Catching Up With…Tim Ferry

TWMX caught up with Monster/Kawasaki rider, Timmy Ferry recently to see how testing was going, his views on Supercross, and what happened at the U.S. Open.

There is a photo out there of you in the first turn at the U.S. Open making a gesture in Chad Reed’s direction that looks somewhat like number one. What was going through your head at that time?

I was just letting him know that he had made a really bad move. I wasn’t actually thinking about racing at all at the time. I was just happy to be standing on my own two feet. For a minute there, I didn’t think I would get up to race after that crash.

What happened with that crash exactly?

He came in way to hot into that first turn. He needed the holeshot to earn the whole Trifecta award. If I had to do it over, I think I would have chopped the throttle, but I had the holeshot clearly, so I was left with no real option. He was going for the money.

Has there been any previous tension with Chad?

Chad and I have been riding partners, so we ride a lot together. We go back, so I guess it’s like brothers who fight a lot. It’s a reoccurring thing. I haven’t talked to him since the race. I know he didn’t mean to personally take me out. I know it wasn’t malicious, but he could have used better judgment for the sake of all of us. Five or six of us went down.

So were you stewing on it for the duration of the main event? Was what transpired at the end of the race a culmination of frustration built during the race?

Yeah. I was fired up. We had made bike changes and I really wanted to see how it would do over the course of the 20 laps. I thought it would a good test to see if I could get ahead of Weimer, but the handlebars were bent and the bike was messed up. I was hoping to get 20 solid laps in to maintain a good position in the overall.

Speaking of bike changes, how is testing for 2008 going so far? How different is you 08 bike from the bike you raced last year?

Right now we are working on suspension. I have a couple of days under my belt. It’s going well. We are trying to get the bike to turn better because the arenas are so tight. I think we are making so headway. Our bikes are so good anyway, so its good anytime we can improve on them more.

The average person out there may not know the extent of actual testing you guys actually put in. For instance, last year you guys ran one magnesium clamp and one aluminum clamp to help with turning, right?

We have so many combinations. We really pay attention to our bikes. The bike changes week to week, whether its clamps, pipes, or whatever. It’s pretty amazing, when you get down to it, how much you can fine-tune bikes. I am really in to the testing aspect of racing.

How many times have you been presented with a set-up to test and thought to yourself, “this isn’t going to make a difference, then you got on the bike and the change was substantial?

As I have gotten older, I have become more open-minded. Every once in a while they will definitely surprise you. It may not be the difference between winning and losing the race, but it may help the comfort a lot.

Have you come off the track after running a change that did not win you over, then realized when you got back to the truck that your laps were faster?

That actually happens a lot. I have definitely come off the track knowing I wasn’t as comfortable and sure enough my lap times are faster. Comfort isn’t everything, and lap times don’t lie.

What usually take precedence: comfort or lap time?

I don’t go by lap times, as far as the fastest. I have to be able to do that lap time throughout an entire race. Being able to ride the duration of the race is the most important thing.

What is more physically demanding: Supercross or Outdoor Motocross?

Outdoor is definitely harder. When I go to bed after an outdoor race, I know I have been racing. After Supercross I am not nearly as sore.

>As for testing with James Stewart, do you guys confer with each other, or do you do your own thing?

We pretty much do our own thing. We don’t actually test together on the same days. It’s hard for the team to focus on two riders at a time. But during Supercross, we confer with each other a bit more. It is great having a rider like James on your team to talk to about tracks and racing.

Is his bike set-up radically different from yours?

Our bikes are not that far different. He is lighter than me, so that is a factor, but they aren’t radically different. The average rider probably couldn’t tell too much of a difference.

Getting back to this last season, how did the last few Nationals play out for you?

I think they were the most frustrating races I have ever been involved with. From Millville on it was a train wreck. I could not make it through the first turn without some sort of altercation, whether it was going down or getting wrapped up with another bike. I felt like I raced harder at the last 4 Nationals than I did the rest of the year, but it just didn’t play out. It definitely wasn’t for lack of effort, that’s for sure.

What are your goals and strategies for 2008?

I would like to one-up what I did this year. I think I had a good year, but I would like to have a title. I would like to be more consistent in Supercross. I want to gather points early on in the season. Then I want to come out swinging at Outdoor Nationals. I want to prove to myself that I can do better.

Talk a little about Motocross of Nations.

I was so excited to be on the team and to win. The fans were going crazy and my whole family was there. To have all the American and European fans be there, and to dominate the way we did...I don’t think it gets any better for a motocross racer. It was awesome being a part of it.