James races in the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series aboard the No. 70 Hoban Cycle/Spectro Oils Harley-Davidson XR1200.

Career Highlights

2012 – Made ten starts in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Series, landing in the top 10 twice and finishing 13th in the standings. Best race came at NOLA Motorsports Park where he finished 9th.
2011 – Competed in the Vance & Hines XR1200 Series. Raced for James Gang Racing.


How much experience do you have ridding the XR1200?
5 rounds last year

What do you think of spec racing?
What I like about Spec racing is it keeps the competition level and puts the focus on the rider.

What’s it like to race an XR1200 spec class bike and how does the racing compare to your other events?
Its totally different. It requires a diffent setup and mindset, but I am having fun.

What made you decide to race the Vance & Hines XR1200 Series?
Looking for a new challenge

What do you think of the Vance & Hines XR1200 Series?
I really enjoy the racing and the comraderie of the riders.

What’s your typical pre-race meal?
I’m usually too anxious to eat much on race day. Fruit, water, powerbar, maybe. But after the race, watch out! It’s post race gorge time!

What is your pre-race OCD behavior?
Tugging on my gloves. Pacing back and forth.

What is one of your best racing memories?
Sharing the track with legends like Scott Russell, Jay Springsteen and Doug Polen in the Moto-GT endurance series. Good times.

What motivated you to get started racing?
13 speeding tickets

What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional motorcycle racer?
Probably going 100mph where I shouldn’t be

What’s the best thing about being a professional athlete?
Carrying the responsibility of a role model, and being rewarded for hard work.

What else is in your garage?
Buell Ulysses XB12X street bike and Buell 1125R Daytona SportBike spec racer

Any advice to the readers dreaming to turn pro?
Pro roadracing is not for the feint of heart or light of wallet. -J. Ulrich

How many hours a week are you on Facebook?
More than I’d care to admit. But I enjoy catching up with friends and promoting our race efforts

Do you Twitter?
Yes, I think it’s a great way to stay connected to the scene on race weekends.

What are your favorite magazines and websites?
Any and all related to motorcycles and motorcycle racing

Who are your heros?
My Mom. And all those who make sacrifices for the greater good.

Beach or mountains?

High fives or fist bump?
High Fives

iPhone , Blackberry or Android?

Mac or PC?

Top 3 bands?
Foo Fighters. Alice in Chains. Green Day.

Greatest strength?
Consistency. Endurance.

Most frustrating challenge?
Learning new tracks quickly. Fun and frustrating.

Do you have a website and or Blog?