Rider Spotlight: Dustin Dominguez
NEWS May 10, 2012
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
AMAP: Where are you from?
DD: I’m from Newalla, Oklahoma. It’s pretty warm year around, so I get to do some supermoto riding at a go-kart track.
AMAP: What other types of motorcycle riding do you take part in to keep your skills up and stay in shape?
DD: In the off-season, I’ll get on my dirtbike and ride motocross along with cross-country. I don’t do it very much during race season.. I don’t want to get hurt or anything. Though, there’s a go-kart track 10 minutes from my house, so I’ll go out there and ride supermoto 3-4 times a week just to train and stay in shape.
AMAP: What’s your background riding supermoto?
DD: I’ve done a few supermoto races, but I mainly ride for fun. I enjoy it very much.
AMAP: How’d you get into riding motorcycles?
DD: My dad actually. He road raced, and I’ve been going to the track since I was 10 days old. I’ve pretty much been around it my whole life. I started off on an italjet 50. I got it when I was two, but didn’t start riding it until I was three. I actually learned how to ride it before I learned how to ride a bicycle.
AMAP: You’re back for another season with Castrol Latus Motors Racing Triumph in the Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport class… What’s it like riding the Daytona 675R?
DD: It handles so unbelievably good. It comes stock with Ohlins suspension, and it’s so narrow, I can flick it back and forth and get on the gas a lot easier than other bikes I’ve ridden in the past. I’d say the handling is the best feature of the 675R.
AMAP: You did well at Road Atlanta and then came out of Infineon Raceway with a win. How’d that feel?
DD: It was awesome. Especially because a year ago at Infineon was the first race I rode for Latus Motors or any team really. To go back after a year of riding and finish as well as I did felt great. I think one of the things that helped me quite a bit was seeing a mental coach. I started seeing him before Road Atlanta, and I think he’s got my mind in the right place now, because after that, I’ve gotten four podiums out of four races.
AMAP: What’s it like being on a big team like Castrol Latus Motors Racing Triumph, along with having Jason DiSalvo as your teammate?
DD: It’s definitely nice going to a track and having a big rig, because it gives you a lot of confidence and makes you feel special. It’s great having Jason on the same team as me. Because he practices before me, we have a good baseline on the bike for when I head out.
AMAP: Out of all the racetracks that you’ve competed at, what would you say is your favorite?
DD: I like Road America. I think it’s the really hard braking off of the straightaways that I like the most. You go from real fast to tight corners mixed with everything else; I think it suits me really well. I’m a good late braker, so I think it’s in my benefit.
AMAP: Out of all the bikes you’ve ridden, what would you say is your favorite?
DD: My favorite would have to be a bike I rode this past weekend. It was a 1968 BSA, and it was the coolest thing ever! It had the right side shifter, which made it really neat. It was really weird to ride, but it was very cool. That’s for a street bike. For racing, I love my Triumph Daytona 675R.
AMAP: You’re only 22 years old in the sport. What career goals are you setting for yourself in the future?
DD: Of course, everyone wants to be a pro racer and do it for a living. It’s a dream of mine doing something I love for a living, and if I had the opportunity, that’d be my dream job. At this point, I think it’s certainly possible to become an established rider. Growing up with other pro riders like Danny Eslick and Cory West, I think I have as good a shot as any to pursue that.
AMAP: What draws you to the sport? The thrill, competition or the speed?
DD: For me, because it’s been in my life from the very beginning, it’s a lifestyle. It’s indescribable. It’s everything from the feeling you get when you’re riding to when you’re watching motorcycles.. It’s just a lifestyle.
AMAP: What are you expectations for the rest of the season?
DD: We want to win the Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport East Coast Championship and try to win the overall championship. I believe I have the team and bike to do it, so if I can get my mind right and ride smart, I think I can do it.
AMAP: Who would you say is your racing hero?
DD: There are two: My dad, Danny Dominguez, because he got me into it, and Colin Edwards. I’ve been going to Colin’s motorcycle boot camp and hanging out with him. But for my dad, there’s nothing like going to the racetrack and spending time with him
AMAP: Thanks Dustin.
DD: Thank you! I would also like to thank anyone that has helped me get to where I’m at right now. I appreciate it very much.
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