ARE YOU AND TEAMMATE
COOPER WEBB ENEMIES? Well,
we are both on the same team, and
Yamalube Star Racing team owner
Bobby Regan has us here to win races
and championships. I want to win, and
Cooper wants to win. We have definitely
pushed and elevated each other. It does
make it a bit difficult with us both being
on the same team as opposed to one
of us being on another team like Geico
Honda, because you are not pitting out
of the same truck. I think it’s good for
us, as it only elevates us both to higher
levels. We are not best friends, but it’s
not a big deal.
DO YOU SHARE BIKE SETUP
INFORMATION ON YOUR YZ250Fs?
During outdoor testing, I started with
the setup that he eventually ended up
with, but it didn’t work for me. He is taller and rides his bike differently than me.
HOW ARE YOU HANDLING THE
SUDDEN FAME? Racing is a very big
thing to our fans, and it’s awesome to
be able to do this. It’s a great career.
But at the same time, it’s a very small
thing. There are so many people in
the world that don’t even know what
a motorcycle is. I look at it this way: I
ride dirt bikes in a field. We are not any
more special than anyone else.
THREE QUESTIONS WITH
GODSPEED! DAVE BICKERS
Dave Bickers passed away recently
from a stroke at age 76. Bickers was
the two-time European motocross
champion in the 1960s, raced in
America during the formative years of
Hopetown and the Trans-AMA series,
and even doubled for Roger Moore in
the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy
and 1979’s Escape to Athena.
Dave began competing in motorcycle
scrambles at the age of 16 and was so
successful that he was rewarded with a
sponsorship from the Dot
motorcycle company. His riding
talent got him noticed by Greeves
factory rider Brian Stonebridge, who
then recommended that Bickers be
hired by Greeves in 1958. He won two
consecutive 250cc European motocross
championships in 1960 and 1961 for
the Greeves factory racing team. The
European Championship was considered
to be the World Championship at the
time, as the sport of motocross had yet
to develop outside of Europe.
Bickers was a member of British
teams that won the Trophée des Nations
event in 1961 and in 1962. He also
helped British teams win the Motocross
des Nations in 1966 and 1967.
HOW DID YOU GET SELECTED
TO FILL IN FOR JUSTIN BARCIA
AT TEAM HONDA? I first heard
about Honda looking for a fill-in rider
after Justin Barcia got injured. I
was hoping that they may consider
me, but I tried not to think about it.
Then I got a call to see if I wanted to
come out to California to try out with
the team. It wasn’t a done deal at
that time, but they gave me a
contract at Muddy Creek and I
signed, so that was it.
WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CHANGE
GOING FROM A PRIVATEER TO
The power is the biggest difference, but the biggest change has
been the lifestyle. I had been driving
to the race in my Chevy van. I had
a fold-out couch and a bed in it, so I
got by with that. I stayed at friends’
houses and skimped. Now I stay in
California, ride during the week and
fly to the races. It has been a huge
change. Now I can focus on my
riding and training rather than
driving all the time.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST COME
FROM SWEDEN TO THE USA?
2011 was my first full season
here. In 2012 and 2013 I broke
the same wrist two years in a row.
Prior to coming here I raced some
European championships and the
2012 Swedish Grand Prix. Now that
I have my American visa, I don’t have
to keep going back to Sweden every
couple months. I can stay here over
the winter to train for Supercross.
That will be big for me.