Andrew Gross is an off-road motorcycle racer, participating in cross country events such as hare scrambles, with occasional enduros and motocross events mixed in. In 2016, Andrew raced his KTM 250XC bike to the 250A class championship in the Western New York Off Road Association (WNYOA) series. This winter he competed in the Expert class of both the Broome-Tioga and Square Deal Riders winter series. In 2017, Andrew will compete aboard the #10 bike, a 2017 Hanover Powersports KTM 250XC, in the AA class of WNYOA, as well as select races in the NETRA and ECEA series. He will also compete in the 250A class of select GNCC and National Enduro races.
What are you up to these days? I’ve been living a pretty busy lifestyle. I am a full time college student, I am on the Steve Hatch Racing Program, and I have my own lawn care business. I get as much riding time in as I possibly can. There are 2 local winter series that I compete in. Lately I have been doing very well in the expert and super open classes. Although they are only 30 minute races per class, it is very challenging and keeps me “race ready” for the upcoming WNYOA series.
What are your goals for the next 5 years? My goals for the next 5 years are to continue racing, win the WNYOA AA championship, and work my way up in the GNCC’s. I also plan on finishing up college and obtaining a degree in Business Administration.
You have been a WER rider for many years. How do you like working with Drew and why WER suspension over any other company? I like working with Drew for many reasons. The main and most important reason is Drew’s intelligence. His knowledge when it comes to suspension is like a 5000 page dictionary. You call him up, let him know what your suspension is doing, and he can tell you exactly what the issue is and what you can to do to make it perfect. A great suspension really is one of the most important things to have.
How do you manage college, racing and working? It is a very difficult thing to do. Managing my priorities is super important in my life. College and homework obviously come first before work and racing. I think it’s safe to say that I almost never get to hangout with friends unless it is an off weekend in the summer and I don't have any lawns to mow. Anyhow, it is very difficult to manage the schedule but it always pays off whether it comes to winning a race or getting A’s on tests. But I am having fun and enjoying it.
Where can we see you at the races? At most any WNYOA race this summer and a few of the GNCC’s. Definitely Unadilla and Tomahawk and hopefully Snowshoe. One or two ECEA’s and a couple of National Enduro’s.