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9Jared Mees

Flat Track

Team: Honda

Honeybrook, PA
155 lbs.

How did you get into motorcycle racing? And how old were you when you started riding?
My Father always wanted to race motorcycles and was never allowed to. When I was old enough to throw my leg over my PW 50 it went from there. Started riding at 5 years old.

Where did you grow up?
Honeybrook, PA

How did you get introduced to Troy and/or TLD?
When I was 17 years old I contacted Lotus at TLD and got something going there.

How long have you been riding for TLD?
5 years, going on 6

Which TLD products are you using?
I use the MX and Supermoto Pants and Jerseys, Gloves, Protective gear and casual stuff.

What do you like to do when you're not riding?
Go fishing, and work on my house.

What bands/music are you into?
Kid Rock, but I like everything.

List three goals you have for the upcoming season:
1.) To be successful race in and race out
2.) To learn something and put something new for every week
3.) Of course, be #1

List a few highlights from your career:
In 2007 I won three Grand Nationals in a row. Finished the year in 2nd place in the twins championship third in the singles championship. I won the Hot Shoe Championship in both the 450 and 750 class. I was rookie of the year in 2004.

What's your favorite race/event and why?
I like the Daytona short track event. I hate it and love it at the same time. Its just the season opener and everyone comes out with there guns loaded and it's a packed deal.

What's your idea of an epic day riding?
Deep wet cushion smooth cushion.

What's the best thing about being a pro rider?
The idea that you live your life on the edge and that you do it with style.

If you weren't a professional athlete, how would you want to spend your time?
Doing something in the Army, or Navy. I always thought it would be cool to help my country. I always thought it would be cool to try out and be a Navy Seal.

If you were running things, what would you change about the industry?
More coverage, especially in the dirt track area.

Who would you like to thank?
Everyone who has helped me live my dream and help me do what I do. There is so many people to thank out there, and of course the good Lord above.

Any words of wisdom?
Hard work pays off.