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Catching up with Kale Makeham

By: Aaryn Minerds

Posted: Monday, 12th February, 2018 - -




Kale Makeham is no stranger to the national racing scene, however the likeable Victorian was noticeably absent in 2017.

After an injury plagued d2016, the former Australian U/19 Supercross champion and Factory 450 pilot made the decision to sit out of racing, partly due to a femur injury sustained the year prior and also to focus on a few things away from racing.

With some major life goals achieved and his body back to being as best it can be, Makeham is determined to get his racing career back on track in 2018.

We caught up with the 24 year old to see what he has in store for the upcoming MX Nationals season.>


Kale Makeham is looking to put a rough couple of years of racing behind him and is ready to rebuild he racing career in 2018.
 
Fullnoise: First up, we did not really see you at all in 2017, where have you been and what have you been up to.

Makeham: I basically had a complete year away. I only had two goals and that was to get healthy and buy my first home and I’m proud to say I achieved both of those as they certainly had their hurdles.

I started the year running my Dads business while he was overseas then after that I went out on my own business venture and did quite well for myself, It was a whole heap of hard work but I managed to save my house deposit while I recovered from the femur, so that was a success and I look forward to doing that again some time.

Then the second half of the year I moved to Echuca with my girlfriend Tori and for the first time I went and got “full time” employed (laughs).

I had to do this to get my finance approved as I’m borrowing on my own and I was having trouble getting anything approved being self-employed.

It started out a bit rocky though, I had a really small crash and did the worst possible separation to my shoulder on a Sunday afternoon then started the job the next morning at 6am, I really needed the job so I sucked it up, didn’t tell anyone and I’m still working for the company today. There was certainly some tough times throughout the year that I won’t touch on here, but all in all it’s made me a better person and I’m grateful for all my lessons.


From winning the U/19 SX title in 2012 to racing for the Factory Suzuki MX1 team in 2015, Makeham has plenty of racing experience to lean on heading into 2018
 
Fullnoise: What was it like to be away from the race scene for over 12 months.

Makeham: It was quite up and down to be honest, for 6 of the 12 months I was recovering from injury with my femur and shoulder and during those times it didn’t bother me too much, I couldn’t be out there racing anyway so it wasn’t on my mind as much I just focused on working and doing my rehab.

During the times were I was healthy and able to ride and train it was pretty frustrating, if I’m able to race then that’s what I want to do, I love competition and challenging myself so I found that to be the more trying times and racing was always on the front off my mind.

Either way though I just focused on the positives and ran with that.

It wasn’t too bad, everything I was doing was new territory for me; it was exciting and kept me busy. I missed the Adrenalin but all in all it was the right thing to do.


Travis Whitten has been in Makeham's corner for the past couple of years and Makeham is looking to repay the Victorian Yamaha shop owner with some solid results in 2018
 
Fullnoise: How important was it to let your body heal and get back to as close too possible to 100%

Makeham: It was huge, I was getting into some bad territory there for a while and I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t concerning.

I hit my head during Supercross in 2016 and literally had a constant headache for a month, and I believe that led to a silly mid-race decision that resulted in breaking my femur, and not recovering 100% from my femur led to a silly little high side crash on a 125 that separated my shoulder.

So it was very important I stepped away, took the time and let my mind and body heal.

It was almost getting embarrassing, I sat down in a well respected doctors office, told him all my injury’s and that I race motocross professionally and I got laughed at with a response saying “well you mustn’t be very good at it” (laughs), it pissed me off at the time but it really hit home because it was true, I wasn’t achieving anything coming back early from injuries, I needed to get healthy.


After that I did double the rehab I needed too before I even looked back at getting back on the bike and I’m so glad I did all that. My body is 110% now and I look forward to proving that doctor wrong haha.



Fullnoise: We have seen plenty of photos of you back on the bike of late, how has it been to get back into the swing of things and cut a few laps.

Makeham: Amazing, I love it. There is nothing like riding a motorcycle for me it’s a time I can fully switch off and focus on improving at something I love.

There are no restrictions when you’re riding, no speed limits, no rules; it’s just the freedom of what my mind tells my body to do. I can try different things and go as fast as I please, I enjoy pushing the boundaries and taking risks and there’s not a heap of rules holding you back telling you what to do and how to do it which I seem to struggle with at times in today’s world haha so it’s nice to have that outlet again.

It’s an adrenaline rush and something I need so yeah it’s been good, I feel great and I surprise myself every day with my progress, it’s going really well and it will continue too.


Fullnoise: You will be back racing in 2018, what do you have planned, what class, who will be backing you and how are you going about it all.

Makeham: For 2018 I will be returning to national competition starting with racing the MX2 class at the MX Nationals.

Without the support I get from the Whitten family at WBR Motorcycles this wouldn’t be possible and I really want that to be known, if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be racing, so I can’t thank them enough for giving me a platform to be back out there.

I’ll be on a YZ250F with some incentives from Yamaha which I’m very thankful for, I’ve no doubt the Yamaha 250F is the pick of field and that’s been shown in its results worldwide year after year.

I have some more sponsor deals, which will be announced in the coming weeks that I’ll announce on my social media with some giveaways so keep an eye out for that. I will be racing as a privateer out of the back of my van with support from a local motorcycle shop just like how it all started and excited to get back out there!


Makeham has just announced some of his new sponsors for 2018, head over to his Facebook page for some cool little upcoming competitions.
 
Fullnoise: What are you goals for the year.

Makeham: One of my goals for the year is too keep my goals realistic with racing so I’ll try start with that here haha.

I want to win, full stop. It’s what I think about, it’s what I vision, it’s what I work so hard for and it’s what I truly believe I can go out there and do.

I want to put a #1 MX National round overall plate on the WBR Motorcycles shop wall to be specific. I wouldn’t waste all this time, effort and money to come back if I honestly didn’t believe I could win and It’s not easy for me to be out there.

But In saying all that I am working a full time job, I’ll be out there as a privateer and I have just had 18 months off. That’s not any excuses, I just have to be realistic that it may not happen straight away. Ultimately, by the end of the year my goal is to have a top MX/SX2 ride for 2019, and to get to that I believe with the circumstances I’m going racing under if I can be a top 5, podium guy with some race wins I will earn that.

I would love to pick up a factory supported Yamaha ride for 2019 and go after a MX2 championship, so that’s my goal for racing.


Fullnoise: Thanks for your time Kale, hopefully you hit all your goals for the year and we will be seeing you up on the podium in 2018.

Makeham: I look forward to keeping everybody updated through out the year and Thankyou Fullnoise for giving me the opportunity to tell my story, it’s going to be a great year and I can’t wait to be back out there. Cheers

To follow Makeham's progress in 2018 follow him on Instagram at @kalemakeham9 and on his Facebook page BY CLICKING HERE


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