Rider Spotlight: Adam Bushman
NEWS July 12, 2012
Photo by Dave Hoenig
AMAP: Where are you from?
AB: I’m from Oak Creek Wisconsin. I was born and raised here. I still live in Oak Creek, but I have been staying in an apartment in Milwaukee for school. I just graduated college this past spring, so I’ll be moving back now. I now have a B.S. in Architectural Studies and got a job as soon as I got out of school. The one problem I had in college, was the my freshmen year, the same year I turned pro. It was tough balancing school, work and racing. It was a lot on my plate, but now that I’ve graduated, I have a lot clearer mind to put into racing and everything else.
AMAP: How did you get into riding motorcycles?
AB: My dad raced for 17 years before I was born. He held four national numbers and was pretty good back in the day. He got me into it, and I started riding at the age of four. I started ice racing at the age of nine. I didn’t start dirt tracking until I was 16. Most people turn pro as I was just starting, so I had a delayed start. I raced amateur for two years and went pro at 19 years old when I started college. It’s been AMA Pro Singles since then.
AMAP: Do you get to do any riding when you're not at an AMA Pro Race?
AB: This past winter, I won the Wisconsin Ice Racing State championships. I also raced the Triple Crown Snowcross series and placed second in it. Two years ago, I went to the nationals and placed pretty well. I go ice racing near my house and ride there every week during the winter. In the summer, I live nearby a motocross track, so I try to ride there when I can. I ride my bicycle to work every day, 15 miles each way. I have a lot of cross training that I do besides flat track.
AMAP: How do you feel like you’ve developed as a racer in AMA Pro Flat Track?
AB: Since I didn’t have a very diverse racing career as an amateur, running just local tracks in Wisconsin, I didn’t hit a variety of tracks until I started racing in AMA Pro Flat Track. That’s when I started traveling all over the United States to try out all the different tracks. There was a huge learning curve because Wisconsin only has a few clay tracks. The AMA Pro Racing circuit offers many different track layouts than just clay.
AMAP: What are your thoughts on competing in the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles class?
AB: Yeah, there’s definitely a lot of talent in the Pro Singles class. There’s a lot of competition in the class and every week, I feel like there’s someone new that is in contention to win the race. I think it’s more dangerous than the expert class because the riders are so young and less experienced. It’s definitely exciting, but can be dangerous.
AMAP: What track layout do you like? Miles & Half-Miles or TTs & Short Tracks?
AB: My dad always asked me that question, and I never could answer him. I like to ride all different types of tracks. Peoria is one of my favorite tracks along with Hagerstown and the Springfield Mile. I think it just comes down to a track being fast, fun and racy. I also prefer clay, banked oval speedways… That’d be my favorite track. Hagerstown fits the profile.
AMAP: What expectations are you setting for yourself for the rest of the season?
AB: I think at Hagerstown, I proved that I can get on the box and be competitive in qualifying, the heat races and main event. I just need to go to every race and make the least amount of mistakes as possible. That was my goal going into Hagerstown, to not make mistakes and focus on making the right moves. That’s what I did, and I did pretty well. I’d like to keep that attitude through the rest of the year, I can hopefully get within top-five in points.
AMAP: Are we going to see you at all of the events this year?
AB: I’m definitely going to try and make all the events. It all comes down to financial issues, so the last couple races this season will be hard to make, but I’m going to do my best to race them. I plan on making them all and will be preparing and training to win one as well.
AMAP: What’s it like to compete on a large scale with a team that might not have the biggest budget?
AB: I have a lot of support from friends and family that help me out. It’s tough, but gets us by until something better comes along.
AMAP: Our next event is the Sacramento Mile. Is that a track you’re excited to visit?
AB: Yeah, last year I qualified second there and was in fourth place for the main event. I made a mistake with five laps to go and finished 10th. I am excited to go out there and do better than I did last year.
AMAP: What draws you to the sport? The thrill, competition or the speed?
AB: I think flat track is more of a combination of all those things. You can’t have one thing without the others. The competition comes with the speed and the thrill, and the thrill comes with the competition and the speed. I think it’s all of them combined which makes flat track unique and why I love it.
AMAP: What’s your favorite motorcycle to ride?
AB: Since I started at 16 years old, I’ve been riding a Honda CRF450R. I’ve ridden other bikes, but the 450 has been my main motorcycle since then.
AMAP: Who’s your racing hero?
AB: I grew up watching Ricky Carmichael at young age. I didn’t start following flat track until later in my youth, so I’d say Ricky was my biggest inspiration. They said he couldn’t ride a 450 because he was too small, and he proved them wrong with his hard work and determination. He is one of my biggest inspirations.
Adam would like to thank his sponsors for their support: Midwest CNC | Powerbar | Diamond Industries | Al Muth Harley-Davidson | Freegun Underwear | Axel-Sports | Redlnes Cycles | Southeast Sales | Performance Cycle & Dyno | Wiseco | K&N | Race Tech | Decal Works | Hinson Motorex |The Even Family | The Wright Family