Kelvin Townsend.. Keeping it real at CMH

MX Vice recently caught up with Kelvin Townsend while he was living the life in the good old US of A. Kelvin decided that it might be worthwhile to take a trip in the off season miss the snow, wind and rain and take up a place with CMH (California Motocross Holidays). For those not in the know, CMH is run by none other than Mikey ‘Top LAD’ Carter. I have to confess to getting quite drunk with Mikey at a Monster party once, he managed to drink the whole bar dry and was still stone cold sober! All jokes aside (Am I??) I got introduced to Mikey by the legend that is Ed Warren at last years GP and all I can say is what a top guy. He’s a Brit putting together an awesome package for us UK Motocross riders to experience how they do it in the US without you taking out a second mortgage. From the riders I have spoken to Mikey is about £1000 cheaper than any other Cali setup but doesn’t compromise on bikes or quality, something rare to find these days!

Any way,  Mr Townsend and MX Vice thought it would be cool to share some pics and his thoughts on CMH, the US and what his plans are for 2013.. So read on..

Kelvin:

Well what can I say? California is the place to be during those wet winter months! When I first got here I was welcomed to the house by Mick and the others. The house is incredible and perfect for the winter break, theres a pool table, many kits and helmets from pro riders around and also a huge tv with ps3 for us all to have a laugh. The first couple days were chilled and we headed to Anaheim on Saturday for the first round of the Supercross which was epic! A huge crowd erupted for the opening ceremonies I’ve never seen anything like it! The day after I got to ride at lake Elsinore which was a fun track! Fast and flowing with tables, triples, whoops and doubles. I was enjoying the sun for sure and took things easy as I’m here for a month and want to last. Monday was a day off so I got kit washed and ready for another day. We visited places like Pro Circuit, West Coast Customs, Troy Lee Designs, all of the Supercross test tracks and then we went go karting at pole position, a huge indoor place that was sick!

On Tuesday we headed to perris and on arrival it looked prepped real good, which meant one thing, RUTS!! It was a great fun track and we all had a good day in the heat! Wednesday we chilled, headed to the malls.

Thursday we went to milestone which was great as current points leader Davi Millsaps was training on the Rockstar Suzuki test track ready for Phoenix! I had a good time at that track, got some good riding in and had a blast!

Friday we were up early and headed off to Starwest, this track was so much fun! Rolling whoop sections, doubles, tables and sick berms! It was epic. Harri Kullas was here too training and looked fast.

Saturday I chilled and got a couple jobs done, took a run and done a bit of training in the sun which was nice. We then all had some food and sat on the sofa ready to watch Phoenix sx! Sunday was cool too, tommy Searle and jordan booker popped over and we had lunch. Monday I was up early to go ride milestone again which was fun. It’s just so awesome to ride here any day of the week. Mick at CMH (California motocross holidays) does a great job in running this holiday and if your thinking of heading out then I definitely recommend this trip! Watch this space for updates on my trip! Kelvin #111

On that note we’d thought Kelvin could answer a few questions.. 

MX Vice:
What was your reasoning for going ou to the US? Holiday, bike time, both etc?

Kelvin:
The reason for heading to America was purely and simply to get away from the rain of England and the constant mess you encounter, week in week out during the winter. Also the inconsistency of riding too, here I’m riding 4 x a week without fail.

MX Vice:
Whats been your 3 fav things about your trip to the US?

Kelvin:
My 3 favourite things about my trip are the weather, It’s perfect, watching 3 rounds of Supercross and of course riding!

MX Vice:
You had two choices, sort something out or get it organised..you went with CMH in the end?

Kelvin:
Yep, California motocross holidays ran by Michael carter. I contacted him and we organised my stay. It’s perfect, they do it all here for you and I just need to make sure I’m ready to ride. Which is different from the uk! The whole trip i payed for off my own back as i feel a sense of pride because ive had to earn that and want it, I had to work hard at home to save up the money but its been so worth it. I think if everything is handed to you you don’t appreciate things so much.

MX Vice:
Back to the UK scene, whats your thoughts on the MAXXIS lineup?

Kelvin:
The MAXXIS is so hard this year, you could definitely say someone in the top 8 or maybe 10 could win a race. For me this year I haven’t entered the MAXXIS I’ve decided to try something else. When you put it so much effort, time, money, dedication, blood, sweat and tears its frustrating that they dont take your entry and Last year I struggled to get in even after scoring points on quite a few occasions and I thought this year with more overseas riders its gunna be harder again so I’m looking at other things from the MAXXIS this year.

MX Vice:
MX Vice has come up with the fastest 40, with a support race for 30-40 MX1/MX2 Riders that dont make it. Do you think this would work?

Kelvin:
Yeah I think that could work. All riders get to ride and your best 40 are on the line in the main event.

MX Vice:
With other Championships like the Redbull Pro Nationals, British Masters and Phoenix Tools South West, there are great alternatives to the MAXXIS?

Kelvin:
Yep exactly, I’ll be racing the Phoenix tools South West Championship and also entered the Redbull Pro Nationals but don’t know if I’m in yet, its a great series and to be part of the Redbull Pro’s would be fantastic. The Redbull is the most talked about and series out there at present.

MX Vice:
Will you be back on the Suzuki once more?

Kelvin:
Again I’m on Suzuki 450 this year. I like the bike alot it handles well and has plenty of punch when you need it.

MX Vice:
Goals for this season?

Kelvin:
Goals for the season are to do my best in every race I compete in. Do my best for sponsors and people who help me. Hopefully it’s gunna be a good year!

Kelvin thanks for your time and sharing your experiences in the US, good luck for the new season from everyone at MX Vice!

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