I was 4 years old when I first threw my leg over a dirt bike. Being from new England the dream of becoming a professional racer is greatly over shadowed with doubts of being able to ride enough during the freezing winter, as well as getting enough support locally. When you’re literally the farthest area away from the main hub of MX in California, it’s much more difficult to get noticed. Most kids at a young age hear that and just give up, but not me. It made me try that much harder to make my dreams come true and has shaped me into the rider I am today.
INTERVIEW BY ARAN EVERSMEN
Just north of Boston, in a little town called Peabody, is the home of Jimmy Decotis. At first glance, you wouldn’t know that it’s the home of one of the most-loved racers of a generation. The guy rips and he’s not afraid to hang it out and go bar-to-bar with anyone. Off the track he’s just a regular kid who rolls deep with a crew of like-minded New Englanders that work hard and play hard.
“I’ve always had fun with my career and everything I do. I’ve always enjoyed riding a dirt bike. When I was a kid, my dad never pushed me to go to the track or pushed me to train. He told me if it’s what you love to do, then go do it. Doing this as a professional was never something I planned to do. I just rode a lot. As I got older, about 14 or 15, I realized I’m pretty good at this and started to take it more seriously.”
ON THE MAP
Jimmy is also known as Jimmy D, the Rippa or the privateer hero. He turned pro in 2009 racing the last four nationals as a rookie privateer. Since then, he put in some impressive rides. He has been chosen to ride for elite teams, including Geico Honda in the US and CLS Pro circuit Kawasaki for the world GP’s. He’s been featured in Moto the Movie 5 and again in Moto the Movie 6, showing his skills in the free riding and ramp scene. Famously known for his two-stroke videos on YouTube, he is also the two-time two-stroke national champion.
In 2013, Jimmy wanted to give back to the MX community that so strongly supports him and founded JDMX Schools. Jimmy hosts MX development classes to share his knowledge and skills with racers from all over the United States and Canada.