Hey everyone, had a chance to talk with Greye Tate on his review of the FXR GEAR, and the Company because it is our team Gear starting in 2019 and hopefully continue for years to come. Here is a little Q&A we did with Greye. Hope you all enjoy! Thank you.
•How long have you been running FXR gear?
Exactly 2 years! I got it right before Mini O’s in 2016 and ever since then I’ve been extremely pleased!!
•How does it compare to other Gear Brands?
I honestly wouldn’t even compare it to other gear brands. The comfortability and quality are on another level from the gear I’ve worn in previous years.
•Is the company easy to work with?
The company is hands down one of the easiest companies I’ve dealt with in all the 15 years I’ve been riding/racing. Unlike other companies, it is very easy to contact them and get a quick response.
•Do they stay connected with their riders?
Yes, Andy White the brand manager flew out to Mini O’s to meet with many of the FXR athletes. I had the chance to talk with him for over an hour. Andy has so much knowledge in this industry; it was a pleasure to talk to him about it all!
•Is the gear comfortable to ride in?
I personally really like the Revo gear. It’s made of soft, stretchable, lightweight material made to fit perfect for the comfort of each rider. Not to mention, it’s extremely affordable when compared to other gear brands.
•How does it handle in the Summer months?
FXR has a gear-set called the Mission Air Mx made just for summer. It’s full-mesh polyester offers superior breathability!
•Is it a good quality gear?
It’s top quality gear to say the least. I was at a race in Pennsylvania that Travis Pastrana was holding and I fell on my footpeg which gave me one gnarly cut! I had to have 18 stitches put in my arm and guess what...my gear didn’t even rip! So like I said, it’s top quality!!
High Point 2018 was good as always, first moto I had a great start, then fell in the second corner. I think I was about 10th coming around the first lap..had some great battles with Brown and Brouder halfway through and charged my way back to 4th! Second moto I had a good start and was running 3rd, hit a little mud before the rollers and tipped over. Turns out 2 girls crashed right after I did so the two position I lost from falling, I gained right back. With 2 laps left Jordan Jarvis passed me and put me back to 4th for a 4-4/4th overall. Track and weather were perfect all day! It was good to be back racing on a national weekend
DOB: December 9, 1993
Hometown: Glidden, Wisconsin
Bike: KTM SX250
Sponsors: Bananza Plumbing, FMF, KTM, Father Backed Racing, Bell, Factory Connection, Motorex, Mika Metals, Works Connection, RD Designs, Speed Photography, Hinson, Pivot Works, DT1 Filters
Most professional women’s motocross riders come from California or Florida, states that allow riding all year long. Then there is Marissa Polencheck, a native from Wisconsin, who rode indoor tracks every winter to train instead of going south. Polencheck has held her pro-license since 2012 and has been living a gypsy motocross life since. From growing up in Wisconsin, to moving to Arizona for school, to Florida and California to train, it is hard to say where she wants to go next!
What got you started in racing?
I started riding and racing when I was 12. My friend had an xr80 that I rode and (I) fell in love with dirt bikes. My dad bought me one after seeing me ride it around our cabin, built us a track and we started attending local races.
In all of your travels, where has been your favorite place you have ridden?
My favorite place that I have ridden, oh man that is a very tough question! Redbud is always amazing, but there is a track in Brush, Colorado called Sweney Cycle Park. It has the best dirt in the world.
Since leaving Wisconsin what has been the biggest challenge with racing?
The biggest challenge with racing since I left Wisconsin is trying to make all of the races. Living in California now most of the WMX races are on the East Coast. Not being able to make a living off racing, we have to work too. It is hard to have a full time or even part time job, get the time off work, and travel across country to race.
Best travel memory from racing the WMX.
Best memory from racing has to be when Kylie Fasnacht and I traveled around the US in 2017 to race all of the WMX rounds. Her family was generous enough to let us take their motorhome and trailer across the country and hit all the rounds. We saw some cool places, got to see and stay with friends and family and made some darn good memories along the way.
Proudest moment from racing?
1000% when I got third at High Point in 2017 on Father’s Day. I could not have been happier to be on the podium for him on that day.
What is your training like?
My training is pretty simple; I love cardio and I love lifting weights. The details are a secret ;)
Goal for the season?
Goals for 2018 are to get more podiums, keep myself healthy and keep meeting great people!
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