Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Ride, Record, Repeat...Jeff Walker

A friend from the baseball world told me “if you are not taking video regularly, you are wasting a huge opportunity to make improvements.” We are lucky to live in a time where there are great amounts of technology at our disposal that are aimed at training. Heart rate monitors, cameras and GPS devices such as the LITPro, Polar and GoPro cameras have all become the norm is motocross riding.

Ottawa Lake, Michigan native Jeff Walker is a privateer taking full advantage of the resources at hand. Entering his fifth year at the professional level, Walker is looking to build off of a career best season. The 23 year old has made a second home in Estero, Florida while attending Florida Gulf Coast University. Holding down a 3.8 GPA in Pre-Professional Biology and minoring in Chemistry keeps Walker busy. When he finds time to train and ride, it is often alone. This had him looking for advantages he’d be able to utilize himself.

Jeff Walker navigating the mud during the 2018 Ironman Pro National | Photo: Diffysmooth

Chasing a dream that began as a 4 year old kid on a Yamaha PW50 and grew as an amateur spinning laps on his favorite track, RedBud, Jeff wasn’t always the fastest Walker at the track. His brother Tim was leading the way before hanging up the boots to chase his love for aviation and begin a career with NASA. Jeff must have been watching big brother closely as he would quickly progress on big bikes. He’d work his way from a mid pack C rider to one of Michigan’s top A class racers.

With the launch of the latest GoPro model, it just made sense to have one as a training tool. “I could watch back some footage and see what I was doing right and where I could improve.” As riding footage piled up on his memory card, Jeff would post videos to his YouTube account before deleting so he’d still have them accessible. As YouTubers started searching riding videos, the Jeff Walker page was seeing more and more clicks. The number 841 Honda was gaining attention in a way that he had never imagined. Requests began to pour in for more videos and the page subscribers started to rise and rise. Recognition is one of the hardest things to get in this sport and for Jeff Walker it nearly happened over night. A Vlogger was born and  his page is now over 25,000 subscribers, while videos see views in the hundreds of thousands.

A familiar view from Walker's vlog 

Building off of 2018 and his 11th place Moto 1 finish at the Ironman Pro National, Walker has set his goals on racing the entire Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series in the 250 class. He’d like to prove his consistency as a top 20 guy and score enough points to earn a double digit number. Even with the aggressive nature of the 250 field, Walker looks smooth at speed. “I can push my edges while being in control and not getting sketchy.” It’s a strong suit that tends to remind you a lot of Kevin Windham or Cole Seely. 

You can follow Jeff Walker on Instagram @JeffWalker84 and of course subscribe to his YouTube at www.youtube.com/c/jeffwalkermx

Jeff Walker has figured out a niche that may have been missing from the sport. Yes other top riders like Adam Cianciarulo have taken to vlogging to give us fans a behind the scenes look, but Walker is nailing it with content that the weekend warrior riders and fans can relate to. His tech tips, consistent lap times and bike comparisons are great content. We urge you to #cheerprivateer for the number 841 Honda this coming season. Backed by Championship Powersports, Yoshimura, Bell Helmets, MGX Unlimited, Pro Taper, 100 %, MX Locker and Mobius Braces. Jeff Walker will be one to watch on YouTube and on the track! 


-Kyle Pesci
#cheerprivateer







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