeah, I was in Schoolboy 1 and they combined us
with 450 B in the same gate drop. I practice with the
450 guy in that video a lot, and I knew that he was
going to be the main competition, but I didn’t know I
was going to beat him. But once I beat him in the first
moto, I knew I had to beat him in the second!
When will we see you line up for a pro race?
I’m not sure. I’m hoping to turn pro by 17 or 16,
somewhere around there. I’ll be 15 next year, so I’ll
probably be racing Schoolboy 1 and 2. Then after
that I’ll probably race B, but I don’t know. I haven’t
really planned it out yet. I’m sure I’ll do pretty much
whatever Yamaha wants me to do!
What’s it like being 14 and having a big sponsor
like Yamaha behind you?
It’s awesome. They’ve supported me since 2011,
since I won a Loretta’s championship. They’ve been
great and have supported me at every race. Whether I
have good or bad motos, they’re always there.
Who’s been your biggest influence in racing?
That’d have to be my dad, since he got me started in
it. I just got a new trainer, too, Robbie Reynard, and
he’s definitely been motivating me every day.