Catching Up With Scott Champion

\r\n\r\n20-year-old Scott Champion is living the dream today at Washougal, as a guest rider on the factory Yamaha team. With Josh Hill out with back problems, Champion was drafted onto the team for this weekend’s 450cc National after spending the earlier part of the week testing a 2010 Yamaha YZ250F as a Vital MX test rider.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHow did you feel during Press Day, your first time on a national track on a full factory bike?\r\n\r\n\r\nOh, its super good, that thing’s a beast for sure. I was super pumped; I was smiling from ear to ear the time I was out there.\r\n\r\nSuper pumped, that’s a Ryan Dungey term. You already soaking in the factory rider lingo?\r\n\r\n\r\n(Laughs) Yeah, I guess that’s how we do it around here (laughs).\r\n\r\nHow was the first ride coming off say, Erin Normoyle’s Honda?\r\n\r\n\r\nOh, it’s a little different (laughs). No, it’s so much different and I couldn’t be happier about being here. I’ve always loved Yamahas, and this thing is so cool to ride.\r\n\r\nHow close was the suspension set up initially?\r\n\r\n\r\nWe had to do a few changes and then made a few more yesterday. We had to make it softer; I’m a little guy so we had some work to do.\r\n\r\nDid you feel close to your potential right away, or did you spend some time working out the bugs?\r\n\r\n\r\nYeah, I felt good right away. After just a few laps I was right up to my normal speed. I can adapt pretty quickly, and I’m used to practicing on my Yamaha and racing Erin’s Honda, so I can adjust.\r\n\r\nWhat are your goals for the day?\r\n\r\n\r\nI want a good start, that’s one of the biggest things I’m looking for, and that shouldn’t be too hard on this thing. And top ten seems reasonable if I can get up there early.