Rider Spotlight: Corey Alexander

NEWS February 23, 2012

Rider Spotlight: Corey Alexander

Photo by Brian J. Nelson

AMAP: So you just finished testing the new National Guard Fairhills Group Celtic Racing Suzuki at Jennings GP.. How did it go?
CA: It went well! It started raining right as we were finishing up. We just got new motorcycles from Suzuki, so it was more of a shakedown than anything else. We didn’t have any issues, which is always a good thing. A few weeks ago I dislocated my kneecap so I’m still struggling with that. I’m really happy though, we went faster than we did last year before the start of the season. Going into Daytona, it’s a big confidence booster.

AMAP: How did you separate your knee cap?
CA: Laughs. It was a pickup basketball game at the gym. I jumped up for a layup and bam, my knee cap popped out.

AMAP: You like basketball? What’s your favorite team?
CA: I’m from New York, so the Knicks for that reason. But, I like the Chicago Bulls because of their history, plus Michael Jordan of course. I grew up playing team sports before I got into road racing so I still have some interest in other sports. I didn’t actually start racing seriously until I was 13 or 14 years old. I still played baseball, basketball and lacrosse up until then.

AMAP: What part of New York are you from?
CA: I’m from Carmel. It’s about an hour and a half from New York City. I live in more of the suburbs, not the boroughs of NYC.

AMAP: What was your first motorcycle?
CA: It was a Suzuki JR50 that I got on my fifth birthday.

AMAP: How did you get into racing?
CA: It’s kind of a family thing… My Uncle Richie and father raced, plus my family owns a dealership (Hudson Valley Motorcycle), so it started out as hobby and something that I did on the weekends for fun. I got into road racing when the Red Bull Rookies Cup came around in 2008. I didn’t do as well as I wanted, but since then I’ve used those experiences to progress as a rider to the point where I am now.

AMAP: Last season, you got your first win at Miller Motorsports Park. How did that feel?
CA: It was unexpected! The rain gave me an advantage I didn’t know I had. It didn’t kick in until long after the race was over.

AMAP: You’re 6’2”.. can you tell us the benefits and drawbacks to being as tall as you are when racing against others that aren’t as tall as you?
CA: It’s tough all around, besides being able to have more weight distribution in places other riders don’t and being able to leverage that in some other areas. I would like to say that if I wasn’t so tall, I wouldn’t be so skinny, but I probably would be anyways laughs It helps staying thin, but as far as riding goes, the negatives are more prevalent than the positives. We’ve tried some things for it to be easier to fit on the bike but overall it’s just something I’ve had to adapt to. It’s definitely tough, especially with a knee injury!

AMAP: Out of all the motorcycles you’ve ridden, what’s your favorite?
CA: My National Guard / Fairhills Group / Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R600. It’s a great bike for me even right off the bat as I’ve noticed over these two days testing. Plus, the 2012 paint scheme is going to be the best looking in the AMA Pro paddock for sure. Unfortunately, you can’t see it until Daytona!

AMAP: What’s your favorite racetrack?
CA: I like Miller Motorsports Park, for obvious reasons, but it’s fast, flowing, and smooth which is my kind of style. I didn’t like Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca until recently but since then I have to say it’s a really fun track. I’ve also been riding at Jason Pridmore’s Star School at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway. Although AMA Pro doesn’t go there, it’s definitely a fun track.

AMAP: What draws you to the sport? The thrill, competition or the speed?
CA:It’s more of a passion than anything. I’m happy anytime I’m riding a bike. From a road racer’s stand point, there’s nothing else out there that gives you that feeling. It can’t be replicated, so that’s a big part of it. Also, when you work towards being successful and then you start seeing those successes, it definitely keeps you wanting to come back for more.

AMAP: What are your expectations going into 2012 with the National Guard / Fairhills Group / Celtic Racing team?
CA: The National Guard and my other sponsors have given me a great opportunity to succeed. My goal is to give them a great return on their investment and do as well as I can. I want to win races and take the championship. Our biggest goal as a team is to win the championship before moving up to the next class.

AMAP: Being as young as you are in the series, how hard is it juggling racing life, high school and family life when competing at such a high level?
CA: That’s something the National Guard has supported me with tremendously. They’ve recognized I’m still in school and see it as a big plus for my career. Balancing everything is tough and hard to work around, but I see the positives as I close in on graduation. There are some things you don’t experience when being home schooled or not attending school at all. I know for me, attending high school whiling balancing the racer lifestyle will benefit me in the long run.

AMAP: Do you plan on attending college?
CA: Right now, it’s all about how well this year goes. I would like to go to college, but it’s tough to balance racing and schooling. Time will tell!

AMAP: Who would you like to thank?
A big thanks to all my sponsors: National Guard, Fairhills Group, Celtic Racing, Orient Express Racing, Suzuki as well as everyone at Michael Jordan Motorsports, Spidi Leathers/XPD Boots, Arai Helmets. I can’t forget my mechanics Barry, Tim, and Mike. Jason Pridmore he’s really helped my capabilities as far as riding my motorcycle. Most importantly, my family and my Uncle Richie, he’s the reason I’m even riding a roadrace bike!

Click here to check out photos of Corey from the 2011 AMA Pro Flat Track season

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