GNCC and Sprint Enduro Racer - Zach Osborne
This week, our guest is Zach Osborne, former Motocross and Supercross Champion turned GNCC and Sprint Enduro racer. Zach shares what he's been up to lately and then talks about his decision to come out of retirement and go cross-country racing with the AmPro Yamaha team in 2023.
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[00:00:16.890] - Dave
Hello everyone. Welcome to Pit Pass Moto, the show that keeps you up to speed on the latest in motorcycling and brings the biggest names in the motorcycle industry right to you. I'm Dave Sulecki.
[00:00:26.770] - Dale
I'm Dale Spangler. And this week our guest is Motocross and supercross champion Turn GNCC and sprint enduro racer, Zach Osborne. This episode of Pit Pass Moto is brought to you by Moto America. Moto America is the home of AMA Superbike Racing and is North America's premier motorcycle road racing series. Rewatch every round of the 2022 series and revisit all the action with the Moto America Live Plus video on demand streaming service. Or visit the Moto America YouTube channel for race highlights and original video content. To view the complete 2023 Moto America race schedule, head over to motoamerica.com and be sure to follow MotoAmerica on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for real time series updates all Dave this week on our all access thought maybe we'd talk a little bit about off road rosters coming into the 2023 season. It seems like there was just a flurry of press releases that came out last week with all the major teams, all the pieces falling into the place for the offroad championships going into 2023. Anything that really stood out to you from last week? I know one of the coolest things I saw was the Johnny Campbell.
[00:01:39.710] - Dale
I guess it was like they honored him for 30 years with American Honda. I mean, you think about that. I was thinking about it more earlier and I'm like, that's pretty much unheard of. I can't think of one other racer that's pretty much spanned their entire career with one manufacturer. And not only did he ride Hondas for 30 years, but he won eleven Baja races. And we're talking back when he was riding an XR 600 and eventually an XR 650. But these were some beasts of motorcycle. And of course, on the East Coast, Scott Summers kind of did something similar on that bike, but pretty amazing story.
[00:02:13.480] - Dave
Yeah, it was a cool story. I saw that. And hats off to Johnny Campbell Racing. That JCR team is back with Honda, I think, for the new year. So 31 years and counting as they go into 23. Yeah, it was crazy, man. I'm just so happy to see off road that healthy to where you've got so many press releases coming out at the same time to talk about all their race teams. And these race teams are not small. I mean, this Rockstar Energy Husk Varnat team is what do they count? 123456 riders they announced for the new season. It just seems like it's growing. And they're hitting all the disciplines. They're hitting GNCC, they're hitting works, they're hitting Sprint and Durh, they're hitting this NGPC, the National Grand Prix Championship series with their riders. So it's cool to see it that healthy. I guess it's kind of surprising to me, I guess, without looking at it over the years, I didn't realize just how big it was.
[00:03:05.100] - Steve
[00:03:05.440] - Dale
I've always thought that the off road side of things, even though you and I both came from the Moto side, that Offroad just gives you that bang for the buck. It just seems like you show up at even a local level, you could probably get an hour and a half to two hour race. There's not as much sitting around the Motocross track. We all know there's a lot of waiting between Motos and so yeah, Offroad just seems to be alive and well. I think COVID even kind of exacerbated that a lot more people started to get out and explore on their own. But back to what you're saying for the KTM group. Between KTM Huskovarn and Gas Gas, we're talking there's got to be six to eight riders for each team. So the KTM group's all in on Offroad, that's for sure.
[00:03:43.900] - Dave
Yeah, and it kind of syncs up with their brand, so it makes good sense. And they come into that 2023 season pretty healthy. Now, Ben Kelly's recovered, so he's going to go back to XC One. And the interesting thing to me that I noticed with the KTM team and the Husk of Arna team is a lot of the top guys are actually going to be riding the 354 stroke in the premier classes and not the 450. Now, when you go out west, obviously they ride a lot of 450s because of the horsepower. Right. Makes good sense. But coming back east and even that enduro Cross series, I think you're seeing a lot of these guys on the 354 stroke. So it's kind of interesting to me that just kind of shows how far that bike has come since 2011 when it first came out. I know I rode a few from the first year and I wasn't blown away, but they've really, really invested time and effort into redesigning that bike and making it quite the weapon. And for these guys to go into those premier classes yeah, it seems like.
