Privateer in Depth with David Pulley 12/22/16

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With just a little over two weeks left until the gate drops at Anaheim 1 for the kickoff to the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross season, we thought it would be a great time to catch up with some of the privateers as they prepare for the start of the season. We are calling this new blog series, 'Privateer in Depth', where we will ask a privateer five questions to see what they are doing to prepare for a new season and what goals they have. First up on the agenda is David Pulley who is truly an inspirational story with all of the adveristy he has faced he is still super pumped for the upcoming season. Check out what he has to say below.

It looks like your plan is to line up at Anaheim 1 on January 7th. What is your plan after that? Are you looking to line up for the entire west coast series?

David: Yes I will definitely be there lined up at Anaheim 1 on January 7th. After A1, my plan is to be on the line for the rest of the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross 450 rounds. I will be doing the entire west coast side out of my Sprinter Van thanks to Mercedes Benz of Temecula. As for the east rounds, I am still working on a couple different options at the moment, but my race bike will be on a rig for the East rounds and I plan to fly in and out so I can keep riding here on the west coast during the week.

Last year you lined up for Detroit and got to experience the night show. What did you learn from that experience that prepares you for this year?

David: Yes this last year I had a good day qualifying and was lined up at Detroit SX in the 250 east class. I honestly had a very rough season in 2016, Unfortunately was my worst season to date, due to an injury in the opening laps of my first practice at the season opener in ATL. I actually tore all the ligaments in my left ankle and made the decision to try to tough it out and race the whole season on it, because the only way to recovery from it was to stay off it for a prolonged period of time. In retrospect it was not one of my best choices. But the season taught me a lot about persevering and pushing through my pain, truly showing me how huge the mental part of racing supercross can be. Some days were insanely tough and other days, such as Detroit, just seeing how I was able to push myself to make it happen with everything against me. Gave me that extra boost of confidence in knowing my strength to push through. After Vegas SX I had the doc fix me up and I am riding at 100% as we speak. So I am looking forward to this 2017 season starting healthy with a strong base and continuing to build though the season. I paid close attention to times of the 450 class while racing last year and used that as a good base to know where I was at comparing the times. But I am really looking back at my 2014 season going into this year for reference. As I raced the east coast on a 450 for the HRT Yamaha team in 2014 and made all the night shows and came close to getting into the main in Las Vegas. So that gives me a good amount of confidence going into 2017, knowing what I am capable of and with all the testing we have done this year, I am hands down on the best set up I have ever ridden with and I truly know we will be doing big things this year!

How do you approach training for supercross as a privateer with possibly not as much access to resources the factory guys have?

David: I think I approach it just as aggressively as any factory guy does. The only difference with me is I don’t have the same resources, But I know how to make the best with what I do have. Thanks to Patrice at Kori Kryotherapy in Murrieta, CA, I have full access to a cryotherapy chamber to speed my recovery and healing time weekly between my training sessions! I train 6-8hrs a day. Ride 5 days a week. Right now I am in the best shape of my life. I am 148lb and only 6% body fat. I have worked with many trainers in the past, But currently I have built my own program. Taking bits and pieces of my previous programs with trainers and putting together what I felt was the perfect program for me. I am very dedicated and self disciplined, so I do not need someone with me everyday to babysit or push me to work hard. I make myself work hard every time I’m working out, training, riding, really with anything I am doing. My dad is a retired professional jet ski racer who raced for Yamaha when I was younger. So a lot of my work mentality has to do with me watching him as I was growing up and just always having him pushing me to be the best I can be through the years. Now my dad only comes out to the races, he rarely comes out to the track with me. I’ve learned to always make the best of every situation and to never let something get me down. If there’s a bad day, bad race, bad season.. Don’t let that define you, and don’t dread on about it. I just focus on what I can do better and put my head down and get to work to fix things for the next event coming up. It has been working well for me so far and I am looking forward to showing everyone what I have in the bag for 2017.

What does success look like to you at Anaheim 1 and beyond?

David: My plan for success is night shows and main events. I plan to be lined up in all 16 Monster Energy Supercross night shows. Ideally I look to make a main event my first try at Anaheim 1. But I know forsure I will be a night show contender week in, week out. I plan to keep pushing myself further and further until I am someone you see in the 450 Main event every single weekend!

Who is helping you out this year and how can people follow your career?

David: I have a lot of great sponsors helping me out this year, many of them have been with me for years and years and it is really not sponsorship anymore, it's like family!

DMP Motorsport, Yamaha, Think Technology, Dedicated Ride Co., MotorMedicRacing, DASA, MoTool, Saddlemen, American Cargo, Moose, Parts Unlimited, Alpinestars, Just 1 Helmets, Mika Metals, Vertex, Pivot Works, Hot Cams, FMF, Devol, Dirt Tricks, ODI Grips, Dunlop Tires, P3 Carbon, EBC brakes, Rekluse, Motul USA, Virus Intl., Pole Position, Motocross Junkees, Outdoor Tech, Ryno Power, Moto Tape, Kori Kryotherapy, Shades of Gray MX

You can follow my career by visiting my website at:, Instagram: @TheRealDP608, Twitter: @DP608, Facebook: DavidPulleyMX

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