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Shane Watts to race in the West and have more school dates

DMX recently had the opportunity to interview Shane Watts - an off-road riding whiz and very winning rider. He's going to be doing some racing in the Canadian Enduro Championship series and is signed up for the Alberta rounds.

His off-road riding school sessions are increasing in popularity in the US and he's still offering some dates in Canada; operating out of the Ganaraska forrest in Ontario.

Press Release:

Shane Watts is a legend. He’s won the overall at the ISDE on a 125. He has an AMA GNCC title and once holeshot a WORCS race on a 200 two-stroke against a gate full of 450Fs. He has an FIM World Enduro Championship title and an Australian National Motocross title. Yes, the man from OZ has done it all. I’ve met Watts a couple times, the latest one a couple years ago when I coerced Derek Schuster into racing the Unadilla GNCC. We were pitted beside him, and he was patient enough to put up with our barrage of stupid questions and chronic tool and zip-tie mooching.

The funny, friendly rider has busted himself up over the years but kept bouncing back. His last crash was serious though, and his fans feared he was down for the count. Then news trickled in that Watts had signed up to race the two Alberta rounds of the 2010 Royal Distributing/Parts Canada Canadian Enduro Championship. I caught up with Watts for a phone interview while he was driving down I-95 on his way to Florida to discuss the Canadian races and his DirtWise riding schools.

DMX: Shane, first things first. How are you doing?
Shane Watts: Everything is going good Dan, I’m just trying to get better. These things take time, but I’m riding again and it feels good. With more time on the bike and some more rehab it will keep getting better. My back will never be like what it used to be, sort of like the rest of my body…we all have our permanent injuries. You just deal with them and move on.

If you don’t mind me asking, how exactly did you get hurt?
It was just a small, dumb crash. It was a small drop-off and the engine stalled on me. I was only going five miles an hour and the front end dropped straight down into a three- metre deep creek bed and I went straight over the handlebars. The bike drilled me in the back and broke five vertebrae. They ended up fusing six of them together, making them rock solid in somewhat the right position. I went and saw the doctor the other day and he gave me the green light, so I’m good to go.

It’s awful to say this and it’s terrible you got hurt, but you were lucky…
Ya, it could have been way worse…but then again it didn’t have to be that bad!

So lets talk about Canada. You signed up to race the Alberta CEC rounds?
It looks now like I will be racing both the Alberta and British Columbia Canadian Enduro rounds. I’ll be doing the Saturday and Sunday races in each Province plus teaching my DirtWise schools on Thursday and Friday. It should be a good time.

That’s great news. Hey, in between races Guy Perrett invited me for a trail ride. You in?
For sure! Yeah, I plan on doing some trail riding during the week in between the races and my schools. I don’t plan on sitting beside a lake and fishing, I’m going up there to go trail riding! I’ve been in Kamloops before with Guy Perrett and it was just sensational. So I’m really looking forward to going back there. I’ve heard about Alberta too, so I am really exciting about not only doing my schools and racing there but taking the time to do some awesome singletrack riding.

Before I forget, I shot you an email this morning about the Xtinction Extreme Enduro in Alberta this August…
I heard something about that, but with all the schools my schedule is so full. Pretty much every day of 2010 I have accounted for.

How have your DirtWise schools been going?
The schools are going ballistic here in America! There are 50 States and only 52 weeks in a year. I have to make sure I put my schools in the right spots, especially when I am doing a few up in Canada as well. The demand is huge…I wish there were two or three of me! I’ve been doing the schools up in the Ganaraska forest North of Toronto for the last couple years and it’s always a really good time. There is great terrain up there and it’s always nice to hang out and meet everyone.

Will you be racing any GNCCs in the ‘States this season?
I’ll be doing the first two GNCCs, but they will basically be the last two that I do. I’ve moved on now and schools are my focus. I’ll be riding some AMA National Enduros and those Canadian ones out West, but I just don’t have time to train enough to be at the top level to race the GNCC series and run my schools The GNCCs I ride will just be for fun with my friends and that’s it.

We’ll look forward to seeing you in Canada this summer. But in the meantime, be careful man!
No worries Dan, Take care and I’ll see ya in a couple months.



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