[00:04:37.950] - Dale
It's the perfect bike. Kind of splits the difference between the 254 stroke and the 454 stroke to where when you're going 3 hours like they are in a GNCC. I can see where that 350 would kind of split that difference where you're a little bit lighter, a little more nimble. Probably going to not be such a beast to muscle around the woods for 3 hours. And so it kind of makes sense. And then like you're saying, they seem to have a bike for everything, then you go to the extreme enduro and you've got that 302 stroke and that thing just seems to be like the perfect weapon for that series as well. So the KTM group definitely seems to be supporting Offroad obviously pretty heavily with their three brands. Of course, new to KTM. Alongside Ben Kelly, will be Johnny Gerard, one of the new England rippers. Moving up to XC One so we got an all New England XC One class refacted KTM coming into next year for GNCC. And on the West Coast for works, we've got Dante Oliveira, Taylor, Robert and they're going to be joined by Dante's brother Mateo Oliveira. And of course, Kristian Hart returns for US Hard, Enduro, and EnduroCross for his third year on the team.
[00:05:40.320] - Dave
And I think he's kind of the goat of that Hard and Duro series. He's kind of hard to beat, kind of dominates it. So speaking of the KTM brands or the Austrian brands, the Enduro engineering gas gas team has got McKenzie Tricker. She's going to join WXC and GNCC, which is pretty cool. And Josh ToF he's going to ride XC One. He finished 6th last year, so he's definitely a weapon in that class. So good to see these guys go at it for the Enduro engineering gas gas team, not the factory team, but this is kind of an aftermarket team. The factory team is going to be made up of Fad Deval, who finished 10th in XC One last year. He's going to go at it in XC One again this year. And Rider Lafferty is going to ride XC Two. He finished P two in XC Two last year. So good on rider. So that's your Gas Gas teams going into 2023.
[00:06:28.840] - Dale
That's funny. It just seems like musical chairs, you know, to go back to that again, because a lot of these riders are it's almost like they're switching seats, you know, like, for example, Yamaha. We got Ricky Russell, who was at the Coastal team last year, gas Gas team. Now he moves back to the Ampro Yamaha team and will be their XC One rider. And then XC Two, we've got Liam Draper and a surprise rider that we probably will be having on the show as a guest here in a few minutes in XC Two. And then Rachel Archer, who's the WXC champion, reigning champion, she'll be back in on a Yamaha as well. So, yeah, lots of moving around. Another rider that was went from Ampro to Honda will be Mike Wikowski. So he moves to Phoenix Honda for next year and after a couple of years with Ampro, Yamaha and he'll be alongside Rui Barbosa and Cody Barnes. So, yeah, like I said, lots of switching around, going on.
[00:07:20.040] - Dave
Speaking of switching around, the guy I like to talk about because he's kind of the fan favorite and he's playing a little bit of Ken Roxan. He's being real coy about saying where he's going to go this next year. But Stewart Baylor, one of my favorite racers of all time because he's such a good dude and super fast. Like you said, he left that Ampro team, but he's not saying what he's going to do. I saw a couple mentions and interviews and short blurbs on social media and he's kind of winking at a KTM private deal, but who knows where Stew is going to end up. But I just know wherever he goes, he's going to be competitive and then top five of that XC One class.
