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Connor Giardina

Dealer Supported Amateur

Sponsors: Troy Lee Designs, Pro Circuit, Maxima Oils, Sierra Cycles, Sunshine Braking, Factory Edge, Hendricken Motorcross Training, Greg Schnell, Russell Hacker with Tucker Rocky Distributing

birthdate:
6/3/1999
birthplace:
Amado, AZ.
height:
4'1
residence:
Amado, AZ.
weight:
90 lbs.

How did you get into motocross?
I started riding on my dad’s motorcycle at 6 months. He would hold me in front of him. I have been on a bike ever since.

How old were you when you started riding?
3 years old.

Where did you grow up?
Amado, AZ.

How did you first get introduced to TLD and/or Troy?
I first met John Barry from Russell Hacker, a Tucker Rocky distributor.

How long have you been riding for TLD?
I have been with TLD since 2006.

Which TLD products are you using?
Pistonbone, Malcom Smith & Hill Helmets, Voltage and History Gear, Shock Doctor Chest Protector, Roost Guard and Protective Pants, Wheeled Gear Bag and any youth clothing / hats I can get.

Do any riders influence or inspire your style?
Ricky Carmichael, Ryan Villopoto and Jeremy McGrath.

What do you like to do when you're not riding?
I like to ride my mountain bike, my pit bikes, play basketball, camp, fish and hang out with my family and friends.

What bands/music are you into?
I like a little of everything.

List 3 goals you have for the upcoming season:
1. Win a national title.
2. Move to the next “level” speed & mentally.
3. To be in the top 10 in 12-13 age group as a 12 year old.

List a few highlights of your career:
-Winning a qualifier race at World Minis in 2007 on a 65.
-3rd at Branson in 2007.
-4th in the KTM Challenge at Anaheim 3 in 2007.
-Finishing 8th at Loretta’s in 2011.
-Meeting all the great people I have met in the industry.

What's your favorite race/event and why?
I would have to say Loretta’s. It takes so much to get there and it’s so worth it when you are there!!

What's your idea of an epic day riding?
Waking up to it snowing and riding all day! I did it the winter of 2010. It was so much fun!

What's the best thing about being a motocross athlete?
Competing.

If you weren't a motocross athlete, how would you want to spend your time?
I would be a cyclist.

If you were running things, what would you change about the industry?
Everyone would have a factory ride, at different levels to offer.

Who would you like to thank?
God, Troy Lee Designs, Pro Circuit, Maxima Oils, Sierra Cycles, Factory Edge Motors, Hendricksen Motocross training, Schnell training, my mom and dad for always being there!

Any words of wisdom?
Always have fun!