Jarrod McClure: Can-Am’s woods weapon
May 20, 2013
One of the top off-road racing series in the country, the AMA ATV Hare Scrambles National Championship Series attracts a lot of talent. Jarrod McClure, a 25-year-old racer from Kaska, Pa., has proven that he has the talent to make his mark in the series this year. He’s part of the JB Offroad/Can-Am team and his racing number is 5. After he won the opening round of the 2013 series, we asked him about the race and what makes him tick.
ATVAonline: Congratulations on winning the first round of the AMA ATV Hare Scrambles National Championship Series on March 24 in Berwick, Pa.
Jarrod McClure: Thank you very much. The first round came close to home for me and was held at Evansville MX track, which is a very fun, and familiar, track for me. It was an exciting race on a near-perfect track.
At that time of year, usually everything is a muddy mess. But we had a super-nice day and 20-plus riders actually showed up. It felt great coming into the season on a new program able to pull off the win!
AO: Who do you see as your toughest competition in the series this year and why?
JM: This series generally attracts more of the top pros along with some fast guys from up in New York, so any of those guys showing up can make it tough. And second-place finisher Landon Wolfe can put some good laps in as well.
AO: What quad are you racing and how do you feel about it?
JM: I am racing a 2012 Can-Am DS 450. It has been modified with JB Racing and Fox suspension, and Thomas Modifications motor package. This ATV is all new to me this year, and I am beginning to feel comfortable on it. This machine has a lot of new technology built into it, which I think scares people, but it is a very easy to ride and a well-handling package.
AO: How long have you been racing?
JM: I have been racing since I was 15, which would be about 10 years now, and I’ll tell you, I am still learning out on the track. I’ve never actually won any championships but I was always a top-five finisher in the classes I rode and I was just eager to get to the pro level.
AO: How did you spend the off-season?
JM: I stayed home in Pennsylvania for most of the winter. I work at Bowers Motorcycle Supplies as a mechanic when I am not racing. I tried to ride/race when the weather permitted, and hit the gym hard doing my routines from MotoProTraining.
AO: What do you do in your free time unrelated to ATVs?
JM: I have a bunch of hobbies. I swear, I never sit still. I do a lot of mountain biking and whitewater kayaking. And now I spend as much time as I can playing with my crazy dog, Honda.
AO: Who did you look up to growing up and why?
JM: I would have to say my dad. I swear, he could fix anything!
AO: Who are your heroes in the ATV world?
JM: I always like to think of the guys like Doug Roll and Mike Hallock. These guys are some of the first to develop aftermarket chassis and suspension. They really helped the sport evolve, and it has been awesome being able to work with guys like that.
AO: Who would like to thank?
JM: Can-Am, BRP, JB Racing, Arai, Precision, Powermadd, Fox Shox, SSI Decals, Motoworks, Outerwears, Evans coolant, Liquid Performance, DWT wheels/tires, Lazer Star, Renthal, Rath, Cheerwine, Maxson Construction, Hinson, XPS, MotoProTraining, Bowers Motorcycle, Thomas Modifications, HRP Sports, Atvriders.com and Twin Air.
AO: How long do you plan to race ATVs?
JM: As long as it stays fun and I can afford to do it!
AO: What advice would you give a young racer who wants to be like you?
JM: Always do things for the right reason. I race because I love doing it, it makes it a lot easier to put in the time training and all the work during the week to get ready. Stay dedicated and determined and you can do anything!