TLD guys. When I joined the team, I felt like the team
and I were in the same stages of our careers. I was
still up-and-coming and so were they. Every year they
would step up and I would step up. It felt like where
I belonged. Don’t forget, I was in college when they
called me up to go racing. I always felt like I owed them,
because I would not be here if they hadn’t picked me up.
I always put Troy first for sure. He always has the right
of first refusal when it comes to my gear contract.
WAS IT A BIG DEAL THAT YOU NEVER GOT A
250 EAST OR WEST CHAMPIONSHIP? Yes and no.
The year that I was closest was in 2014. It was a full-on
battle until the very last round between Jason Anderson
and I. If you are going to lose one, you want to lose it
by only five points. It’s a bummer to not have won a 250
Championship, but it is not something I dwell on. I have
bigger problems and bigger things to focus on right now.
YOU AND JASON ANDERSON HAVE HAD SOME
EPIC RUN-INS. WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP
WITH HIM? Last year was when it heated up the most
between us. At one race we made contact three times
during the race; it was pretty heated after that. I wanted
to go over to his rig and wring his neck, but we have
kind of settled things down since then. We still talk and
see each other at the track, and we are civil for sure. We
both want to win, and we are both always in each oth-
er’s way. It is probably never going to end, because we
are both at the same point in our careers. For the past
five years it has been a healthy rivalry. You cannot men-
tion me without mentioning him, and you can’t mention
him without mentioning me.
YOU IMPRESSED A LOT OF PEOPLE WHEN IN
YOUR FINAL 250 YEAR YOU RACED A COUPLE
THE NEXT YEAR YOU SIGNED WITH HONDA
FOR THE 450 CLASS. DID YOU GET OTHER
OFFERS? Yes, I had some other offers. After they saw
what I did on the 450, I think it interested a lot of peo-
ple. But, I wanted to be on a Honda. It has always been
my dream. I was actually bummed because they were
the third or fourth team to give me an offer. I was think-
ing, “Dang, maybe it is not going to happen.” It was defi-
Most riders see signing autographs as a
chore—until nobody wants one anymore.
Cole enjoys the experience.