Racer Profile: Ryley Bester

This 15-year-old is turning heads on the snocross track
Ryley Bester 151 Arctic Cat snocross snowmobile racing
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The baton will be passed at some point. Today’s mainstays on the pro Snocross circuit will someday have their swan song. And when that happens, the fans of tomorrow will want new faces of racing to cheer for.

Enter Ryley Bester. At just 15 years old, this youngster is crushing it at every level he’s raced at. Is snocross’ next face of race days behind the bars of the #151 Arctic Cat? We’ll see!
Ryley Bester 151 Arctic Cat snocross snowmobile racing
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RACER: Ryley Bester, Arctic Cat #151
TEAM: Frattalone Racing
CLASS: Snocross National Sport Lite
HOMETOWN: Prior Lake, Minn.

Q: What was your first sled?
Polaris 120. That’s where it all started!

Q: What was your very first race? How did it end up?
My dad had me racing 120cc sleds when I was 5-6 years old. It was a ton of fun!

Q: What first got you interested in snowmobiling and racing? 
My dad raced snowmobiles, but he started a little later than most. My dad being involved in the industry is a huge help, but really I just loved to ride with him, and racing is such a rush. There’s nothing like it.

Q: What advice would you give a young person who wants to get into racing?

Start regionally and find yourself a good practice track. Ride as much as you can, and continue to work to improve your riding. You’ll always find things you’re better at and some you can improve on. Try to learn as much as you can from other racers.
Ryley Bester 151 Arctic Cat snocross snowmobile racing
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Q: Who do you try to learn from on the track? 
Kody Kamm, Tucker Hibbert, Andrew Carlson; those guys are always helping me out. When we practice at Elk River they help me find the fastest lines, and point out little things that I can do better.

Q: What is your favorite track to race and why? 
Canterbury Park – it’s my home race track. It’s usually bigger than the other tracks with bigger jumps and more air.

Q: What is your pre-race routine? 
I don’t really have any superstitions, so I guess it’s pretty boring. I usually eat a banana for some quick energy. I stretch out and just try to stay relaxed and focus on the race ahead.

Q: When you’re not racing or training on your snowmobile, what are you up to? 
I play football in the fall, so I spend a lot of time at practice. Other than that, I’m either on the quads, boat or just hanging with friends.
Ryley Bester 151 Arctic Cat snocross snowmobile racing
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Q: Do you have any other hobbies? 
Dirt biking with friends, fishing and hunting with my dad, and mountain biking. I also play football and lacrosse.

Q: Where is your favorite riding destination? 
Probably just from our house in Prior Lake, Minn. Usually my dad and I will take a quick ride out to our favorite trail stop for lunch. You can’t beat it!

Q: Can you recall your favorite racing memory? 
Wow, there’s a lot! Probably my first win in Sport Lite last season. I had gotten a few podiums, but that first win was pretty awesome! It was an experience I won’t forget.

Q: Who is your biggest supporter? 
My dad, for sure. He’s always there for me wrenching and warming up sleds.
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