The wide-eyed, baby faced rookies are coming, that you can count on. At this very moment, the graduating class of 2011 is drinking raw eggs, pounding out early morning work outs, spinning off 100 mile road bike rides like it’s their job and putting in enough laps on whatever supercross track they can find to make your eyes bleed.
If you had a name in amateur motocross it’s safe to say that won’t have one any longer once you graduate. Got a few Loretta Lynn’s titles to your name? So does everyone else on the line at A1 or Atlanta. So you can forget brining your resume with you once the stadium lights turn on. No one cares. This is the pros, the place where rookies either make an impact early or enter into the nine to five world like the rest of us.
Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting some of the new faces that you can expect to see this supercross season. Last month we caught up with Justin Starling and Zach Freeburg and Gavin Faith. For this edition of Goin’ Pro we hooked up with California’s Tyler Bereman. One of the most likeable riders in the pits, Bereman is taking a different approach to the 2012 season. An approach that will see him both under the light of A1 and at various other amateur national events. Read on to find out more.
Name : Tyler Bereman
Hometown: Templeton, CA
Following a highly successful 2010 Loretta’s campaign, where he won a title in the College B/C class, Bereman decided to turn pro for his final amateur season. He had some strong performances, but a few injuries at the spring nationals hurt his chances of making an impact early in the season. Tyler’s results were solid throughout the remainder of the year, but weren’t enough to land him in the winner’s circle. A place that just so happens to be where the factories like to see you before signing a pro deal.
Not necessarily thrilled about the idea of coming back for another year of amateur racing, Tyler recently struck a deal with KTM for a program that is a little different than most other deals we’ve run across. “I hooked up with Michael Sleeter a while back and we just started talking a lot,” said Tyler. “We get along real well and he really wanted me on a KTM for 2012. I wanted to turn pro and he wanted to see me finish out one more amateur season, so we came up with an agreement that said I could ride the West Coast Lites series in supercross and then come back and race at least four amateur nationals in 2012. The deal works because supercross points don’t count towards your amateur status like outdoors do. I’ll get the best of both worlds, really. I couldn’t have done any of this without Sleeter’s help and I am stoked he gave me the opportunity.”
Aside from racing Anaheim 1 and Loretta’s, Tyler also has plans to race the opening round of the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Outdoor series at Hangtown, as well. “I can race Hangtown and still keep my amateur status as long as I don’t earn 25 points. To earn those kinds of points in one race I would need to put in two top 10 moto scores. If that happens I think I’ll just go ahead and race the entire series (Laughs). Even if I don’t score 25 points at Hangtown, the plan is to race Loretta’s and then stick with the team for the last four rounds of the outdoor season,” explained Tyler.
So there you have it. Be on the look out for the #653 KTM pretty much everywhere there is a gate drop in 2012, because be it pro or amateur, chances are Tyler Bereman be there.