[00:07:54.550] - Dale
Yeah, the media follows him wherever he goes. He's just a great character for our sport and just always seems to have something going on, whether it's hilarious, you know, outrageous, whatever, that's just his personality. And so it's always good to see him lining up. Now, I think I have heard a rumor that his brother, Grant Baylor, this year's Endural champion, could possibly be moving over to the Babbitt's Kalasaki team alongside Josh Strang and GNCC XC two champion Lyndon Snodgrass. So that was some interesting news. And then current GNCC champ Jordan Ashburn. Haven't heard anything more, but I assume he'll probably stick with his Magna One Motorsports Huskavarna team. Everything seemed to really click for him this year and good on him. So, yeah, I think that's pretty much everybody except for Husk of Arnold. So, yeah, I'll let you take the Husk of Arnold one day. So who we got going for Huskavarna for next year?
[00:08:43.190] - Dave
We've got quite a list. We've got, ah, Craig DeLong who finished second in XC One last year. He's going to go back to GNCC Race XC One and he's going to ride a 350. He's going to ride the FX model, which kind of makes sense. And he's also going to hit National Enduro. So Craig will be on that Rockstar Energy Huskabarna Factory team along with Trevor Bolinger who's going to ride XC One also and move to National Enduro. So he's going to ride the 350 also. So good for Trevor Austin Walton. He's going to go out west to the NGPC, which I mentioned before. That was the National Grand Prix Championship Series and the Western Hair Scramble series. He's going to ride the 450. Dalton Shirley also is going to ride those same series. He's going to take his number one plate on the 450. Colton Hacker is going to be in US hard Enduro in the EnduroCross series and he's going to split duties between the 350 and EnduroCross and the 300 fuel injected bike and Hard and Duro along with Rider LeBlan. So that is your rock star Energy Husk of Arna Factory team and it's loaded with talent and just unbelievable number of riders on that team.
[00:09:44.730] - Dave
It's pretty cool, man.
[00:09:45.820] - Dale
Yeah, they seem like they've just really focused on hand picking these riders. Dalton Shirey was he was a Factory Husky rider a couple of years back and then now he's two time Heron Hound champion. So they brought him back on board to do Ng PC and I would assume he'll try and defend his Heron Hound title as well. But then Rider LeBlanc, who's I think is one of the most exciting riders coming up, I got to see him at the Boise and Dural cross round. And boy, he's young, he's aggressive, super nice, well spoken kid, but he just is not afraid to jump stuff that other riders seem like he pushes the boundaries, let's put it that way. So good on Husk of Varna for picking up a couple of new riders and kind of filling those voids that they might have had. And it's going to be a pretty exciting 2023 off road season, that's for sure.
[00:10:27.870] - Dave
Definitely go out and watch them. Those GNCC races are just epic and they go for two days. You got ATVs on Saturday, bikes on Sunday, and it's non stop action. It is full Moto speed through the woods. If you haven't been to one, definitely go check it out. It is pretty cool racing.
[00:10:41.730] - Dale
Well, I thought I'd bring up one of the things since we're on the subject of off road, I read recently the 2023 Dakar route has been released and for the 45th edition of the Dakar rally, which will be the first round of the FIA and FIM world rally championship, it'll begin December 31 of this year and go through January 15. So it will be the fourth time that the event has been held in Saudi Arabia. And this year's event sounds like it's a pretty exciting course. They're starting on the beaches of the Red Sea on the west coast of Saudi Arabia and then after nearly 5000 stages, the winner will be crowned on the shores of the Persian Gulf in Dam on the opposite coast. And one of the things that really stood out to me is they're going to spend three days in what's called the Empty Quarter, which is a part of the Saudi Arabian peninsula that is kind of further to the south, but it includes tons of sand dunes and it's just mile upon mile of just open desolation. So pretty amazing route as always. It's one of the toughest races in the world.
[00:11:41.870] - Dale
Sleep is a rarity strategy, a must, and I feel like according to what they said, it'll be the longest course since 2014 and so it's going to be a pretty wild race. Some of the Americans to follow this year in this Dakar will be Skyler Howes who we had on the show, ricky Braybeck, Mason Klein and Jacob Argue Bright who we also had on this show. So looking forward to following these Americans in the Dakar in 2023 here starting the end of the month. And for those out there interested in following along, they can watch it on Red Bull TV to catch all the action. We're excited to welcome to the show Motocross, the supercross champion, Zach Osborne. Zach, welcome to Pit Pass Moto, how are you today?
