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Personal History

I am currently a junior at Florida State University and am planning to transfer to the University of Florida in the fall of 2009 to seek a Construction Management degree.  I grew up in Wesley Chapel, FL and began riding at the age of seven.  After a few years of trail riding, I started riding motocross at Dade City MX and Sunshine MX.  I raced a few events, but didn't produce any notable finishes.  Trail riding was my forte, but all of my friends who I rode with preferred MX tracks.  I purchased my first supermoto in the fall of 2006 and have been in love with the sport ever since.  After buying my current race bike, a 2005 KTM 450SMR, I began attending trackdays and races.  My first race was supposed to be the first round of this year's SEMRA series, held in Starke, FL.  The night before the race, my best friend and I put a freshly rebuilt motor back into my 450 in our Days Inn motel room.  Unfortunately, the guy who rebuilt the motor didn't replace the head gasket and it leaked all over the motel room floor.  I spent the next two days helping my friend in the pit, and borrowed his 450 for a few practice sessions.  My next event was at my home track, in Monticello, FL.  I qualified 5th out of 15 entries and finished 4th after a great battle with Kenny Fischer.  I took a short break after that event to focus on my school work and to save some money, but continued practicing at Monticello every chance I got.  On June 13, 2008, I broke my tibia and fibula in a small low-side during practice.  After two operations, I am back on the bike and regaining my speed rather quickly.  I am very excited for the final SEMRA round in Monticello as well as the new E.R.S. Supermoto Winter Series starting in November.  I have matured and improved greatly as a rider since my 4th place finish in March of this year, so I have high expectations for my next races.  Thanks for taking the time to look over my profile, and please let me know if you have any questions.

-David McLaughlin #424

Riding Goals

Get on the podium!

Top three in E.R.S. Supermoto Winter Series points championship.

Competitive Highlights