RAM® Sponsored Athlete Feature: Ryan BeatBy Bryden McGrath
January 7, 2020
It was another huge season for RAM® Mounts sponsored athlete Ryan Beat. In capturing the 2019 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro Lite championship, he also successfully defended his 2018 title.
This year, Ryan will make his move from the Pro Lite class to the Pro 2 class. And as he continues to move up the ranks, we decided it was a good time to catch up with him to hear more about the upcoming transition to Pro 2 as well as some of his favorite racing memories so far in his career.
El Cajon, California
How did you first get into racing?
I was first exposed to racing from my father and his brothers who had all raced. I was three years old when I started really wanting to ride motorcycles.
What’s your favorite memory from your early racing days?
My favorite memory from my early racing days has to be when I won the “MINI Nationals” at Barona Oaks. Back then they would do a huge prize giveaway for the national title winners. One year I won two classes and for that I received two Vespa scooters. The funny thing about it was I wasn’t even old enough to own them or ride them legally. So I just had my parents sell them and give me the money [laughs].
Tell us about your most memorable race in the Pro Lite series.
It has to be the last lap before winning the 2018 championship. I was so nervous and shaking in the truck I practically couldn’t push the gas pedal. I had worked so hard for so long to accomplish that goal and I was only one lap away from capturing it.
What are you most looking forward to in your transition from Pro Lite to Pro 2?
In my transition from Pro Lite to Pro 2 I’m most looking forward to competing with the best of the best. These are the best guys the sport of off road has to offer and now I’m considered one of them. I’m excited to get out there and battle with them.
Do you see yourself as a role model in the sport?
I do see myself as a role model in the sport. I’ve accomplished a lot in a very short period of time, with a rapidly growing fanbase that likes me not just because they see me as cool, but they see me as someone they respect.
What advice would you give to up and coming racing drivers?
I would give an upcoming racer the same advice I have been given. If you want to beat the best you have to outwork the best. You have to put in the effort and never give up.
What do you love to do outside of the sport?
Outside of off road racing I love watching Supercross – I’m an avid fan being that’s where my roots are from.
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