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Get To Know Ian Chia

Our new athlete of the week deserves an introduction! Ian Chia is the first Peruvian ever to race an AMA Pro National. Having already earned multiple national championships in Peru, Chia is one of the top five riders in Latin-America. This year he sets his sights on an American title, competing in all twelve Lucas Oil AMA Pro National events under the training of Tim Ferry. With the support of Yahmaha of Peru, Lucas Oil, and TLR Performance, Chia kicks off the series at the RedBull Hangtown Motocross Classic on May 18th.

Tell us a little about who you are and how you got involved in Motocross?

Well motocross is something that has always been around my family, so it's something I got pushed into unexpectedly haha. I'm originally from Peru. After a lot of titles over there, I wanted to race with the best riders in the world and that's here in America. I'm also a professional airplane pilot and a proud owner of a beautiful Chinchilla.

What was your first bike?

My first bike was a little KTM 50cc junior.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Probably sitting in an airplane cockpit haha.

We know you're competing in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Outdoor National series. What other plans do you have for the 2013 season?

For the rest of the 13 season I will be racing the FIM Latinamerican championship in Costa Rica and a couple of rounds of the National championship in Peru.

Who are your biggest influences?

Tim Ferry hands down! Haha he has always been an idol for me and he is one of America's heroes!

We see that you've competed and sessioned all over! What does it take to hit the road to compete?

Money! Hahahaha nahh, the number one thing is to Love the sport, and obviously the support of all the people involved in my career, family and sponsors. If it wasn't for them I wouldn't be able to race.

What do you consider your greatest Accomplishment?

To be honest I would say finishing my career as a commercial airplane pilot haha and obviously being able to race in the AMA. It's like a dream come true.

Do you have any hobbies outside of Racing?

I would say traveling with my girlfriend and flying airplanes.

Who supports you in racing, and who would you like to thank?

The main people who made this possible are my dad and girlfriend for pushing me back into racing, Yamaha of Peru, Lucas Oil, TLR Performance, MotoE, Tim Ferry,FMF, Factorybacking for my cool graphics, AliasMx, 100%, Ohlins, Renthal, my whole family, my bud Marvin for letting me use his generator, all of you guys are AWESOME ! Thank you.

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