Filled with an obvious passion for the sport he loves, AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National racing ace Mikey Avila has already begun to carve out an enviable reputation, not just for his skill and talent aboard two wheels, but also for his determination, dedication and hard work. Totally committed to always doing his very best, this is indeed a young man on his way to the top.
A native Californian, Avila, who hails from Madera, has been riding since he was three years old and racing since the tender age of four.
"My dad bought me a motorcycle for my third birthday," he explains with a smile. "It was love a first sight and I pretty much took to it like a duck takes to water. I ran my first race when I was four and took the win. The more I raced, the more I loved it. In short, I was hooked and knew that I wanted to become a professional racer."
Climbing the ladder of success, Avila continued to fine tune his two-wheeled skills earning numerous victories and accolades along the way. Taking 3 regional championships and 3 national championships at the age of 16, Avila also received the AMA Dirt Track Horizon Award presented annually to the rider showing the most promise for success in the pro ranks.
Turning pro in 2010, Avila competed in the AMA Pro Grand National Singles and scored three podium finishes and 8 top five finishes, ending the season in third overall in the point standings. Last season, again running on the Pro Singles, he earned six Grand National Pro Singles victories and finished second in the standings.. This year, flying the SDI Insulation banner, he has moved in the AMA Pro Grand Nationals Championship.
"It has often been said that some people are born with racing in their blood and that definitely seems to be true for me," says Avila. "It is certainly my entire focus and I am determined to succeed. Some of the best known racers in the world are from California. Champions like Kenny Roberts, Gene Romero, David Aldana, Ricky Graham, Chris Carr and Jimmy Filice to name just a few. To have my name associated with these greats would be a ream come true."
Off the track, Avila enjoys riding motorcycles, traveling, training, miniature golf, bowling, hanging out with his friends and family, watching sports on TV and working for SDI Insulation as an installer.
"I really consider myself very lucky," says Avila. "My family is behind me all the way. I am doing what I love and SDI Insulation has given me an incredible chance this year. Not everyone has an opportunity like this and I an determined to make them all proud."
One of the most determined and dedicated young men on the AMA Pro Flat Track circuit today, Avila’s desire to do well and to learn everything possible about his chosen career is evident. He is well liked and has earned the respect of his sponsors, fellow competitors and is a favorite with the fans. Mikey Avila is well on his way to becoming one of the top riders in the industry.
More Personal Facts
More Personal Facts
Favorite Food: Pasta
Favorite Beverage: Water
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Type of Music: Rap, Rock, Country
Greatest influence on Life: My dad, he's taught me everything I know
Hobbies: Training, Riding, Traveling
I couldn’t live without: My iPhone
My priorities are: Gain as much exposure possible, and put in some good results this year.
Other sports you enjoy: Football, Hockey
Qualities you admire: Honesty, determination
Pet Peeves: people who chew with their mouth open
Favorite Movie: Forest Gump
Favorite TV show: Two And A Half men
Favorite Gadgets: GPS, iPhone, Lap Top
Most Memorable Moment: Making the Expert Main in Pomona
Long time goals: Win a Grand National Championship and hopefully do some road racing
Occupation: Pro Racer and Installer for SDI Insulation