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Meet Brody and Jonathon Johnson; The Future of GNCC

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A couple of days ago, I had the opportunity to chat with another set of brothers coming out of SC that have wrapped up there respective class championships in the GNCC series.  Meet Jonathon and Brody Johnson.  Two cool young men that will have long successful careers in offroad racing.  This had to be one of my most fun interviews that I’ve done.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed doing it.

Brody:  How old are you?  I’m 9 years old.

Jonathon:  How old are you?  I’m 15.

Brody:  So when did you learn to ride a dirt bike?  When I was 4 years, dad bought me a Honda 50 with training wheels.  At first I didn’t like it, but after I tried it without training wheels I liked it.

Jonathon:  So when did you learn to ride a dirt bike?  Dad got me a Honda 50 when I was 4.  I started riding it around the yard and from then on I was hooked.

Brody:  What are you currently riding?  I’m currently a KTM 65 and my number is 235.  I ride in the 7-9 65cc class

Jonathon:  What are you currently riding?  I’m on a KTM 105 for the nationals and race in the Super-Mini Class.  I just bought a KTM 200.  I’ve been racing it in the local series.  I like it pretty good I hurt my leg in the first SETRA I raced, but I finished overall B rider in the next two.  In Mid-East, I was overall B rider.

Brody:  Where was your first race?  At a North Carolina Hare Scramble on my Honda 50.  I finished 2nd.  I went down on the last lap.

Jonathon:  Where was your first race?  My first race was on a Honda 50 in the Mid-East Series.  I think I was crying on the line because I was afraid to get out dad’s sight.  The first ten races I ran were like that.

Brody:  What’s your favorite track?  Any track that’s fast and wide open.  (Laughs)

Jonathon:  What’s your favorite track?  My favorite track would have to be Big Buck.  It’s real close to the house, so it’s the same terrain we ride on here.  I feel real comfortable riding there, plus you got all the local fans pulling for us.

Brody:  Who’s your favorite pro rider?  All of them, but I would have to say Steward Baylor because he’s young, fast, and from South Carolina.

Jonathon:  Who’s your favorite pro rider?  It’s hard to pick because there’s so many of them.  One would have to be Steward Baylor because I’ve grown up riding and racing with him.  But I would have to say my favorite pro-rider is Paul Whibley.  He’s always consistent and he’s there at the end in contention for the win.  I think I’m a lot like him, he’s good under pressure and I’m the same way.

Brody:  How does it feel to win the GNCC 7-9 65cc championship?  Yeah, it feels great.  This is my first year competing in the GNCC series.  I’ve been on the podium every race and had seven out of ten wins.  My goal has always been to get my first GNCC championship before Jonathon.  He was eleven when won his first one. 

Jonathon:  So how does it feel to have won the Super-Mini GNCC championship?  It feels great, but I’m concentrating on winning the overall in the youth race.  There are three more races; if I can win overall all three races I have a good chance.

Brody:  What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not racing?  I would have to say fishing and hunting.  I like playing in the woods with my cousin too.  I killed my first deer last year

Jonathon:  What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not racing?  I definitely like to hunt and fish.

Brody:  What’s it like having a big brother that’s an awesome rider?  It’s pretty cool.  The faster he gets the faster I want to be.  The bad part is that I get all his left overs……

Jonathon:  What are your thoughts on Brody Winning his class in GNCC series?  I think it was great.  He beat me on the age thing but I’m hoping that’s the only thing he beats me at.  (Laughs)  All he does lately is walk around and say, “I’m Brody Johnson.”

Brody:  Does Jonathon help you to be a better rider?  Yes, when we’re riding I watch him and try to keep him in sight.  I watch what lines he takes and listen to his advice.  He is better rider plus he’s on a KTM 200 now and I don’t believe I can keep him in sight any longer.

Jonathon:  Who has been the biggest influence in your racing career?  I’d have to say my dad.  When I was growing up, I had opportunity to watch my dad and his brothers race.  I always wanted to be as fast as him and I think I have accomplished it.

Brody:  When do you think you will beat Jonathon?  When I get on a big bike I will definitely be faster than him but he doesn’t think so.

Jonathon:  Will Brody ever be able to beat you?  Ummm….. Hopefully not….. He’s been real good on the 65, but I guess we’ll have to see when he gets big enough for a big bike.  I know where he sleeps at night and I can help him if he starts to beat me. (Laughs)  I know where his bike stays at night too.

Brody:  Who would you like to thank for making this year possible?  I would like to thank God for keeping me safe, mom and dad for their time, Mama and Papa, Neely Racing, Bryan Easler Toyota, PG Graphics, Scott Goggles, Pit Posse, Outlaw Racing Products, MotorX USA, Leatt, and OffRoadViking.com for this interview and future youth videos!

Jonathon:  Who would you like to thank for making this year possible?  I would like to thank God for keeping me safe, Mom and Dad, Uncle Dennis and Mark, Mama & Papa Riddle, Neely Racing, Bryan Easler Toyota, Leatt, PG Graphics, MotorX USA, Outlaw Racing Products, A big thanks to Jason Raines, and OffRoadViking.com for the interview.




Big Thanks to Joyce Riddle for the photos

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