We cannot wait for the off-season to end. Yeah, time at home with the family is nice and we don’t miss the loving hands of the TSA, but this no racing thing is getting old. Luckily, two holidays, well three if you count A Day in the Dirt, will make the weeks leading up to A1 fly by.
To tease us with just how close the new year is, MX Sport released the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship schedule last week. 12 rounds will have us criss-crossing the nation all summer, and two new venues will give the series new breath. Ready to plan your summer vacation? Take a look at the schedule and fill up the Wagon Queen Family Truckster. http://motocross.transworld.net/1000138830/features/mx-sports-announces-2013-lucas-oil-pro-motocross-schedule/
The rumblings of the off-season have been rather quiet this year, despite the potential for major news. Dean Wilson is still not confirmed to any team, though rumors of a retreat back to Pro Circuit seem strong. Every racer seems to be keeping low-key, but we expect that to change with the new month.
Just after posting this, Dean Wilson confirmed that he will be back with PC for the 2013 season. No details, such as a class or coast, have been announced, but at least we know what awning to find Deano under next year.
Need to fulfill the urges of holiday cheer and helping? Sign-up for the numerous benefits and activities taking place in the coming weeks. The first annual “Tee Off For Trevor” golf tournament is set to take place Monday, December 10th, at Legends Golf Club in Temecula, CA. Or hit Piru for the Mike Shoemaker Ride Day taking place Saturday, December 1st. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the Shoemaker Family. Riding fee is $25.
For more on the Autism MX “Tee Off For Trevor” golf tournament, visit http://autismmx.com/Golf_2012.htm
MARVIN MUSQUIN : 2012 IN REVIEW
With his first full season in the States now complete, Marvin Musquin has a mountain of events to look back on. A good yet difficult at times Supercross season led into the summer, which came with its own list of issues and accomplishments. Musquin quietly began the season with a broken and plated hand, but by August the Frenchman had claimed an overall win at Unadilla. Numerous podium finishes, fast laps, and said win make Marvin’s first full season a success.
Now that you are back in the States after your time in Europe for the des Nations, how are things going?
Really good! Me and Mathilde are really happy to be back. We really enjoyed the time off after the Motocross of Nations in Europe and we stayed in France, but we are definitely happy to be back here since the weather is nice here and this is where we live. We have everything for training and that is why I like it here. I just miss my friends and family, but otherwise everything is going good. I just started riding the new bike and it is really awesome. I am looking forward to next year.
We haven't seen you since des Nations because you have been staying low key, but how did your year go?
I would say 50-percent of my goal. In Supercross, it went pretty good and I had a couple of good races, but I had just one or two DNFs. Outdoors, I started the season with a hand injury and the first few rounds were tough for me. I was getting better and better at the races, so it was tough. I finally got a win at Unadilla and then a podium. Before Unadilla, I had a couple of good races but no overall podiums. This season, with the riders going really fast, was tough. Motocross was so-so and Supercross was better.
Were you overwhelmed at all by your first full season in the United States, or was it pretty much what you expected?
It is hard to say. Last year I was injured and I only raced a couple of outdoors, and Supercross was new to me in America. I'm pretty happy with what I have done, because a couple of second places are pretty good. I feel like I have good speed and good bikes, but outdoors, I didn't expect this level. Tomac, Baggett, and Barcia were really fast but I am looking for next year to get stronger. That is what I need, to get stronger, because outdoors is tough with the heat.
And that is something you are not used to, like the humidity.
The humidity is not bad in Europe, so that was tough, but there are no excuses. That is why I am here.
How did winning Unadilla feel and was that a milestone for your career?
It was a really good day and I enjoyed it. The track was so fun and technical, rutted and wet in the morning. In the first moto, I ended up second behind Kenny (Roczen) and for the first win of the summer was great, but I felt like I was capable to win that moto. In the beginning of the motos, I was too shy and Kenny passed me and got the lead early. I was in third and I knew that Tomac and Barcia were in front of me, but in the first moto, they were out of the top five. I knew it was going to be good for the overall, and it was really nice to get the overall. But, I didn't get any moto wins and got the overall. It is kind of weird, but I'll take it.
