Checking in with Broc Hepler

If the Supercross series came with a reset button, it would have already been pressed quite a few times by quite a few people. One rider who probably wouldn’t mind starting over is Team Suzuki’s Broc Hepler, who has had a roller-coaster season already. After finishing 18 th at the Anaheim mud race, Broc went on to win the Phoenix supercross in dominating fashion. However, bad luck struck again for Hepler this weekend at A2, when he crashed into the back of Ryan Sipes on the third lap of the main, putting him out for the remainder of the race. But despite his recent bad luck and a notable points deficit, Broc still has a positive attitude, and is more than ready to get back to his winning ways.

How is your health after that nasty crash last weekend?

I’m pretty good now. I have a pretty sore shoulder, but I just got back on the bike today and everything feels good when I am riding.

On lap three of the A2 main event, you came over a triple in second, only to find Ryan Sipes sitting on the landing. What went through your head when you saw that?

I never knew anything was wrong until I was in the air. Whenever I saw him, there was nothing that I could really do; I just tried to hang on. It threw me on the ground pretty quick and pretty hard, so I was just hoping to come out in one piece!

How has being behind in the points race affected your motivation?

It definitely bummed me out the night of Anaheim and the whole next day, but there is nothing that I can really do about it. I can’t look at it that way. Someone else made a mistake, and it just happened to hurt me, too. But, I can’t look at that and have it mess my season up. I am looking ahead, and I still want to win. Even if I can’t win the championship, I still want to beat every guy out there the rest of this season so that they know who should have won it.

You were pretty disappointed in how the first Anaheim race went, what happened there?

At A1 I was just a little too confident, especially for how the conditions were. I am a really good mud rider, but once the main came I got a bad start and made some mistakes that really cost me in the mud.

There are several riders in the 125 west series who have the speed to run up front, but Ivan Tedesco’s name seems to come up more than anyone else’s. Head-to-head on a dry track, are you faster than Ivan?

Yeah, I don’t think that is a problem. If you look at any of my lap times when I am on the track, they are right up there with his. In my heat race this weekend I was running him down. We bumped then, and that held me back from beating him in the heat race. But I felt just as good in the main event, and if you watch the tape, he was right behind me on the second lap. I hurried up and pulled away and got into second. But that is when the problems started.

You are one of the favorites to win the outdoor series this year, but there will definitely be some competition. Who is going to be the toughest for you to beat?

I’m not really sure who is going to be my main competition. I think that we will have to wait and see once the East Coast series starts, and see how everyone is riding out there, too. I think that with how my season went in 2004, I am really looking forward to dominating the outdoor rounds. Most of the time, if I got a pretty decent start I could usually work my way up to second place. I just couldn’t ever get first. But with Stewart out of the class now, I really think that I have a good chance of winning outdoors.