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Shop owner's Passion helps young riders
by Dan McGee
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Tribune photo Dan McGee — Robert Taylor stands in the showroom of his business, Testa Motorsports in Minden. In addition to the shop, he fields the Testa Motorsports team in local motocross events.
Tribune photo Dan McGee — Robert Taylor stands in the showroom of his business, Testa Motorsports in Minden. In addition to the shop, he fields the Testa Motorsports team in local motocross events.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Robert Taylor has been involved in mechanics for most of his life and is very much a hands-on owner of Testa Motosports as well as his racing team. Here's, he busy changing tires for a customer's motorcycle.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Robert Taylor has been involved in mechanics for most of his life and is very much a hands-on owner of Testa Motosports as well as his racing team. Here's, he busy changing tires for a customer's motorcycle.
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MINDEN — Testa Motorsports is a small shop catering to both motorcycles and quads. Owners, Robert Taylor and his wife not only run the business but also help young riders compete in motocross.

"Motorcycles have always been a life passion and I was probably 12 years old when I got my first," he said. "Basically I just rode but mainly worked on them as I've always been into mechanics."

He eventually joined the military where he earned his A&P certificate and was a flight engineer on Army Black Hawk helicopters. After getting out he started the shop in 2004.

Asked about his involvement in racing, he said, "It's just one of those things, my son does it, I raced quads so I've always been a quad guy."

Taylor likes to take care of his own, his town and valley. So during his second year in business, he began supporting local riders, which includes his son, T.J.

And that's how the Testa Motorsports Racing Team began.

"It's not what drives us, our shop; our loyalty to our customers, our work ethic and stuff like that is what keeps us going. Racing doesn't keep us going, it's something that we enjoy to do," he said.

At present he doesn't know how many will be on the team this year as he's still receiving resumes. Last year there were 32, this year there will be at lest 20 but like everything else, the economy is affecting both business and racing.

Looking at the team, he feels all the riders are promising.

"They're all doing what they want to do and enjoying themselves," he said. "Out of all the riders, we have our youngest rider, 6-year-old Lux Turner is the most promising and will probably have a future. Most of our riders are local and do it for the enjoyment of the sport," he said.

While Taylor's team is mainly motocross riders, there are some that compete on the desert and he feels there'll be a greater involvement in this type of racing as time goes by.

"You know, we're a small shop and not in Reno. These other shops have kind of an upperhand due to the volume of people that are in their area. But when it comes to a team, a team aspect and the feeling of a team, hands down we're probably the closest bunch of team members there are," he said.

Living in a small area is something that might help the team but he feels having a race support trailer at events is another plus in his favor. Helping keeping a team atmosphere are the every-other-week barbeques and at the track, the Testa crew is all in one place.

"We're always together, we have our parties together and that's what our parents and the team enjoys," he said.

He feels it's not about if a rider is fast or slow but it's about being together, having fun and families.

While most of his customer and rider base is from the Carson Valley, some come from Lake Tahoe, Reno and as far away as Fallon. It's a varied group and this year a couple of more girls are joining so they can race in motocross.

Using the team trailer, Taylor hauls bikes over the hill to events in California. He calls the parents of those riders going, loads them and he drives those to the track.

To join the team, a rider must submit a resume and one part of membership for student age competitors is keeping their grades up, usually A's or B's are required.

The team itself is composed of two groups.

"My shop has an "A" team and a "B" team. And for my "A" team riders, I pay for their entry fees when they're racing," he said. "A lot of that is based on grades and how they represent themselves, how they represent us and our community."

He added this incentive, "works out good, really good."

Commenting on the current motocross scene he said, "If the economy would allow it you'd probably see a lot more racers at the race track. That's kind of my feeling about it."

Once again the team is going to compete in the Dealer's Cup when RMA begins its season in a few weeks.

A few of returning riders are Taylor Duster, his son, Lux and 4-year-old Lala Turner, who is not only the youngest rider on the team but a pretty fast Pee Wee racer. Another returning rider is Augie Roefer, who he feels will be good this year.

And Taylor is pretty proud of how his team has fared in this spring series.

"For a small shop like we are, we were second in the points for the Dealer Cup last year. And we're talking, RMS, CMS, all the big shops, Big Valley Honda, Michaels, we beat 'em all," he said. "Kind of something we like to hang our hat on."

Although he would like to win that Cup, it's something he doesn't think will happen. But in racing, anything can happen.

With spring on the horizon, he, like many racers, is ready to get back to competition.

"I'm very excited to get the season started but we do live in Northern Nevada so we're going to fight this so a lot of us have been going over the hill to Marysville and stuff like that" he said. "I'm just really excited for the year, we've got RMA around, we've got some other people around and we've got a couple of people talking about some new tracks.

"Hopefully the economy will keep going the way it's going and we can just keep moving and all the shops can just keep moving up. And keep doing what we do, I know most all the shop owners have a passion for it."

Then he explained what gives him the biggest satisfaction.

"A bigger smile on my face is seeing a customer walk out the door with a smile on their face, regardless if we worked on their motorcycle or quads. Or going to the race track and seeing the kids come off the line, across the checkered flag, even if they are first or last they have a smile on their face when they get off the track."

For him following his passion in business and helping others is the way to go.

Those wishing more information on the team or the shop should check his website, www.testamotorsports.com.

OTHER RACING NEWS


•The local motocross family is mourning the loss of Matt Zito, who passed away this past week. And we wish to express our condolences to his family, both personal and racing.

•While the Arenocross site is being developed those wishing further information on it can contact Robert Hansen at his e-mail address, which is; ontrac702@gmail.com. He can also be reached by phone at 630-768-4990.
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