The next profile for the riders of AMRA is the 250B rider Drake Hacker.
Drake started riding when he was 5 but soon after took a break and didn’t get back into it until 2016. Drake raced one round with Arizona Offroad Promotions and became attached to the racing scene. Drake soon took classes with Az Dirtbike Training’s Ryan Wells to hone his skills on the single track courses that he was not accustomed to. Drake has always been a fan of fast paced Grand Prix courses and motocross courses for their speed and fast flowing feel. With his training with Wells, Drake has fine tuned his skills to be a stronger competitor within AMRA in his rookie season.
Drake started the season on a high note with a third place finish at the Yolo Ranch Sprint Enduro in Prescott. Round two kept the momentum going in Globe with a second place finish. Round three is where Drake decided to use his work race to pursue the AMRA points championship. Round four is where it all came together as AMRA took on the shores of Lake Havasu and Drake found his rhythm and took the victory. As the series went to its first motocross stop at Arizona Cycle Park, Drake had a strong race and took third behind champion rider Shelby Turner and his competitor Cole Cherick. Drake found difficulty in the mountains of Wickenburg at the SOLLiD’s Day in the Desert, taking a fifth place finish in the Enduro format. The series went north to Prescott Valley and into the frigid temperatures the weekend of the Roughrider 100, where Drake continued his pattern of strong finishes and took third. With Warmer temperatures and a fast course, the odds seemed to be in Drake’s favor as the series came to San Manuel for the Copper Classic. Drake had a strong start, but a nasty get off led him to slow his pace and finish the race in fourth on time. Drake is looking forward to heading back to Prescott for the Sheridan Mountain Showdown at Camp Wood.
Drake is a student athlete, with school five days a week and training and working outside of that. Drake spends his weekends and any free day he has training for the next race, whether it’s riding for time on turn tracks or going into the mountains to conquer single track trails and maintaining a steady pace on them.
Drake has stayed on Kawasaki during his racing career because it’s different. “ Not everyone believes a Kawasaki can compete in offroad because it’s a kickstart, but I’ve always been comfortable on them and have been successful this year” he states. His future racing plans are to race the WORCS series in 2020 in Pro 2 Lights and 250A. He feels he will be more successful in WORCS because the courses are built more to a fast paced style that Drake excels in.
Drake’s 2108-2019 sponsors are: Planet Contractors, Hoosier Tires, Az Dirtbike Training, The Ride Shop, Alkaline 88, FMF, Ryno Power, Hinson, Spy, Answer Racing and ODI Grips.