Jason Anderson: The Countdown

With a few years of experience and a main event win under his belt, many have pegged 2014 to be Jason Anderson’s breakout year. The Rockstar Energy Racing KTM 250 rider is slated to ride the already-stacked West Coast championship, but from what is seen in his preseason speed, he should have no problems holding his own with the 21 racers on the gate. While at the KTM test track, Anderson discussed what goes through his mind in the days leading up to the first flag at Anaheim on January 4th…

Preparation…

Putting in laps and doing starts and the other fun stuff at the track during the week is all that you can do to be ready for the races. Nothing has changed since October 1st. As long as you think about the big picture, about A1, getting ready, and that going in prepared will make your life easier, you don’t get too bummed about doing the same things. You want to be the guy that has the least amount of mistakes.

You don’t really see what it is going on at the other test tracks, so it doesn’t bother me. I am just focused on what I am doing.

The risk of injury during the offseason…

I have done the same thing for the last three years and have been pretty good. I think I need to stay within my zone and progress at my own rate. This year hopefully I am killing it, but even if I do crash, I feel like I am a good crasher so I’d be okay [laughs].

Competition…

It’s hard to single someone out in particular, but I definitely think that everyone will be going fast. I will be ready, and that is all I am worried about now. As long as I put in my laps, I will be up there and hopefully be one of the guys in the hunt.

Riding at different test tracks…

The KTM track in Corona is quite a bit different than our track at Milestone, so it is good to ride on something different. I think that this is a little more spec, you could say, but I have ridden enough Supercross that it doesn’t really matter. You get used to a track so quickly, that sure you may have a couple of squirrelly moments on your first laps, but it is nothing new.

Working with Jeff Ward…

Working with Jeff has been awesome. He has been getting me ready and keep me calm. He goes to the gym with me and is a cool dude to have, so I am pumped that he is a part of my program. He knows the top of the sport really well because he has been there and helped people get there, too. There is not really one thing that he focuses on. I put in all of the work with my laps and road rides, and he helps me get stronger. I think I was at a point where I was struggling the last couple of years, but I have the whole package with him and Coach Seji and we should be a threat.

With the Christmas just days away, we asked Anderson what he hopes for underneath the tree.

I’m kind of a cheap ass when it comes to buying myself stuff, but for Christmas I want…

1. A laptop.
2. A Playstation Four or the new XBOX
3. Clothes

If my parents can get me any of that, I’m cool with it [laughs].