DID YOUR RELATIONSHIP
WITH JAMES STEWART HELP
GET YOU THE SUZUKI DEAL?
I’m not sure that my friendship was
a determining factor, but I am sure
that it did come into play. I stayed
down with James in Florida all
through the summer of 2013, and I
truly looked up to him as an older
brother. It was great to be able to
ride, train and just hang out with
him. I really learned a lot from him.
I’m grateful he’s my teammate.
DO YOU THINK THAT YOU
WERE OVERLOOKED BEFORE
THE SEASON BEGAN? Maybe I
was overlooked and in the shadows a
bit, but that stuff doesn’t bother me.
I’m here to race, do the best that I
can and move on to the next weekend. I don’t care that much about
being labeled as the best 450 rookie.
I just try to play my best hand with
the cards that I am dealt. As for the
longer 450 Supercross series, I knew
that it was going to be more difficult.
In the 250 East/West series you get
long breaks and have the opportunity
to test for the Nationals. Then again,
I like to race and push myself.
THEY SAY YOU’RE NOT
VERY FRIENDLY WITH OTHER
RACERS. I stick to myself and
consider racing a business. I try to
spend every minute at the track trying to improve my racing. We are out
there to race and do the best that we
can. There are a couple of guys that
I chitchat with once in a while, but
besides that I don’t hang out, except
with James Stewart. I’m probably
not the most sociable racer, but I am
just a normal guy. At the races
I am serious, but on my days off I’m
a much different person.
DID JAMES STEWART’S
DRUG SUSPENSION AFFECT
YOU? During the Supercross series
I was a one-man show. I’ve done the
Supercross testing by myself. Ken
Roczen and Broc Tickle have been
at the track a few times, but really
it’s just been me. I did get Suzuki’s
undivided attention, though, so
that was nice [laughter]. James’
suspension wasn’t much of a
distraction for me, but it was a
huge deal for James and the team.
I tried not to think about any of
that stuff. ❏