While at Riverside CA’s Milestone MX Ranch we spotted Rockstar Energy Racing’s Jason Anderson and Joey Savatgy pounding out laps in preparation for the 2014 Supercross season. Today marked their first day of testing and we caught up with the pair to discuss their 2013 season, the change in machines, and their goals for 2014.
First off, let’s start by talking about the switch to KTM. How are you taking a liking to the Austrian brand?
I’ve always liked KTMs. I rode them for a while as an amateur, so it’s a pretty easy switch for me. I’m just excited for the change and even more so to look at an orange fender now.
There has to be quite a bit of a difference between the Suzuki and KTM, right?
Yeah, the chassis is completely different, because you have a steel frame on the KTMs, the electric start on these is sick and the hydraulic clutch is great, too [laughs]. So, yeah, there are quite a bit of differences between the two makes, but I’m pretty comfortable on them right away so I’m pretty excited.
As you said, a few years ago you were on KTMs as an amateur. Obviously the bikes have changed quite a bit since then, but has your experience with them back then benefited you now when it comes to testing and practicing?
Maybe a little bit, but it’s still a completely a different bike from my days as an amateur. I never rode Supercross on KTMs back then, so I’m glad that I have a good amount of time to get things the way I want them because I’ve ridden Suzukis for the last three seasons. I’m excited for the change and pumped to be riding something new and different.
You injured your foot towards the end of the outdoor season. Can you emphasize what happened for those that don’t know?
I ended up having to get surgery on my foot after Lake Elsinore. I basically went down at Unadilla and flared up an old injury. So once Elsinore wrapped up I went in for surgery to have everything fixed. This is my third time riding since the final outdoor round, so I’m still getting a feel for how my foot has healed up.
Did you break it again?
No, I didn’t break it again. The bone I had broken from a while ago had healed weird, and my crash at Unadilla kind of aggravated things in my foot, so surgery was just corrective.
Did you finish up to your expectations for outdoors and Supercross as far as results go?
Supercross went really well! I got my first main event win, so needless to say, that was incredible. Outdoors started off kind of slow for me, but I finished up on the podium and from then on I started making progress. However, once we got to Unadilla and I crashed, things just went downhill from then on and I kind of struggled the last few rounds because of my foot.
Last year’s Supercross you had plenty of flashes of brilliance, including your win. Are you expecting to top that for 2014?
Yeah, I have all of the tools and resources needed to be on top, so that’s my goal and I plan to make this a big year for myself.