Tely Power Racing’s Steward Baylor comes into the 2019 season because the defending champion within the Kenda AMA Nationwide Enduro Collection. The South Carolina rider is called one of many extra controversial figures on the circuit and for the previous three years he has elected to handle his personal group fairly than race for a manufacturing facility group.
Baylor received off to a gradual begin on the Kenda AMA Nationwide Enduro Collection opener in Sumter, South Carolina, however was capable of come from behind to complete second total behind eventual winner Russell Bobbitt. Grime Rider spoke with Baylor on the eve of the Sumter race about his plans for the upcoming season and the nagging knee damage that plagued him final yr.
How is the knee?
I assume it’s what it’s. It’s been bothering me, however I preserve it wrapped and preserve going. We messed it up there in Could of final yr and nonetheless completed out the yr fairly robust. It took me a pair months earlier than I received again rolling. Now it’s roughly I simply know what I can and may’t do, and what my boundaries are. Figuring out that, I do know what I can and may’t do, and know what I must do to go and win races. We’re placing our focus towards doing simply that. So long as I can preserve my head proper on race day and never let feelings push me away from the plan, we’ll proceed to carry out on prime. When racing’s over, I’ll go and get it mounted.
Let’s speak concerning the low season. What did you do through the low season to prepare for this yr?
This low season we got here again from Chile very late this yr, so it was mid-November earlier than my low season began. The very first thing we did is I got here dwelling and I left for 2 weeks to go deer searching and my regular routine. I got here again, received married, did the honeymoon, then [it was] Christmas. I didn’t begin my coaching as early as I normally do, however for the reason that season went a lot longer and ended with such a strenuous week like [the] ISDE, after I received again on the bike my health was removed from gone. It was two weeks and I used to be proper again the place I wanted to be so far as coronary heart charge zones and restoration differentials, issues like that. We hopped proper again on the bike there really the week of Christmas. [December] 23rd I began driving. Between the 23rd and now, so a month and per week I assume, I’ve put in 54 hours of apply time, so no lack of attempting there.
We’ve ridden rather a lot—much more than most likely I ever have so far as precise seat time. I’ve spent numerous time this yr engaged on constructing the observe and the coaching facility that I’m engaged on. It’s been lengthy days right here. I’m getting up at 6:30 [or] 7 a.m., out on the observe by eight a.m. I’ll hop on the dozer, run the observe, and hop on the dust bike and experience it. As quickly as I’m completed with my motos for the day, I’m again on the dozer getting prepped for the following day and altering issues up. Constructing new tracks for the blokes to return out and take a look at. Then we attempt to do some exercises there within the afternoons. It’s been good. I’ve had Evan Smith on the home working with me rather a lot, and Liam Draper’s again now. I’ve received a small crew that’s sort of a stable crew to work out with and practice through the week. I believe we’re going to see actually good performances out of each Evan and Liam this weekend. I hate to say it. These guys, in some unspecified time in the future, do grow to be competitors to me, however proper now it’s good to be coaching with that competitors.
You’ve talked about constructing a coaching facility in an effort to begin a enterprise coaching different riders. Are you able to discuss that?
Principally there isn’t a set-in-stone off-road coaching facility. Though I actually do wish to break into the moto market and that’s a giant a part of my plan. Proper now within the grand scheme of issues, throughout the subsequent 4 years earlier than I retire, I wish to have a full off-road and moto coaching facility up and on its toes. I’d wish to have one thing to step into simply after this profession is over and transfer proper into coaching children. My ardour is driving dust bikes and something that I can do to maintain myself driving and having enjoyable. That’s precisely what I’m going to do. I wished to include that into no matter I do after bikes.
I get alongside nice with the children and the mother and father as nicely. I’ve a enjoyable time doing it. Clearly I don’t know if I’m an excellent coach or not, however I really feel like I’m actually good working with the children. I’ve at all times been robust on the GNCC podiums and attempting to present again to the youth. That’s simply sort of the place I wish to be. Ultimately I wish to have my very own children, in order that’s the place I’m wanting into the long run is one thing rather less bonus-driven and slightly extra secure.
So proper now I do know that off-road coaching services aren’t huge, however 10 years in the past neither have been moto [training facilities]. What occurred is one child went to a facility and began beating the remaining, and now all people’s received to go to them. The identical factor can occur in off-road. I really feel prefer it’s an untapped market. As I retire, there will probably be different riders who might simply step right into a place that hopefully I’ll open the doorways for.
So it’s some huge cash up entrance. It’s an entire lot of time—extra time than I might probably think about that I’d put into something. However on the finish of the day, I actually hope it pays big dividends. Clearly, my new spouse [is] not tremendous thrilled that I’m gone all day lengthy day by day, however at some point I’m simply hoping that every little thing pays off.
Do you will have any main adjustments to your group this yr or the way you’re working or something like that?
So far as the group goes, every little thing’s staying roughly the identical. I’m now not doing the dash enduros. I wished to deal with two sequence in order that I might actually deal with the GNCCs extra, in addition to giving myself slightly extra time to open the observe and do some issues round there. Perhaps get pleasure from married life, which clearly that doesn’t change a lot as a result of we’ve been collectively without end. Other than dropping the dash enduros, the one huge adjustments this yr is a pair [additional sponsors]. Moose Racing is big and [so is] Forma Boots. These are two huge sponsors that stepped up this yr. Clearly, Moose has an enormous presence in off-road, so we’re pumped to be with these guys. However apart from that, probably not any main adjustments for us.