WHAT EXACTLY IS “MOTOFEST?”
MotoFest is the world’s greatest motocross festival. Round seven of Amsoil
Arenacross will be held on Friday,
February 24. Round eight of Monster
Energy Supercross will be Saturday,
February 25. Amateur Arenacross, held
on a portion of the full-size Supercross
track, will be Sunday. The weekend will
be topped off with a Ricky Carmichael
University on Monday, February 27th.
It will be the final time we race in the
storied Georgia Dome, as we’ll be moving next door in 2018 to Mercedes
Benz Stadium. Friday night will include
an Arenacross track party. Sunday will
be the first time Amateurs have gotten
a chance to ride a Supercross track
inside the Georgia Dome. Points will
count towards the Amateur National
Arenacross Championships held in
Vegas on May 7th. It’s going to be one
DOES FELD MOTOR SPORTS PLAN
ON PAIRING MORE SUPERCROSS/
ARENACROSS RACES IN THE
FUTURE? If the event is an overwhelming success, we will definitely look to do
additional Supercross/Arenacross combination events in the future. We hope
we can grow this idea in the future.
There are a lot of variables that come
into play when trying to combine the
two schedules, but that would be in the
plans moving forward, depending on the
success of this year’s MotoFest.
HOW HAS THE “ROAD TO
SUPERCROSS” PROGRAM BEEN
RECEIVED BY THE INDUSTRY?
Change is hard, and when the Road
to Supercross was first introduced,
there was a bit of concern. As things
have developed, most of the industry
has embraced it. We’ll continue to
work with the AMA and teams to keep
WHAT WAS THE CAUSE OF YOUR
DECLINE HALFWAY THROUGH THE
2016 NATIONALS? The truth is that I
had some personal things going on with
my health. It got out of control. We
got to that point, and there was nothing we could do.Unfortunately, we put
ourselves in a hole. It was a learning
process. We were leading, and I felt we
were winning races pretty—I don’t want
to say dominant, but I was confident
with where we were sitting. To end the
way it did stinks. It almost hurt worse
than losing the Supercross title by one
point. That’s because we were there
from the beginning and had the red
plate early on. We won the first three
of the four overalls. I felt good. It was a
combination of things—from health to
letting myself get out of control and spiral too far downhill to where I couldn’t
bring it back.
WHAT’S IT LIKE HAVING RICKY
CARMICHAEL AS YOUR TRAINER?
Ricky and Jeannie [Ricky’s mom] are
great. I won’t say that Ricky is the best
technique coach, but when it comes
to race strategy and line selection and
adapting to different soils, that guy, by
far, is like no one else. If you look at his
career, that’s why he was so good at
what he did. He was able to adapt. Now
his suspension or setup might not have
been ideal all of the time, but he knew
what he could get away with. It shows.
It’s good to have Ricky in my corner.
IS SOCIAL MEDIA GOOD FOR
YOUR BRAND? Social media can be
very useful. It’s so hard to find the line
between having a good time and not
making the public angry. You look at
the UFC with Conor McGregor. He talks
a lot of smack. People love it. On our
side, the minute a rider says anything
out of line, people label that rider as
cocky or arrogant.
By John Basher
By John Basher
WAS IT HARD MAKING THE
DECISION TO RACE SUPERCROSS
ONLY IN 2017? It wasn’t hard at all
for me this year. Last year it would
have been very difficult to say that.
They tell me that I’ll just know when it’s
time, and I’m at the point where I just
don’t want to race outdoors anymore.
It’s not that I don’t like it. I love all of
the tracks. It’s just the schedule is too
hard for me. I feel like I’m better at
Supercross, and I still feel like I can
win a Supercross race. I don’t feel like
I could win a National, even on my best
day. A great day at the Nationals would
be a top-five finish. That won’t be on a
consistent basis, either. In Supercross,
there will be weekends where I can win
heat races, be on the podium and, if
things go really good, then I can still win
a main event.
HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE
IN AUSTRALIA? It was unbelievable.
I went down there in 2010 and raced
the first three rounds. It’s kind of funny,
but I came back from Australia and
a week and a half later I met my now
wife, Paige. Since we met we had talked
about going to Australia. It really helped
that things worked out with American
Honda and Honda of Australia. We put
the deal together at the last minute.
I took my family down there and we
stayed for a couple of months. We had
a great time. The racing was awesome,
but more than that, it was family time.
EXPLAIN YOUR DEAL WITH
MOTOCONCEPTS HONDA. I think
team owner Mike Genova has been in
it a long time and has been successful
doing it on his own. Now, with Tony
Alessi managing the program for the
past few years, he’s really involved.
Getting support from Honda has been
awesome, and I think everything on the
team has stepped up to the next level.
By John Basher