The Friday 5: Five Questions With Junior Cup Rider Ben Gloddy

Ben Gloddy started racing in MotoAmerica at Round 5 in Utah right after he turned 14 and became old enough to compete in the Liqui Moly Junior Cup class. The Quarterley Racing/On Track Development rider proved to be a quick study, and by Round 10 at Barber Motorsports Park, he scored a fourth-place result and a podium finish to cap off his five-round season. Gloddy, who lives in New Hampshire, gave us his answers to “The Friday Five”:

1. How old were you when you first started riding motorcycles, and what was your first bike?

I was four years old, and it was Honda CRF50. My grandparents both rode Harleys, and I used to ride with them a lot, so that’s how I got interested in motorcycles.

2. What do you do for fun in Northfield, New Hampshire, besides riding motorcycles?

I ride mountain bikes a lot, and I also do downhill racing at Highland Mountain Bike Park (Editor: located in Gloddy’s hometown of Northfield, New Hampshire).

3. Who is your favorite motorcycle racer?

Cameron Beaubier. I really like his riding style a lot. He’s smooth.

4. The winters are long in New Hampshire. What do you do for fun when the snow flies?

I love to go snowboarding at Gunstock (Editor: a ski resort located in nearby Gilford, New Hampshire).

5. You’re home-schooled and currently in the ninth grade. What are your favorite school subjects?

I’m taking a sports marketing class and a personal training class, and I really like those two classes.

Bonus Question: In 2018, you were the Loudon Road Race Series Rookie of the Year and are the youngest person ever in LRRS history to get your expert license. You obviously have a lot of laps around New Hampshire Motor Speedway, so tell us about Turn Three at NHMS.

Oh, Turn Three. You go as fast as you can into a dead hairpin that is super-bumpy. It’s flat, and then it goes uphill as steep as it gets. So, you come out of Turn Two, get on the gas hard on the back straight, and you back it in there to get the bike pointed to the right, then head up the hill towards The Bowl.