How did the des Nations go for you?
I was really looking forward to it, even though it had been a long time since I had ridden sand, around two years. Unfortunately, it was a really tough day and I was not riding like I used to in the sand. I was tight and fighting, but I crashed in both motos. I tried my best, but I was more fighting with myself. That was not a good feeling. Team France rode really good and we were on the podium before the end, but that is the des Nations; anything can happen.
You got to stay in Europe for a bit after the race to have surgery, and for the most part it was the first time your friends and family got to see you and Mathilde since being married. How was that?
That was cool, but we plan to do a wedding in France with our families. We got married here in the US. Maybe next year or something. It was weird, because no one was here, but my family is happy for us. It was good to be back in France to see everybody. Home is home, but now we are living here. It is easier for us to be here.
You have the plate out of your hand that was in at the start of the Nationals, have been home from France for a few weeks, and have been on the new bike. Have you set expectations for 2013 yet and do you know what coast you will be riding?
I'm not sure on the coast yet. Kenny got back in California last week and is just starting to get riding. I have been on the bike for a few weeks and I feel good, but I don't know which coast. The goal next year is to win. We have a really good bike, the team is strong, and I am really focused on practicing to get stronger and faster.
You are resigned to KTM for 2013 and 2014. Does that allow you to ride without the pressure of looking for a team?
In Europe, I signed for two years and here I signed for two years. I don't want to say that it is normal, but when I look at other riders I am like, "Damn, I am not lucky, but I think I deserve it." I have to enjoy it and work hard. When I look at Inside the Outdoors and the first episode, I am like, "Wow." It is tough for riders, but that is the truth. I am really happy and want to do good for myself and the people working with me.
INTRODUCING JOSH CACHIA
Though you may not realize it, if you were one of the million to watch “Dream Ride” by JDR Motorsports, you have already seen Josh Cachia ride. The blonde haired kid that greets Malcolm Stewart at the plane is not a native child hired to guide Mookie through the jungle, but is in fact a ripper in the land down under. Cachia will contest the West Coast 250 Supercross tour for the American branch of JDR Motorsports, and is under the eyes of Nate Ramsey as he learns the ropes.
How has your transition to being in America fulltime gone?
I wouldn't say I am in America fulltime, but I will definitely be here fulltime for Supercross and see how it goes for motocross. The transition has been good. I have been fortunate to come here previous times over the years and get the feel for the things, and now here I am in the big smoke trying to make a living. It's a dream come true really, so I can't complain. Other than missing my country and my beautiful girlfriend and that, it is a little sacrifice for a big reward.
You are pretty young, right, only around 20? How hard is it to be in the United States, essentially by yourself?
For me, not hard. I left home pretty young and I guess you could say I get my shit sorted at a young age. It has been easy. I traveled the world and never really rang mom and dad to get me out of shit. I have just dealt with it and it has made me more of a man. In Australia, if you're not a man, then you don't really stand for anything. And that ultimately has been my goal in life: to be a man and do this kind of stuff without no one's help.
Your American debut was a little rough at Lake Elsinore, to say the least. What have you taken away from being in America for a few months now?
Yeah, that first round sucked. I smashed myself. I knock myself out in the first one, but then I got back on the bike. On the first jump, I went to jump again and I just wasn't thinking right (Laughs). I guess I took away that these guys are mad, just mad as a cut snake. They are the best in the world, no argument, but I am trying to become one of the best. I just need to train and get my stuff together for clean races.
Do you have a lot of American-style Supercross experience?
Yeah. I'm young, but I have been doing this sport for 15 years. I have a lot of experience in Australia. You know, we're not the fastest dudes, but we still have a lot of experience, and we wake up to live, eat, and breathe motocross. We train, but we just aren't the big smoke like these guys. My Supercross experience, it is pretty good. Obviously, there are a lot of other cats out there with bad skills on a bike.
Having the full J-Star team and a guy like Nate Ramsey, do you feel you have progressed a lot with the bike in the few months you have been in the States?
