Hailing from La Moille, Illinois, young Chase Sexton is going to quickly become a household name in Monster Energy Supercross and AMSOIL Arenacross. Chase will be entering the Amateur All Star class at the Monster Energy Cup on October 17th, then a few months later he will make his professional debut in the 2016 AMSOIL Arenacross Championship. It’s an exciting time for the hard charging phenom, and we got Up to Speed with him today as the ink was still drying on his first pro contract with the powerhouse GEICO Honda organization.

First off, congratulations, this is a big day for you. You just signed your first pro contract with GEICO Honda, how does it feel?

Signing with GEICO Honda is awesome; I have wanted to ride for them from the first day I got on a dirt bike. It’s just awesome, really, it’s my first pro contract and now I’m just looking forward to getting ready for my first big race for GEICO Honda at the Monster Energy Cup. I’m pumped about the deal for sure.

Go ahead and talk about the Amateur All Star class at the Monster Energy Cup a little bit. That class is stacked with the biggest names in amateur motocross, and most of you guys will be turning pro after it’s over. Are you ready?

Monster Energy Cup is just a great race, this is my fourth year being a part of it and the first time I will be riding a big bike so I’m really excited. You’re right, the class is stacked, I was looking at the rider list a couple of days ago and there are a lot of fast guys racing. The track looks like it is going to be fun and technical and I’m just pumped to be able to go race all of those guys, and do it on my new GEICO Honda.

It’s kind of cool how you and Austin Forkner have now both signed your first big pro contracts leading into the MEC. We watched you two guys battle at Loretta Lynn’s and it looks like you two are very evenly matched. Is there a rivalry between you two?

There is kind of a rivalry between us and I guess it kind of seems like people are hyping our rivalry up. Although, I have nothing against Austin, he is a great rider and it’s fun racing with him.

Will you be able to ride with your new GEICO Honda teammates leading into the MEC?

Yes, I was out in California for a couple weeks riding some outdoors and I actually will fly back out there to begin riding the team Supercross track on Monday. I’ll be riding with Malcolm Stewart, Christian Craig and Tristan Charbonneau and I’m looking forward to it. That should give me two weeks riding Supercross before the MEC and I should be more than ready.

After the MEC, the first step in your pro career will be racing in AMSOIL Areancross where you will be earning your Road to Supercross points. How excited are you to be racing in one of the most competitive championships in all of motor sports? Which rounds are you looking at racing, and are you ready?

Actually, I’ve raced AMSOIL Areancross from the time I was on 50’s and mini bikes so I kind of know what it is all about. I’m going to be riding Supercross all the way until the AMSOIL Arenacross events start so I’ll be prepared. It’s definitely cool, those guys in that series are really fast and I respect them and I think it is going to be really fun. I’ll be entering both Ontario and Salinas California rounds, and tentatively we have the event in Colorado Springs, Colorado circled on the calendar.

It’s a different world in the AMSOIL Arenacross Championship. The guys in the main events are very tough and take no prisoners. Being that you have some good experience in that type of racing, will that help you and are you intimidated by those guys?

Well, I’m not going to really be intimidated by them, but I also do not want to get mixed up in their championship efforts either. It’s should be fun, I’m just going to go out there and try to race clean, however there is a good chance that probably won’t happen, because yes the racing is very rough. Like I said, I really respect those guys and it should be a good time.

More than the competition in AMSOIL Arenacross, the environment is far different than amateur day. There will be a packed arena of fans with lights and pyro technics going off, a DJ blasting music and a huge production to accompany the racing. Are you prepared for all of that?

For sure, racing in the Monster Energy Cup for three years in the past has prepared me for that type of environment really well. I’ve also raced on Saturday night at AMSOIL Arenacross in the Supermini class in front of a packed house and it should have me prepared to race with the pros.

Let’s talk about whoops. They are bigger and more challenging at times than Monster Energy Supercross whoops. What are you going to do to be prepared to attack the most challenging section of the AMSOIL Arenacross track?

Yes, like I said I have been riding the GEICO Supercross track and practicing my whoops a lot. I know the whoops are probably the biggest part of racing AMSOIL Arenacross so I have been practicing them. By the time that championship begins I should be ready for them.

How much different is the set up on your bike from where you will have it at the MEC than when you race AMSOIL Arenacross?

The set up is definitely different because at the MEC there aren’t any whoops and you can run your suspension softer. The track at the MEC is of course a lot more open, so I’ll be running bigger gearing and some other things. In AMSOIL Arenacross you have to set the bike up to handle the whoops, so that’s much stiffer suspension and smaller gearing for the tighter track. That’s about it though; otherwise it should be pretty much the same.

Again, congratulations on your new pro GEICO Honda contract! Today is the moment that you have been waiting for your whole life. Describe what it feels like.

Yeah definitely, I’ve been waiting for this day for a while and now that it is here it kind of doesn’t feel real yet. It will sink in for sure during the next few days when I’ll be getting myself to work and riding the new bike getting ready for the MEC. Hopefully it’s a good race for me, I can’t wait for the 17th