the following week I had a big wreck
while testing at Glen Helen during
practice. Normally I wouldn’t think
about the negative side of racing,
but it started to creep up on me, so
I fought back and tried to push the
limits even more. Then I saw the light
and realized that more crashes would
come if I rode with that strategy. I
knew that my career was over.
HOW DIFFICULT IS IT AS A
RACER TO RIDE OUTSIDE OF
YOUR COMFORT ZONE? It’s only
a matter of time before you crash
whenever you’re riding beyond your
comfort zone. Take my crash at Mt.
Morris. I got a good start and battled
with guys that I used to race with.
I started getting passed and I didn’t
like that feeling, so I rode over my
head. Then, in a matter of seconds, I
was on my head. I knew that my time
was done. While I know that I could
have finished inside the top 20 all
day long, being inside the top 10 was
becoming unrealistic. It’s no fun when
you’re putting in tons of work only to
finish 12th place.
FILL-IN RIDES WERE GREAT
OPPORTUNITIES, BUT HOW
CHALLENGING WAS IT TO
ADAPT ON SUCH SHORT
NOTICE? It was tough. I didn’t start
riding the Rockstar KTM 450SXF until
December 5, 2013, and the Anaheim
opener was a month later. I was a
fish out of water at Anaheim 1. I felt
terrible and questioned why I was
even lining up to the gate. The track
was pretty gnarly for the first race
of a new series, and although I got
good starts, guys were blowing by
me. Fortunately, things started to turn
around, and I improved as the series
went on, but I still wasn’t riding up to
my potential. It put me in a miserable
YOU HAD THE MOST SUCCESS
OF THE ALBUQUERQUE CREW.
THAT HAS TO FEEL GOOD.