Catching Up with Dillan Epstein
By Jordan Powell
Dillan Epstein may not be a name you’re too familiar with yet, but the 2012 Loretta Lynn’s 250 A second-place finisher will soon be. Epstein made his rookie debut at the Lucas Oil Motocross Championship Series in Lake Elsinore, California, earlier this month, and his 17-12 finish resulted with a 15th overall. Fresh off a week and a half break, we caught up with the young rider to see what’s in store for 2013.
So you got your first National out of the way, how was that?
It was pretty rad and a lot of fun, but it was definitely a learning experience. You know, I wasn’t expecting that I was going to go out there and win; I just wanted to have fun. If I were able to get into the lead, that would have been above and beyond anything I would have expected. However, my real goal was to get a top-10 finish. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, but I did finish 15th. I think the lessons that I learned from that race were really valuable, and I plan to work on becoming a better rider.
Was it completely different than the amateur Nationals?
It was a little different than the amateur Nationals [laughs]. In the pro ranks, the speed from the beginning to the start is at a constant pace. In the amateurs, the first lap was almost like a site lap. Everyone wasn’t going for blood right out of the gate [laughs].
Did any of the riders ever get rough with you at Elsinore?
Nothing really happened when I raced my first moto because I got a bad start, but it was a little different in the second moto [laughs]. I ended getting a decent start and all I remember was a KTM plowed me right off the track. I think it was Ken Roczen [laughs]. Other than that, it was just some rookie mistakes on my part.
So, where do you go from here? What are the plans? Are there plans?
There are a few plans, but I don’t really know what’s going on with them yet. I’m just going with the flow and seeing what happens.
Now, do you like Supercross at all?
I love Supercross! I think it’s a lot of fun. Last year I raced the Monster Cup in Vegas, and that didn’t go well for me at all. First practice, my bike blew up, and I didn’t even get to practice because they were working on my bike. In the first race, I got taken out on the start, and then I got ran over. That resulted with a broken nose and hand, and the end of the night for me. I’m excited for the upcoming season though, but I have to see where I compare with everyone out there.
Have you been relaxing since Elsinore, or have you been riding still?
No, I took a week-and-a-half off. After Loretta’s, I was still hammering down on the motos because Elsinore was around the corner, but now that it’s done, I’ve been relaxing. I actually just got back from Catalina for my birthday. It was really fun, but I’m looking forward to riding my dirt bike again!