IVAN, WHY RETIRE NOW? I
took a year and a half off from
racing in 2013 because I couldn’t get
a ride. Everyone thought that I had
retired, but the reality was that I
couldn’t find a job. I sat on the couch
and became bitter because my phone
wasn’t ringing. Then Rockstar KTM
offered me the opportunity to race
the 2014 Supercross series after Davi
Millsaps got hurt, so I took it. For the
Nationals, I switched to RCH Suzuki;
however, midway through my
outdoor ride, I lost the spark to go
racing. I wasn’t having fun anymore
and dreaded going to the races.
That’s when I knew that it was time
to step away from racing. I’m happy
with my choice and don’t have any
regrets. In hindsight, I’m very happy
that I was given one final year to
decide for myself that racing was no
longer in the cards rather than just
being forgotten about.
WAS IT HARD TO MAKE THAT
CALL? AFTER ALL, RACING
PROFESSIONALLY IS ALL
YOU’VE KNOWN FOR 16 YEARS.
It was definitely a tough decision. I’m
a competitor, and I didn’t want to
admit that I could no longer challenge
for top- 10 finishes. I told myself a
while ago that I would hang it up as
soon as I was no longer competitive.
This past summer, I was struggling to
make the top 10, which was no fun.
I was putting in all of the hard work
and effort, but the results weren’t
there. Racing became unenjoyable.
DID THE CRASHES AT THE
AND HIGH POINT NATIONAL
WEIGH HEAVILY ON YOUR
MIND? My crash at Indianapolis
didn’t really bother me at all. I fell
while going down the start straight
and got pinned in another rider’s bike.
I didn’t get hurt, so I brushed it off
as a fluke. On the other hand, my big
crash at Mt. Morris was it for me.
After that, I started thinking about
getting hurt. To make things worse,