This installment of TCE “Check-In” features Rockwell Racing’s newest recruit, amateur phenom Jon-Jon Ames. Jon-Jon has had an up and down professional career to date and is looking to ride to his fullest potential in the upcoming 2019 Supercross season. With the help of the Rockwell Racing team, Jon-Jon hopes to score himself a few top 10 finishes and possibly a top 5 with some added confidence and added seat time on his new Yamaha YZ-250F. Can Jon-Jon put together a successful year and put himself and Rockwell Racing on the map? We think so! We reached out to Ames to get his feedback and answers from a set of rapid fire questions…
For those out there who may not be too familiar Jon Ames, give us a a brief introduction about yourself...
My name is Jon Ames or most commonly known as Jon Jon. I live in Colorado, but I am from Arizona and will be racing the 2019 Supercross season.
How did you get your start in racing?
I got my start in the sport by just finding some old motocross videos when I was about 4 and instantly knew that I had to do this.
What kept you interested and motivated over the years?
I’m not the kind of person you really have to keep motivated. I love going fast so if I have to workout 4 days a week and bike ride 100 miles just so it makes me go faster, then I won’t hesitate to do so.
Tell us a bit about your run through amateurs. What were some of your best races?
Amateurs were real up and down for me, but I had some good races. Some of the highlights were winning 2 Loretta Lynn championships along with winning Mini O’s in Florida and the Spring classic in Texas.
Which amateur national race was your favorite and why?
My favorite amateur race was probably the Spring Classic at Mill Creek. I loved the track so much and always had great results there.
What was the transition to the pro's like for you?
It was a little shocking, but I adapted quickly I’d like to think. I’m still trying to get some stuff figured out, but we are working on it everyday.
Name one thing that most people don't know about the switch to pro racing.
The intensity! Every lap you have to put it all out there and if you can’t then you're not going to even come close to a good finish.
Take us through the 2018 season and the crash you suffered early in the season.
Well, 2018 was definitely rough. It started at the Red Bull Straight Rhythm event where I had a practice crash resulting in a broken left femur. It was no big deal I just healed as quickly as I could. I had 3 weeks on the bike then I went to Dallas feeling good actually. I got off to a great start in the heat then got a bit tight unfortunately. I had one lap to go and In the last turn got pushed off the track resulting in a head on collision with another rider and I fractured my left femur again.
What has the rehab been like?
Rehab was rough, but nothing we all haven’t done before. I always make sure when I come back from an injury stronger than when I was healthy.
How was your first ride back?
My first ride back I just relaxed and didn’t worry about anyone or anything and I just took my time, but don’t worry I still love going fast.
What are your plans and goals for 2019?
Goals are to ride loose and get the starts that I always get and ride with the top guys for as long as I can. Knowing you can race with those guys is half the battle.
Where can everyone find out more about you and follow along your season?
Everyone can find out how I’m doing on my social media like Instagram - jonames_179
With the upcoming season quickly approaching we’re excited to see riders like Jon Ames make their mark and put in the work to have a successful 2019 Supercross campaign. Who do you think will have a stand out year? Drop us a line and let us know what you think.
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