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28Jessy Nelson

Team TLD / KTM

Team: TLD / Lucas Oil / Red Bull / KTM

Sponsors: TLD, Lucas Oil, KTM Red Bull, Adidas, Oakley, FenderĀ®, MavTV, GoPro

153 lbs
Templeton, CA
Paso Robles, CA
turned pro:
Eric Gass

How old were you when you started riding?
3 years old on and off. I began racing at 7 1/2 years old.

Where did you grow up?
Templeton, CA.

How long have you been riding for TLD?
Since 2010. 2012 is my first year at the pro level.

Which TLD products are you using?
Everything I wear is TLD. I'm a big fan of the sportswear and the GP gear.

Do any athletes/riders influence your style?
I've always looked up to guys like Travis Pastrana and John Dowd, and riders like Trey Canard. I've always admired Cole Seely, too, how he is on and off the track. And Ricky Carmichael is definitely up there, too.

What do you like to do when you're not riding?
I like mountain biking, hanging out with my buddies, fishing and I'm learning to surf.

What bands/music are you into?
I really like Rock music. Bands like Fall Out Boy and Green Day.

List 3 goals for the upcoming season:
1. Get good starts.
2. Finish in the top 10.
3. Don't get injured.

List a few highlights of your career:
2012 AMA Rookie of the Year.
2012 Oak Hill Amateur National - 250 Pro Champion / 250A Modified Champion / 450A Modified Champion
Getting the holeshot at my first SX race, A1 2013

What's your favorite race event and why?
That's kinda hard to say since I haven't done any SX races yet, but I'd have to say that out of all the MX races I did last season, Texas and Southwick were my best finishes so those would have to be my favorites so far.

What's the best thing about being a professional athlete?
Having a great team behind me to help me do what I love to do.

If you weren't a professional athlete, how would you want to spend your time?
I think I'd definitely still be riding, but I'd probably be going to school as well.

Who would you like to thank?
TLD, Troy, Tyler Keefe, all my sponsors, and my family for supporting me.