If you ever ask a motocross rider or parent how much they spend per year racing, they’ll probably tell you that they don’t even want to know what that figure amounts to.
Racing is expensive - we all know that - and many individuals and families rely on additional support to keep their costs down and ultimately allow them to keep the dream alive.
That’s the case for Troy Rumens and his son Jake, who make an incredible commitment to racing motocross each and every year.
Jake, who races aboard a Yamaha YZ85, has quickly become a rising talent in Western Australia, and with that has come increased opportunities to race nationally and overseas.
“We would we be racing every weekend from the first club run all the way through to the Byford Arenacross, which is in December - it would probably be around 40 events,” Troy estimates.
It’s always been the way for the Rumens’ family, from when Troy regularly raced himself to Jake starting out on 50s.
Racing motocross, in the words of Troy, is a way of life, and that’s why the staggering costs he incurs each season isn’t a reason to tone things down as Jake’s results continue to improve.
“To be honest, I don’t know what the actual figure is because it’s just a way of life - in motocross you just pull the wallet out,” he says. “I don’t blink at it - I would say it costs around $200-$300 a weekend by the time you pay for travel, entries, fuel.
“It could be anywhere between $20k-$40k a year. Twice a year we go over east, and last year Jake raced in Indonesia twice. It would be $20k plus a year, and that’s not including the support he gets from Yamaha Motor Australia and Strickland Race Development.”
Troy admits the level they race at wouldn’t be viable without the help of key sponsors, who assist in reducing the costs of racing through their support.
To give you an idea of their level of racing, Jake’s approximate 40 events in 2019 saw him travel to New South Wales for the YZ65 Cup at Appin’s MX Nationals, the Australian Junior Motocross Championship in South Australia, as well as a pair of trips to Indonesia.
That’s not to mention six WAMX state rounds and an extensive list of local events and club runs.
“To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure Jake would be able to ride at the level that he does without the support," Troy continues. "The amount of the support they give is phenomenal. I know it’s not the right thing to say, but we wouldn’t be racing at the level without them. Without them, we would be in a world of hurt.
“Scott Bishop and the Yamaha Junior Racing team have been helping us every year, and that’s through Peter Strickland and the Bee Firm NRG SRD Yamaha team.
“We deal through South West Yamaha who do lots of bits and pieces for us like changing tyres and chasing up parts, and there’s Peter from Van Leeuwen Performance (VLP) who helps us with suspension and the motors - without those four businesses, we would be struggling big time. They help us out unbelievably.”
While racing has hit the pause button, Jake’s managed to get one big hitout this year at the Bunbury Best in the West Open in March, scoring a podium result in his first time contesting the 85cc big wheel category.