[00:12:36.440] - Steve
Yeah, doing great, thanks guys.
[00:12:38.180] - Dale
So tell us about New Ride, New Life Challenge. How did this idea and resulting ride with Ampro Yamaha to race off road come about?
[00:12:47.910] - Steve
Well, it's kind of always been one of my ambitions was to go off road racing at some point in my career. It's sort of been like a passion project or a side hobby for me my whole Motocross and Supercross career. And, yeah, I was approached by Randy and Yamaha to go full time and kind of make a real effort at it and it seemed like the right thing to do, so I jumped on it.
[00:13:09.280] - Dale
I thought maybe it was all that riding with Stu Baylor that had to have rubbed off. It seemed like you were destined for offroad when I saw that some years ago.
[00:13:17.470] - Steve
Yeah, I've done quite a bit of riding with Stu and that kind of week that you probably saw most of the video from was what put me in the position to go to six days. And like I said, it's always kind of been on my list to give it one proper effort at least going off road racing in a full time position. So this is really cool for me.
[00:13:35.780] - Dale
So it sounds to me like, Zach, like you had some unfinished business behind your return to racing because I think a lot of people that were unsure if you're fully retired or if there was kind of this off road in the back of your mind in the works. Tell us how this kind of came about. Were you doing a little soul searching this last summer and you're just like, I need to go racing?
[00:13:53.970] - Steve
Yeah, I just never felt completely done. 2022 this year was kind of my plan, or my wife and I plan for my last year of full time professional supercrossed motorcross and we obviously didn't get to do that and 2021 was kind of a shambles as well. So this was something or turned to some form of racing. I think the ship has sailed for me as far as full time supercar motorcross racing goes, it's just such a high level of commitment and what it takes to be at the top level in that realm is kind of past me. I'm 33 now, but this GNCC off road deal seemed to really fit kind of our lifestyle and where we're at and just kind of seemed to really make sense for us.
[00:14:37.700] - Dave
Yeah, no doubt. It seems like I know I've been to a lot of GNCCS. It's such a more laid back situation then. It's got to be a lot different for the racer compared to your past Motocross and Supercross venues. But how are you physically going into the new year? Is this going to be different demands on you physically than you were used to in Supercross? Are you prepared for that?
[00:14:56.030] - Steve
Yeah. So for me right now, I'm just working on a lot of mid range stuff. My heart rate is considerably lower riding off road and woods compared to Motocross. I think mainly because of the G load and the overall stress of it all is just a little bit different. So I'm working on a lot of mid zone cardio. That's something that I've never really, really focused on at all. It's always been super high, super high end stuff, like on the supergrass track or super low end stuff to recover on the bicycle and in the gym. So for me, it's a bit of a shift. It's cool though, because I've never worked on it. It's easy to make improvements and see gains and really just kind of enjoying a new look at things.
[00:15:37.390] - Dave
And I understand with this new deal, you're in XC Two this year. So this is great because you can kind of get the flow of what a season is going to be like in GNCC, and then you've got the option to move up into XC One next year, is that correct?
[00:15:48.990] - Steve
Yeah. So my deal is 2023 is in XC Two, and then I'll race the I can't think of exactly what it's called, but the equivalent of XC One and the sprint enduros. And then in 2024, I'll be full time in XC One, GNCC, and also some sprint enduros in that year, too. So these guys have been doing this a long time. They grew up doing off road and GNCC style riding, just as I did in Motocross and Supercross. So I just felt like for me to jump in right at the very deepest end, which was XC One, would be a bit of a big ask. So for me, it just kind of made sense to get my feet wet with XC Two for a year, hopefully get some decent results and then put myself in a position to move up for 24. Yeah.
