The spotlight is not for everyone, but for Garrett Edmisten, he has always been the center of attention since I started knowing him in the late 90s. I signed up in the Beginner class my first season, a 14-year-old in eighth grade grabbing holeshots on the KX100 – my favorite over both of the YZ125s I tore up after that. So, I commanded some attention, too, and was bumped out of the Beginner class to the Women B class on Sunday. Anyway, Garrett and I spent weekends together with all of our friends at the FTR races for years, in addition to select races up the east coast. His rise through the FTR ranks, though, I remember vividly the way he dominated B200 and then the A200 class. The highlight of my weekend was watching him rail the clapped out yellow Suzuki through the grassy fields, passing his dad in the pits who wanted him to slow down so he would not highpoint the event and be promoted to the AA/Pro class on the front row. But each weekend, Garrett got closer to finishing inside one minute of the leaders. And one weekend he did. So, that’s a memory we shared recently when I caught up with him at an old Hare Scrambles property and dairy farm. (What’s ironic is I remember racing Women Quad there when a fellow FTR member loaned me his Honda 400EX for the day and I loved it until I stuck it between two trees and would not budge. I resorted to two wheels after that.) In the old days, we had dozens of friends at the Hare Scrambles every weekend playing manhunt on Saturday and going on hayrides or cooking s’mores around the campfire, listening to ball games on the camper’s TV…It’s a lot different now, but to make a long story short, he still is the same exciting attention-seeking dirt bike rider and that’s all that matters to me.
Garrett said, “A good attitude will take you a long, long ways, and that’s something, on a motorcycle, that I’ve always had because it’s all I’ve done my whole life and it’s all I know and it’s what I really enjoy to do – when I get on a motorcycle, I’m free and I like it.”
In the 2007 season, Garrett said he was in the best shape of his life: “I feel like I owe it to myself to get back to that speed because I’ve been there before…and I know I can do it and I need to get back to that level to be happy with myself before my riding career does come to an end.”