Tyler Bowers rode a motorcycle for the first time at the age of 2. His love of racing began soon after that.
"I got my first trophy, and that kind of sparked the flame of competition in me," said Bowers, who's from Danville, Ky. Bowers won his first Arenacross championship in 2011, after only six months of therapy to repair two broken femurs.
At 22, Bowers has now won three consecutive AMSOIL Arenacross championships for the Babbitt's Monster Energy AMSOIL Kawasaki team, and is trying for his fourth. Arenacross comes back to town Friday through Sunday at Baltimore Arena.
Bowers took a break from pursuing motocross history to speak with us about bad drivers, nerdy TV shows and craziest part of the Arenacross track.
Worst pet peeve? Bad drivers. I just can't wrap my head around some people's thinking or lack thereof while driving.
What song are you loving/hating right now? Maybe the new Miley Cyrus stuff. My girlfriend loves [Miley's] new album and the songs just stick in my head all day.
Your worst habit? Procrastinating, but I read once that can be a good quality. It allows more time to make the best possible decision.
Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? Starbucks
Last movie you liked/disliked? Liked: "World War Z." I just watched it on a recent plane ride! Disliked: "The Great Gatsby."
TV show(s) you can't get enough of? "Through the Wormhole."
Favorite/least favorite drink? Favorite: Sweet tea is usually the only other thing I drink besides water. For fun: most any Kentucky bourbons. Least: soft drinks. They're poison.
Best advice you ever got? If it were easy, everybody would be doing it.
Favorite/least favorite part of motocross racing? Favorite is the feeling of freedom; least is injuries.
Best/worst part of the Arenacross track? I don't know really, I love almost all parts. The whoops [small rolling jumps closely lined up and are "skipped" across] are usually difficult but they are normally my strength. The straight is pretty boring for a rider.
Favorite thing about Baltimore? Wildout Wheelie Boyz! And the fans there are always really loud and lively too!
AS TOLD TO EMMA SCHKLOVEN