[00:16:31.230] - Dave
And it's it's got to be a good way to kind of prepare you mentally to go from getting used to it then going into the other class. But for you mentally going into offroad, you've got experience, obviously, from ISDT, and you did great there. You guys finished, I think, second on your team, the World Trophy team back in, what, 2012 or 13, I think it was.
[00:16:51.160] - Steve
Yeah, 2013, we were second as a team. I think I was fifth or 6th in the E One class. And then in 14 I was on the team as well. We got second as a team. But that was no part me because my bike stopped on the first day in the second test, I believe. So it was pretty terrible time for me. But, yeah, I've really enjoyed my six days career so far, and I wouldn't mind to add to it.
[00:17:13.880] - Dale
Before you finish today's episode, first we have a word from our sponsor. So I'm curious to know, Zach, this last year as an ambassador for Husk of Arnold, you did some pretty fun stuff. You got to do some TV reporting for Supercross, you raced in Canada. Was that part of this sort of soul searching process for you trying all these different things and realizing I kind of feel better racing or I want a race?
[00:17:38.620] - Steve
Yeah, I think it was just kind of what was kind of handed to me at the time, right. Like, that was the position that they had for me and that was what they wanted to see me do. So it just kind of all made sense and that's where we landed. I enjoyed a lot of it. The TV gig was super tough for me, just not really my thing. I think if I could put the time into it and get some more reps and stuff, it would be a fun gig. But man, it was tough to just kind of be thrown in the deep end with not a ton of guidance. Like, it was a pretty tough job. But all due respect to those guys who do it every weekend and make it sound and look really, really good yeah.
[00:18:14.220] - Dale
How about that event at Fox Hill in the UK with a vet mode across the nation that looked like it was a good time too?
[00:18:20.750] - Steve
Yeah, that was a blast. That was one of the more fun events that I did all year just to get to go back to England where I spent so much time and get to see friends and what feels like family. And I hope to actually get to go back as long as everything's going good with the racing this year and whatnot, I hope to get to go back to the BMX the end again in 2023.
[00:18:41.380] - Dale
So I'm curious to know on the subject of Europe, because you spent so much time over there before coming back to States and really launching your career full time here, I'm curious to know if it changed your outlook on life, like living in Europe. Because personally, I lived in Europe for almost two years working for Alpine Stars, and after that I felt like I just was a completely different person in the way I looked at things. I loved trying different foods, seeing the different places. So I'm just curious if that changed your outlook on life.
[00:19:09.390] - Steve
Yeah, I think it did. It kind of made me who I am today. Really. When I went there, I had to really kind of spread my wings and grow up a lot really quick and it's an experience that I wouldn't trade for anything, really. I mean, obviously people are like, man, that must have been so tough and blah blah. But I just embraced it and enjoyed it and I still enjoy going back there and I still have tons of friends and people that I enjoy seeing there. And I often miss the European lifestyle, the slow pace, and just everything seems to move at a different tick there. I miss that sometimes. So for me, definitely was some of the better times of my life. Just a lot of fun, pretty relaxed and pure racing.
[00:19:53.370] - Dave
So speaking of that laid back approach to things, and I've always felt you've been a rider with that sort of approach or attitude towards racing. I read something interesting about you. You picked up the Wim HOF breathing method as a training tool, I guess you could call it a training tool. Is that what it is? Or is it more of an attitude or a way to go about your exercise?
[00:20:12.730] - Steve
I would say it's more of a training tool or a meditation piece or coping mechanism. I don't know what you want to call it.
[00:20:20.810] - Dave
Yeah, they say it gives you mastery over your nervous system, your immune system, your cardiovascular system. I think that's probably the best way to describe it as meditation. I guess it gives you that clear head so that you can approach your next obstacle, I guess, in life.
