In this episode I chat with professional motorcycle road racer Braeden Ortt who races a Kawasaki ZX-6R in the Supersport class of the MotoAmerica racing series. The 19 year old racer will be entering his sophomore year of college in the Fall and continuing his major in Chemistry, with future plans to be a plastic surgeon. In the meantime he is racing in two motorcycle racing series as well as enjoying other outdoor sports like snowboarding, wake surfing and jet skiing. Braeden and I talk about motorcycle racing in general, and in particular some of the challenges of the Corkscrew at the Laguna Seca Raceway, including his recent crash there during Sunday qualifying. Braeden survived the crash relatively unscathed and walked away with minor injuries. He expects to be able to race in the next MotoAmerica round, August 10-11 in Sonoma, CA.
One of my goals in helping grow the sport of motorcycling, is to bring more attention to motorcycle racing, and in particular motorcycle racing in the US, with series such as MotoAmerica. Even if you don’t watch or follow motorcycle racing, or any form of racing, I think you will really enjoy learning from this amazingly talented and driven 19 year old racer from Canada. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I enjoyed doing it!
- Braeden Ortt
- Braeden Ortt Racing
- Kawasaki ZX-6R
- MotoAmerica Off Track Podcast
- American Federation of Motorcyclists (AFM)
- WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
- The Corkscrew at Laguna Seca
- Braeden's Crash in the Corkscrew (Note, it is a pretty violent crash)
- Dainese Smart Jacket
- Dainese D-Air Technology
- Helite Airbag Technology
- Classic “The Pass” when Alex Zanardi passed Bryan Herta in the Corkscrew
- MotoE bikes are so quiet that you can hear the knee sliders scrape on the track