Amateur Spotlight | Cameron Skaalerud
April 28, 2017
by Dawn McClintock
We check in this week with young, fast, up-and-comer that hails from Minnesota, Cameron Skaalerud. He’s got some big plans for this summer and we caught him in between Loretta Lynn qualifiers.
Name: Cameron Skaalerud
Race #: 229
Hometown: Waconia, Minnesota
Bike: Kawasaki Supermini, Yamaha YZ125
Classes Racing: Supermini, Schoolboy 1, 125 B/C
School Grade: Grade 7
Hey Cam, you finally getting some good riding weather back home?
Yeah, it’s tough in Minnesota in the winter but the tracks are coming around!
Last we saw you was at the RC Amateur Supercross at Daytona. What have you been up to since then?
We’ve been travelling south to train and I’ve been getting used to the 125 bigger bike.
What sort of off-season training do you do?
I do swimming and crossfit during the off-season.
How old were you when you started racing?
I started racing snocross when I was 5 and I started motocross when I was 7.
What is your favourite track?
It’s tough to pick just one but I’d probably say Millville.
Who would you say is your main competition?
We have a lot of fast guys but Jayden Clough comes to mind first.
What sort of training do you do during the week?
I do mainly crossfit and road bike for training.
What’s your least favourite part of bike maintenance?
I actually really like to work on my bikes.
What fun outdoor activities do you do in the off season?
I enjoy ice biking and I love to ice fish.
Do you have an all-time favourite rider you look up to?
I’ve had the pleasure of working a lot with Henry Miller, so I’d probably say him.
What is your plan for this coming season?
Right now I’m trying to qualify for Loretta Lynn’s but I’d like to win a championship in my own district.
Is there one particular event you look forward to racing the most?
Hands down, Mini-O’s!
Who is in your regular pit crew?
My mechanic Josh, my dad, mom and brother Chase.
Where do you see yourself in another 10 years?
I’d like to be racing at the highest level and wouldn’t mind taking a rip on a Pro Open Mod Sled.
If you could give a younger rider who is just starting out one piece of advice, what would that be?
Work hard and keep it fun!
Do you have any pre-race/start gate rituals you have?
I like to be the first one in staging.
Do you have any other big US races planned?
I plan on doing Ponca, Baja Brawl, Mini-O’s and hopefully Loretta Lynn’s.
Who are your sponsors?
FXR Racing, Spy Optic, Unlimited Motorsports, Bell Helmets, Leatt, BDMX, Pro Circuit, Plainview Powersports and Ogio.
Ok, thanks for catching up with us Cam and all the best for your 2017 season.