Pro SX racer Cade Clason has had quite a busy career as of late. In 2017, he had a great AMA Supercross season as he grew his popularity and fanbase ten-fold and raced in several main events. Not bad for a privateer racer. For 2018, Cade has some new ventures that he is embarking on. We caught up with Cade to get the inside dirt on his career to date along with where he is taking things for 2018 and beyond....
Hey Cade! For those out there who may not be as familiar with you as others, tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m 23 years old, I grew up racing and going to school in Ohio, but for the last several years I have been living down in South Carolina. I have raced dirt bikes basically my entire life, but I also enjoy golfing, fishing and being around friends. I recently got engaged also, so there is plenty going on in my life.
How did you get started in the sport?
Well my parents were horse trainers and I grew up on a farm. One of their client's sons raced and I had a bike and got invited out to go riding with them and basically have been hooked ever since.
Tell us about the last few season as a privateer?
Honestly, some people think that being a privateer is the worst thing ever and for me it really isn't. Obviously, being on a big team with a lot of money makes everything way easier, but being a privateer is something special that I don’t think some of the factory team guys really know what it is like. Its harder yes, money is always tight and you don’t always get or have everything you need. But while doing it, you make amazing friends and meet so many people that you would never get to if you were on a big team. You get to interact with fans and sponsors more and thats why I think so many people have a different kind of respect for privateers. But for me, I can’t say that I have had any issues with it. I have almost always had great people behind me that wanted to see me succeed as much as I did so that was what was important.
You’re pretty popular around the pits with riders and fans. What can you attribute to your popularity within the sport?
Honestly, I have no idea. I feel like when Alex Ray and I became such good friends and we started doing everything and going places together. People really started to notice us both and it grew both of our images. We both like meeting new people and talking to fans so that might be part of the reason because some people just don’t take the time to do those things and its really important.
It’s no secret that you’re sitting out a few seasons due to some issues with the FIM and AMA. Can you give us your 2 cents on where that all stands?
Honestly, I can’t right now, basically we have made some head way with the situation and getting it some what straightened out, but nothing great or set in stone. I should know more in the next couple of weeks…… hopefully.
Since then you have gotten yourself into a pretty sweet new gig with FXR Racing, can you tell us about it?
Yeah, Its something I actually have really been enjoying. I get to go to different types of FXR events and races or photo shoots and basically be a rep for them. I bring stuff to the races for guys and help out two of our head guys at the office to take a little bit of stress off them. Its just something fun to get my foot in the door and experience new things so It is actually really cool and I can’t thank them enough for the opportunity.
How does your experience in the sport help you in this new role?
I have spent a few years around this sport racing and I have dealt with a lot of good and or difficult people. Learning from those people/situations and putting my experiences into place I just hope to help and treat the guys at the races the way that I would have liked to be treated. We have a lot of riders that I am really close with so it is fun to go and help them succeed.
Tell us a bit about a few things that you’ve learned in this new role that you didn’t expect to or that surprised you.
Some guys just love complaining. I always thought it was just Alex (Ray), but some people are almost as bad.
What are your plans or goals for the rest of the year?
Well, I am planning on heading back to Canada to race this summer, so I just started training again for that. Besides that, not a whole lot. I’ve been taking some college courses online so that takes up some of my time and I also love hiking so I want to go on another trip somewhere out west this fall!
Where do you see your career going in the future?
With all that is going on with me right now its hard to say. I would love to say I will be racing supercross for the next 10 years, but I have no way to back that up. I would love to get a job in the industry doing something, but like I said I am still so in the dark about my future with racing it is hard to be sure about anything and what direction I am heading.
As for racing up north in Canada, what are some of the major differences between the Canadian series races and the US series races?
Well with the new series that is starting up there this year it will be a complete reset, but it is just so laid back up there. Everyone is so friendly and helpful it makes it a lot of fun to be around. For myself, it is really competitive with more people my speed. I can contend for podiums and top 5’s so it really gives me realistic goals to work towards!
Cade has a lot of cool things going on in 2018. He's a great example of the awesome opportunities that are available within the sport after racing is over or when you are ready for a change. Following your interest and passion can really lead you down some fulfilling and rewarding paths. What opportunities and positions in the sport would YOU want to take on? To follow along with Cade's journey and to stay up to date on his latest ventures be sure to follow him on social media. Stay tuned for more in-depth articles and stories centered around the sport and the people who dedicate themselves to it.