Yeah, 100-percent. Nate is a mad dude and we have grown a relationship. I like him and we get along really well. I think that is the main thing. To get along with the dude who is telling you how to ride, it is a good thing. If you don't, there is going to be a problem.
What are your expectations for Supercross?
I really don't know what my expectations are. I don't want to be a slouch; I want to get good starts and make every main, but it doesn't always work that way, which I found out at Lake Elsinore.
WESTON PEICK : WORLD TRAVELER
How have you been?
I have been good, just getting ready for Supercross with riding and training. That has been about it.
Will it be a full privateer program again for next year?
Yeah, as of now it will be a full privateer program. I am working with some people that have money back in Texas. I am trying to get through to him and build my own team, if it works out. We would have our own rig and be the Peick Racing Team.
You would be in for the full year?
Yeah, if the money comes through, we will do Supercross and outdoors. But, if it is just me as a privateer, I will do just Supercross only, the full 17-stops.
Talk about your weekend in Finland. Congrats on the win.
That was my third time going to Finland. It's cool to go over there, because it has a little bit different atmosphere and is a little better than other countries I have been to. Harri Kullas, a GP rider, and me battled a bit a few times, but I took the win every single time I was out there. It was pretty fun and I made a little bit of money.
With it being European Supercross, racing on tight tracks indoors, do you have to switch your riding style up at all?
I just run it. I show up there and they have a brand-new stock bike there for me. I run it with stock suspension and do what I have to do, hoping that everything works out.
How are the tracks?
The tracks are actually in hockey arenas, so if you can imagine that, just four small lanes in a tiny box. That is pretty much it. The dirt in Finland is like riding on Play-Doh; it gets super rutted and is not fun. The Finnish riders aren't the best, so you have to watch out when you are coming through the pack. You have to watch out when you are passing riders, and you can't even pass them because they are going all over the track.
It seems like a decent payday for a weekend's work; you won 4500 Euros for the event. How much of that goes into your American racing program once it is transferred to dollars?
I actually won about 3500 Euros; they paid me back for my flight when I got there. I came out with about 4400 American Dollars when I cashed out. All of the money I make and that I have ever made goes back into racing. It's not like I have my own personal funds and then racing funds; it all goes in and out of one account.
This will be your fourth year as a fulltime professional?
Yeah, and my third in Supercross.
How has it gone and what would you like to do? You obviously have the skill, as you have shown you can run up front in both outdoors and Supercross. Is there an interest from teams or do you want it to stay just you and your Dad?
I would love to ride for a team. I don't know why I have so much trouble finding a team. I do everything right and my results are always good. I am positive about a lot of things and always get in a get out at the races. I haven't been able to quite figure it out. With the results I had last year and in years before, I still can't pick up a decent satellite team. I just keep doing what I have to do, since I can't control what team managers think or do. As of now, it is just my Dad and I.
Do many satellite teams reach out to you, or is it dead air?
I spoke to a few teams for 2013 that were new teams coming out, but they were trying to put money together. It is not looking like it is promising. It is a weird deal. I have never been called to ride for a team, aside from when I got the fill-in ride with Star/Valli. Other than that, I have never had a call from a team.
In one year you did both the privateer and satellite routes. How much different is it to just show up and race on the weekends compared to pulling everything together?
It is so much easier to fly in, have someone pick you up at the airport, go look at the track, then go to the hotel. It is so much easier than when you are a privateer. When you are a privateer, you'll fly in during the week, have to rebuild the bike yourself, more wear and tear on your body. It is hard doing 17-rounds on your own.
JGRMX 2013 TRAINING
With their 2013 line up confirmed, the JGRMX/Toyota/Yamaha Team is hard at work on their private test track in North Carolina. Check in with Josh Grant and Justin Brayton as they get ready for the new year.
CHAD REED : 2013 PREPARATION
For the first time in years, Chad Reed ventured back to Australia for the Terex Australian Supercross Championship. After missing the majority of the year with the numerous injuries suffered in Dallas, Reedy is racing himself back into shape for A1 by lining up at the Monster Cup and three of the four rounds of the OZ SX series. At the final round of the season at Newcastle, which took place near his hometown, he recapped the 2012 season and what he expects for the new year.