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|FMX am Luke Dolin is chasing his FMX dreams in 2012.|
18-year-old Luke Dolin is an up and coming amateur FMX rider that took the win at Twitch's recent RAD Awards contest in mid-December. Still psyched off the energy from the win, we recently caught up with Dolin to see what he's got in store for 2012. From learning flips to visiting the FMX mecca of Southern California, Luke Dolin has big plans for the new year. And he's only getting started.
ESPN.com: Luke Dolin, when is the last time you changed your air filter?
Dolin: Well now that you mentioned it, I cleaned it about two days ago, but I have not bought one for quite a while now.
So this is normally where I would ask you who Luke Dolin is, but we already know, you are the kid who ripped it at the first RAD comp. How does it feel man?
To tell you the truth it feels pretty amazing because all the hard work I've done on dirt bikes is finally paying off. That was my first stepping stone towards achieving my life long dreams, but I still have a lot more to accomplish. It has given me the opportunity to showcase what I have been working on. It also has driven me to learn more and more -- I plan on learning these fancy flip tricks people are doing these days.
Did you ever think you would win a comp like that and stand next to Jeremy Stenberg for a photo?
Standing next to Jeremy Stenberg was such a surreal experience it would have been hard to ever imagine. However, I am persistent in chasing my dream, so that I can accomplish my goals.
|With style and extension like this, Luke Dolin is destined for the FMX pro ranks.|
The nerves of riding any comp can mess with rider, but did having guys like Twitch and Potter there add to the stress level for you?
I would say yes and no. It was intimidating because these guys are as big as it gets and I look up to them -- and no because they inspire me and keep me driven.
Tell the readers about Twitch and what it meant having someone like him reach out to the up and comers of the sport.
Jeremy is a really down to earth person when he's not in the air. He is an easy guy to talk to and very approachable to anyone. I think for Jeremy to keep it going really shows his compassion for riding, and let's new FMX riders have an opportunity in this industry.
Describe the event in one word.
Are you in school, working, or just riding?
I'm 18 years old and just graduated high school. My plan is to get recognized by as many promoters as possible, hopefully get some sponsorships to help me out, and continue to ride successfully and to my full potential. I want to learn to flip this year. I would like to move to So Cal as soon as I make enough money and the opportunity presents itself.
Anyone you would like to thank?
I would like to thank everyone that told me to go to this contest and pushed me to do it! Also a huge thanks to the people that put on the show and sponsored it. Looking forward for the next one!
Last one: if you got to pick one rider to ride with and sleep on their couch for a week, who would it be?
It depends on who has the most comfortable couch. Honestly, there are too many to choose just one!