Teagg Hobbs competed for Quarterley Racing/On Track Development last year in MotoAmerica’s Liqui Moly Junior Cup class. This year, the former New Hampshirite who now lives in Florida will race a Suzuki SV650 in Twins Cup for Trackworx Motorsports. And, as a warmup for the 2020 MotoAmerica season, he is also competing in the Daytona 200 aboard a Yamaha YZF-R6. We caught up with Hobbs during a short break in his busy school/work/training/bike-prep schedule and asked him “The Friday 5”:
1. What is the first motorcycle you ever rode, and how old were you?
It was a Honda 50, and I was not quite four years old.
2. What is your favorite thing about racing motorcycles?
All the preparation and work that goes into it. The amount of push that riders have to give to get to the races. It takes a lot of effort, but I enjoy all of it.
3. You were born in New Hampshire, but you now live in Florida. Besides the weather, what is the biggest difference between the two states?
The slow drivers. It’s kind of brutal at times. I deliver pizzas after school to make money for racing, and I get so frustrated with all the slow, elderly drivers in Florida. I just want to yell out, “Coming through! Get out of my way!”
4. Why did you decide to move up from Liqui Moly Junior Cup to Twins Cup this year?
The main thing is that I am a lot more confident on bigger bikes that have a lot more power. Also, I want to keep progressing, and being on a bigger bike presents the challenge I need to grow and improve my racing skills.
5. What is your favorite subject in school?
Math or gym. Wait, that’s too “standard” of an answer. Actually, I take an entrepreneurship class, too, and I really like that.
Bonus Question: This is a two-part question. What is your middle name?
OK, since your first name is spelled with two “g’s” at the end, and your last name is spelled with two “b’s” at the end, is your middle name spelled “C-O-R-B-I-N-N” with two “n’s” at the end?
(Laughs) No, there is just one “n” in “Corbin” and that’s probably unusual enough. Funny story about my first name: my dad used to waterski and wakeboard, and there was this boat called the “Tige” (editor: pronounced “teeg”) that he wanted to buy. But, when he was on his way to go and buy the boat, my mom gave him a call , and she told him that he couldn’t buy it because she was pregnant. So, my mom gave birth to me, and my dad named me “Teagg” because he couldn’t buy the boat named “Tige,” but he has a son named “Teagg.”
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