MarylandMotocross.com: Hi Mike, this is Scooter from MarylandMotocross.com,
got time for an interview?
Michael Groves: Yeahhh.
Mike sounds so formal, Ohhh! can I call you M-Unit?
MG: Yeah. That’ll work.
MM.com: Sweet! So how old are you and how long have you been racing
MG: I’m 17. I’ve been racing since I was 5, so…12 years
MM.com: Well, M-Unit What kind of bike do you have?
MG: I got a CRF250F.
MM.com: I know your sister Kara is injured, rumor has it
that you too, are injured?
I’m…(pause, sigh) kiiinda injured, I hurt my collar bone pretty bad, I
think it’s broke, but I may race this weekend.
racing through the pain, M-Unit is hardcore folks. You gonna get some
X-rays after the race afterwards?
MG: Yeah. I
probably should… afterwards.
MM.com: All right. Good deal. Now you’ve been riding for 5 years?
5? No - 12.
MM.com: Oh, okay my BAG M-Unit, and do you have any advice for anyone new
to the sport?
going. If you’re enjoying it, keep going. Sometimes people may not want
you to, but in the end it’s up to you. If you’re having fun: keep going.
If you’re not having fun: it’s probably not the place for you.
and Kevin say they’ve seen you in Staff gear at Bud’s Creek, what’s the deal
MG: My dad
works on the staff for the Pro Nationals. On Sunday we were just working
the track during intermission.
working with the staff, do you have any pull with the officials?
MG: You mean
like what they…umm, what do you mean?
(Suspicious) Like who wins who gets into Mrs. Slusher’s ninja gang?
MG: (Laugh) Naaaaaw. Not at all.
sure, cause I’ve heard people say “Mike’s a sellout,” “He works for Johnny
Law”, “Man that color yellow sure goes with his tan,” and stuff like that.
MM.com: So what
kind of gear do you like when on and off the track?
MG: I like
Fox gear a lot. I wear a lot of Fox clothes at school too.
MM.com: So I
take it Motocross is pretty popular at your school?
It’s pretty popular where I live too in Calvert County. It’s getting more
popular every year, because more and more people start racing every year.
Like at local tracks and traveling. I think it’s one of the more popular
sports right now.
What is Kara like off the track? Is she in that phase where she’s bugging
you and you’re too old or too kewl for her?
MG: No. She
doesn’t bug me. I think she’s not as old as she thinks she is though.
(Laugh) She acts like she’s 17 too. She’s all right. She’s cool. She
doesn’t really get on my nerves that much.
it’s not like if you wanted to, you could get rid of her, right?
Nah. I wouldn’t want to.
MM.com: If you
had to change something in Motocross, what would it be?
MG: Ummm… the
standard it takes to become Pro.
think it should be easier or harder, or what?
MG: I think
it should be a little easier. With my talent right now, I know I couldn’t
turn Pro, but there are a lot of riders out there, who should be, but
MM.com: How do
you feel about girls racing in motocross?
MG: I think
it’s awesome. I like the girls out there mixing it up with the guys. I
mean, most of them are just as fast as the guys. Great example, Jessye
Davis. She’s one of the fastest in the country. She can beat most of the
boys I know.
MM.com: I heard
you had a flip last week. Tell us about it.
MG: I came off this little double , was next to Gregg Duffy, I hit a
kicker and just flipped… went flying.
MM.com: Did you
make it to the finish line?
actually make it before my bike did. And it kept going. (Laugh)
MM.com: I bet
that’s the first time someone has ever raced their own bike to the finish
line? If you could fill a pool with anything besides water, what would it
that. Some like food -a-thing-a-ma-jig-like stuff.
I…don’t…know. Umm…macaroni and cheese.
To each his own I say. Have you ever raced against Captain M?
M. You don’t know who Captain M is?
been doing Motocross for 18 years and you don’t know who Captain M is?
wait. You’ve been riding a dirtbike for 23 years and you still don’t know
who Captain M is.
pause, slight laugh) Nope.
need to get with Big Duff and find out what the deal is.
right. I’ll do that.
thank you for your time, Mike…err… I mean M-Unit, I hope you’re collar bone
is fine and lastly, Do you have anything to say to the ladies out there?
MG: Yeah. Ladies I’m single and lookin’.