THE VIBE WE GET IS THAT JEREMY MARTIN
AND COOPER WEBB AREN’T EXACTLY BEST
FRIENDS. TRUE? It’s a full-on competition with the
two of them. I don’t want to say that they hate each
other, but I don’t think they care for each other that
much! You know, they get along okay, but I know they
don’t go to dinner during the week or hang out. I really
think that the competition between the two of them is
good, because it keeps them both pushing. They both
want to beat the other one very badly. It could have been
a little crazy if both of them were close in points going
into the final National in Utah, but that didn’t happen.
Overall they are okay. We also have Anthony Rodriguez.
He was hurt at the opening round at Glen Helen, but he
is a great guy to work with too.
WHY DID JEREMY MARTIN STRUGGLE AT
THE BEGINNING OF LAST YEAR’S SUPERCROSS
SERIES? It’s really difficult to pinpoint any one thing.
Jeremy and his trainer stayed back at the Carmichael
Farm all winter and did their own thing. Ryan Dungey
was back there, too, but earlier he had come out to
the West Coast to adapt to Supercross. Jeremy and his
trainer are hardcore. They trained their butts off, but his
program may have been lacking in the fact that he didn’t
have anyone to ride with. Normally, he would ride with
Ryan Dungey, but at that time Dungey was out on the
West Coast. He will admit that he probably should have
been out West riding before Supercross started. We had
talked about it, and he did come out to the West Coast
to ride and train for Supercross at the end of the series.
That’s when he won the Las Vegas Supercross.
WHO WILL BE UNDER THE TEAM AWNING IN
2015? The riders here are paid well and they have good
equipment. Sometimes the pay may be good, but you
have to question the equipment. You are always going to
be looking, but we base a lot of our team on
watching the kids coming out of the Amateurs. For
example, we have Aaron Plessinger signed with our
team for 2015. Anthony Rodriguez, along with Martin
and Webb, is with us again. The new Yamaha YZ250F is
a great bike. It’s an excellent starting point.
YOU WERE ALWAYS SO GRACIOUS TO
THE FANS. DO YOU THINK THAT RACERS
UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF TREATING
FANS WELL? There are so many fans that come into
the pits just to get a photo or autograph. Nowadays,
there are so many racers that don’t step foot outside
of their semis. They won’t even come out and sign
autographs for 10 minutes. I think that it’s ridiculous. I
know you have to be focused, but I remember signing
autographs while I was walking to the starting line. You
have to take care of the fans. They’re the reason we
have jobs! ❏
Steve with one of his star
pupils, Cooper Webb.