Bryce Prince won the 2016 MotoAmerica Superstock 600 Championship aboard a Riders Discount Tuned Racing Yamaha. In 2017, he moved up to Superstock 1000 and raced a Yamaha for Hudson Motorcycles/Helmet Sounds.com before returning to middleweight machinery in 2018 where he competed in the Supersport class aboard a RiderzLaw Racing/KWR Yamaha. This past season, Prince returned to Tuned Racing, reuniting with team owner Mike Pond. A seasoned MotoAmerica veteran, Prince gave us his answers to “The Friday Five”:
1. You had a pretty consistent 2019 season, but in the later rounds, your results improved quite a bit. To what do you attribute the last-season surge?
The surge was due to having a crew chief starting at Sonoma Raceway. I brought on Rocky Stargel as my crew chief for the rest of the season, and that helped us a lot with team dynamics and just everybody working together as a team.
2. What’s your favorite thing about living in Bakersfield, California?
Well, besides being born in Bakersfield, I think my favorite thing is the location. We have a lot of racetracks around here—Buttonwillow, Auto Club Speedway, and Willow Springs—and that’s a big reason why I’m a motorcycle road racer.
3. You’ve mostly raced middleweight motorcycles throughout your career. Do you have any desire to race in Superbike?
I do, but ultimately, it comes down to finances. I raced in Superstock 1000 a couple of years ago, so by rule, I’m no longer allowed to race in that class. But, yeah, I’d love to race Superbikes, and I think I’d do well. I’ve had good results on bigger bikes in the past, and I think I’m a much better rider now than I was then.
4. What is your day job?
I’m the parts manager at Valley Cycle & Motorsports, a powersports dealership here in Bakersfield.
5. You bear a striking resemblance to the late, great actor Bill Paxton. He has a son named “James,” who is also an actor, so is it possible that you might be James Paxton’s long, lost brother?
Oddly enough, I don’t know who Bill Paxton is, but I will “Google” him. (pause) Oh, that’s him? Nah, I don’t see it.
Bonus Question: Is there any truth to the rumor that, instead of going by “Bryce Prince,” you used to be called “Bryce The Rider Formerly Known As”?
You know, Prince or…His Purple Badness if you’re not into the whole brevity thing.
That one went right over my head. But, I bet if I asked my girlfriend Savanah, she would know what you’re talking about.
As Bill Paxton’s character Hudson said in Aliens, “Game over, man. Game over.”