[00:20:34.300] - Steve
[00:20:35.600] - Dave
I always like to see that riders today talk a lot about the mental side of racing. And like I said before, I always felt you had that proper low key attitude. What's been your path to this side of the sport? I mean, is that something you've always been that way since you started racing back in, I think, what, seven? Is that something you've carried on your entire career? Did you develop that over time and how did that come about?
[00:20:58.790] - Steve
I would say definitely it's a development thing. I am probably more of an anxious, nervous type than most people realize off the bike. And riding has always kind of been an expression for me. Like, I don't even know how to say it, but just like my purest forms of gifts, I guess you would say. And I feel like I'm my most relaxed when I'm riding. So that's the biggest thing for me is just like I enjoy riding, racing makes me nervous, but in the thick of racing, there's not much going on in my mind other than just the race. It's just a really peaceful spot for me. So I think that that's kind of what I learned to kind of lean into, especially at my age now, where I'm a little bit older and the days are winding down of getting to do this as a job. And just mainly trying to stay grateful for the opportunities that I still have in the sport that are really good and really high level with good equipment and just a ton of fun.
[00:21:56.950] - Dave
So that leads me to my next question. I want to ask you about that 2020 season we talked about. You know, you've got that attitude. That how you approach things. And it seems to be the 2020 season was obviously that was your winning season in the 450 outdoors. But it was so up in the air up until August, when the season, I guess, finally did kick off. And you had great success right out of the gate at Loretta's. I mean, how did you adapt to that? Because it was just a sudden change and then, bam, nine races we had to get these in. Was that just kind of the strangest race season for you? Or was it just take it race by race, day by day.
[00:22:33.310] - Steve
Well, I went into the season wanting to win a race, right? And then I won a race, and then I won the next race, and then I was the points leader, and then I was the championship favorite. So for me, I was kind of thrust in at the deep end right there. And I had to learn all kinds of new things like managing a 450 championship and a lot of other things. But the biggest piece was it was just kind of like preparation, opportunity. I had a really good run at those those Salt Lake grounds and was just really motivated after that. I had a huge injury right before the COVID stop, and that put me in a dark place as far as whether I wanted to continue or not and almost didn't end up going to Salt Lake, but did. And then it went really well. And then that kept me motivated for those sort of eight or nine weeks or whatever it was, between the end of Supercross and the beginning of outdoors. And I think that I just came in kind of a little bit more fired up than anyone else did and was able to get off to a really good start and get the job done.
[00:23:30.440] - Dale
So I've noticed that you seem like you've always been this a family first kind of guy. And congratulations, by the way, on your birth of your third child here recently.
[00:23:38.990] - Steve
[00:23:39.700] - Dale
But, yeah, it seems like you have a really good support system. It means a lot to you. I mean, is that one of your biggest things that drives you as a person and as an athlete?
[00:23:49.090] - Steve
Yeah, it is, no doubt. I just kind of pride myself on my family. Right. That's my greatest work so far in life is being a family man, being a dad, being a husband, and I give them my all. So it's also an expression of my racing, is just if I can be better on the track, then that's going to be better for them. And I know that. And that kind of goes into all of the work that I do and is always in the back of my mind.
[00:24:15.270] - Dale
I think you and I might have a similar background in that. If I'm not mistaken, your dad was a drag racer, right? A car drag racer, yeah. So was my dad. So I was curious to know if that had any influence on you starting racing, because it certainly did for me. My dad was like, he missed racing so bad that I think he just found a ray way to go to the races. And that happened to be dirt bike racing. And so I'm curious to know your story and how much your dad influenced you and how you got started.
[00:24:41.930] - Steve
Yeah, my dad was a huge influence on getting me started in riding and racing. He raced most of my younger days from when I started to. When I was probably, I want to say 13 or 14, he was still racing himself. So I don't know really why I went the Motocross route instead of the drag racing route. It just kind of found me, I guess, and progressed pretty rapidly, and my parents were willing to support me and put in the time that it took to make it happen. I still love drag racing. I watch it, I would say definitely more than my dad does now. It's something I'm still pretty keenly interested in and enjoy following.
