Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Dedicated...Tyler Enticknap.

Dedication, motivation and self worth are characteristics that drive professional athletes. Making it to the highest level of any sport is not an easy task by any means. 

Whether you're a full factory guy flying from round to round and testing at private tracks through the week or a privateer driving a vehicle to the race that just might not make the whole trip and needing to get home for a few days between rounds to work for enough money to race the next weekend, the dedication of a professional motocrosser is the none the less. 

Rewind 23 years to a hospital in California. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is where the third of four children was born in to the Enticknap family. A family parented by Adam Sr. and his wife Cheri. Tyler Enticknap is the youngest of a brother duo taking on supercross and motocross. At just 3 years old Tyler would begin riding and chasing the dream of becoming a professional racer.

Now living in Lompoc, California Tyler is living his dream. The Enticknap name has become known in the sport. An outgoing brother (Adam) who also races professionally and enjoys rapping about the sport has no doubt helped with recognition in the pits and a growing fan base. "Fans get him and I mixed up all the time." They both race Hondas, wear Fly Racing gear and Adam runs number 722 while Tyler is 723. 

Photo: Connor Moore
Tyler would prove his speed as an amateur making 4 trips to Loretta Lynn's with 3 top 10 overall results. In 2012 he'd win Moto 1 of the College B/C class and go on to 3rd overall. He'd go on to win the Open B class at Mammoth MX. In 2013 he'd be a top amateur guy. A 3rd at Mammoth in the 250 pro class put him on everyone's radar but a broken femur and neck while leading the Dodge Amateur National would put him on the sidelines. Staying healthy is a real struggle for all athletes and one that Tyler focuses on but knows "there are some times where it's out of your hands and shit happens."

Tyler would make his pro debut during the Vurb Classic in 2012 at Oatfield MX Park in Turlock, California and nowadays finds himself under the lights of supercross. This season he'd make 6 of the 7 night shows he attempted. Scoring as high as 7th in a semi qualifier in St. Louis. He'd suffer a wrist injury and look forward to some outdoor races. Racing the first 2 rounds of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships, Tyler qualified at both. At Hangtown 29-35 scores would give him 34th overall in the 450 class. Bettering his results at Glen Helen with 30-27 for 31st overall. 

There is nothing better than seat time to help a rider get comfortable behind the bars. Tyler is unreal to watch through high speed sections. His corner speed through wide open turns is a strong point to his program but admits that it's the tight turns that need some work. "Some days I look like a beginner in them."

It takes a lot of work to be a privateer. "I think it scares some people." Tyler invites the lifestyle. Working for his parents fence company and doing riding schools at their home track between racing. Offering group classes and one on one sessions. He also is a test rider for Dirt Rider Magazine. Through it all he stays laid back and just loves riding his dirt bike. He joked, "I'll do just about anything for the right price." It's all a step in the right direction for more in the motorcycle industry. 

Sponsored by Fly Racing, BTO Sports, TPJ, 7deucedeuce, ODI, Works Connection, Honda, Dunlop, Sunstar, Dirt Rider, Scott USA, PSE Racing, Magik, No Toil, Rekluse, Asterisk, Moto Tape, Bolt, Rec MX, Acerbis, Pro Circuit, Galfer, Taylor Selby, Clint Lund, Jim Castillo, Mom and Dad.

Tyler offers a special thanks to his trainer Taylor Selby and his mechanic Clint Lund. "I couldn't do it without these guys helping me out."

Photo: Connor Moore
Tyler Enticknap is dedicated to this sport. He races moto, teaches moto, and looks to continue being involved when his racing days are done. Tyler is the definition of privateer and an all around good guy. Find him in the pits with his crew, his brother Adam, Tank, Mo and Drake aka @champagne_frenchie.

#cheerprivateer for the 723

Follow Tyler on social media.
Instagram: @tylerenticknap723
Facebook Page: Tyler Enticknap 723

For more on his riding schools check the Facebook page or DM for info.

-Kyle Pesci

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