2014 Utah MX | Talk From The Track
With the final round of the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship taking place at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, I’ve headed north a few days ahead of time to take in Thursday’s press riding session and the first complete look at Team USA for the upcoming Motocross of Nations. But before catching the flight from Carlsbad to Salt Lake City on Wednesday, I stopped by Milestone MX Park in Riverside, California, to watch Malcolm Stewart and Cole Seely’s final motos for the day. Two days at two tracks yielded eight interviews with Seely, Stewart, Ryan Dungey, Ken Roczen, Cooper Webb, Blake Baggett, Dean Wilson, and Eli Tomac, all of which have been transcribed for this post, and set the tone for the final “regular” weekend of this race season.
Coming into Saturday, every thing is on the line. How does it feel, and does it come with any added stress?
I’m trying to keep it out of my head. I have a nice, comfortable lead and am trying to race how I have the whole year. I can’t and don’t want to make any mistakes, and this is all about getting a decent start, not crashing, and staying on two-wheels.
How was it for last weekend to occur the way that it did? You came into the weekend with a seven-point lead and left with a twenty-point lead.
Obviously it was good. The lead lately had gone down, and it was good to get a few extra points.
You’re probably not a guy to count on things before they happen…
Oh, for sure not.
You sound a bit congested. Is everything good there, just a standard cold?
Yeah, I think it is from the airplane rides or the air here. But as long as my body feels fine and I don’t have a flu, it’s okay.
Have you changed your week-to-week program any in these last few weeks? We’ve seen Aldon around much more…
Yeah, and we are taking it easy because we aren’t looking at what will happen three weeks from now, because this is the last race.
Missing Motocross of Nations, correct? Will you compete in any other offseason race, like the Monster Energy Cup?
Yes, missing Motocross of Nations and I don’t think I’ll be doing any other races until Anaheim One.
How will you spend the time off?
I’ll for sure take a break, three weeks off and maybe go to the Florida Keys or something.