[00:25:17.030] - Dale
That's awesome. Yeah, I still catch you once in a while, but probably not as much as you're into it. So you're 33, you said, and I feel like you still have a lot left in the tank. So what's your ultimate goal here with this off road thing going forward and into the future?
[00:25:33.100] - Steve
Yeah, I really just want to have some fun, and obviously I would love to be a winner at some level, whether that's a championship or a race or whatever. I want to enjoy this time with my family and take it all in with motorcross and supercar. You're always flying, you're always on the go. It's as soon as you can get home to continue training and as late as you can get to the race to train as long as you can. But with this, it opens up a little bit more opportunity to drive to the races and see some sights and just kind of enjoy the whole process, I guess you would say. So for me, that's the main goal, is just to enjoy it. I know if I'm enjoying it, they're enjoying it. We'll have some good success on the racing side of things.
[00:26:11.660] - Dave
That's the immediate future. Thinking about the distant future, you went to UK, to the Vet Motocross donations, which I think is a gateway to vintage racing. You might be one of those guys who catches the bug, I don't know. But is there vintage racing or possibly Vet racing in your future? Because a lot of guys your age and a little bit older that were former champions like to maybe go back to Loretta's, go back to the ranch eventually. Is that something maybe in the back of your mind?
[00:26:37.920] - Steve
Yeah, I would love to go back to Loretta's. I'm not sure that my wife will be that keen on it after this year at GNCC tenure at 35 or whatever, I'll be, so we'll see. I owe a lot of this opportunity to her. They've been at home for a whole year. They've got a routine with school and with all the things, and now I've taken this job and disrupted it. So the next chapter after this one is going to be their decision.
[00:27:03.870] - Dave
Make sure you remind her that they do take a break in GNCC in August for a reason, because MX Sports is pretty busy that time of year.
[00:27:11.760] - Steve
Just for that reason, right?
[00:27:13.120] - Dave
Yeah, exactly. So there's always that opportunity. If you decide to roll the dirt bikes down to Tennessee, man, you can always do it.
[00:27:18.830] - Steve
Yeah, you never know.
[00:27:19.820] - Dave
You got to lobby her on that. I can't help you there, man. That's just the way it goes.
[00:27:24.000] - Steve
I'll tell her you said so.
[00:27:25.140] - Dave
Yeah. There you go. The guys that Pit Pass Moto see, I have to go to Loretta. Zach, we can't thank you enough. We really appreciate you taking time to spend with us today, man. It's been great. And congratulations on your new deal. Congratulations on being a dad again. That's cool, too. But if you want to take these last few minutes, because I did want to ask you about sponsors and anybody you want to give a shout out to, now would be the time to do it.
[00:27:48.300] - Steve
Yeah, I mean, just I want to say thank you to Randy Hawkins, the owner of Ampere Yama and the perfector connections for kind of pulling this deal together. For me, it's really cool at this stage in my career, like I said, for them to be fully on board with taking me racing and also fly for sticking around, staying on board with me. We've got a long standing relationship, I think, like eight years now and looking forward to the future with them. And, yeah, again, my wife are just kind of supporting me through this next adventure and looking forward to it.
[00:28:21.120] - Dave
Awesome. And the best place to find is that on social media so people can check you out and check out your results this year.
[00:28:27.140] - Steve
Not super active on social media. I'm kind of a slack here when it comes to that, but Instagram is probably the most active place for me at @zacho_16.
[00:28:37.510] - Dave
Awesome, man. We will definitely send people there, and hopefully I'll see out at the GNCC. I usually catch a few and I'll make sure I stop by and say hey. But definitely good luck, man. Thanks. Thanks again for coming on the show today.
[00:28:49.050] - Steve
Yeah, thank you guys for having me. Anytime. I really appreciate it.
[00:29:04.990] - Dave
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[00:29:27.100] - Dale
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[00:29:36.640] - Dave
And I'm Dave Sulecki. See you next week on Pit Pass Moto.