The 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 250 Championship has seen a number of different moto winners, and the championship is still up for grabs as we head into the final three rounds. The championship may be out of his reach now, but that’s not going to keep Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Red Bull/ KTM’s Jessy Nelson from swinging for the fences. We caught up with the the number 28 this afternoon to talk about his outdoor season, his plans for the final rounds and what his plans are for the weekend off.
By: Casey Davis @air_d617
Let's talk about outdoors. How has the season been treating you as we near the final few rounds?
The season has been treating me pretty rough, I'd say. I mean it's aways rough because it's outdoors (laughs). As far as results, It's been alright. I've tied for podiums and I've tied for second overalls. I've had some good motos, but I've also had some bad ones. That's all part of it, though. I want to be more consistent! I've had a few bad rounds and it just felt like I couldn't get through it. I'm trying to turn that around, so hopefully the last three will be good to me.
This is your best outdoor season, yet. What are your plans for the remaining rounds? Are you looking to come out swinging?
Oh yeah, I'm definitely looking to come out swinging. I've been working hard, but it just sucks when you put so much time and effort into training, riding and everything else and it doesn't pay off on the weekends. Sometimes that's just how it goes. I mean you can do too much in one direction and not enough in the other. I'm learning from it so that I can come out swinging and end up on the box again before the season is over.
You talked about your inconsistent finishes. Is there something you're working on during the week to eliminate that?
No, not really. We've changed up our program a little bit here and there, but we're pretty much sticking to what we normally do. I mean there were a few weeks were the traveling prior to the races got kind of screwed up, and I think that might have played a factor in my overall results. Either way, you've got to deal with adversity.
You guys have another break in the series this weekend. Any big plans?
Friday, I might take a day off. Maybe go down to Stance and see my buddy Mikey. Saturday I'll probably go ride and then I'll have Sunday off. I'll be riding Monday through Thursday and then head out to the race on Friday.
Now that some of your competitors have gone back to the East Coast to ride and train, Do you find yourself maybe loosening up a little bit since the weekly stopwatch nationals have eased up a little bit?
(Laughs) No, not really! There's always some kid that's fast at their local track and they want to remain the fastest guy. The stopwatch nationals are just ridiculous. Sometimes you just have to say to yourself, "Scew it! I don't want to end up on the ground because this guy is willing to throw his season away to go fast at the local tracks." I think being smart during the week is something that everyone should keep in mind. You never know when you could hit the ground and then it could be over for you.
We've noticed that at the local So.Cal. tracks where you practice, yourself and your teammate, Mitchell Oldenberg, are always chasing each other, as you do long motos. Constantly being chased or chasing someone else, talk about how that's beneficial on the weekends.
Yeah, I think it helps out a lot. That consistent pressure is what makes you faster. You may think you can do the same when you ride by yourself, but you're always going to push a little harder if you're riding with someone. It's that competitive edge! I think it's good to have a riding partner and I think it's good for Mitch, too. Some days he's flying and other days I'm going good. I guess it just depends on who was having a better day.
Lets talk about that 125 of yours. Where is that thing?
It's at home. I just got some new calipers for it and I'm doing a few other minor things, as well. I actually have a project bike that I've been working on over the past two or three years, and it should be done in the next couple months, so I'm pretty excited. It's not a KTM, but it's a 1984 125.
It's no secret anymore that you lost your thumb in a crash when you were an amateur, and that you now ride with a prosthetic. How do you go about pulling a tear-off? Do you use your index finger and the prosthetic?
Yeah, I do it as if I still had a thumb. I just pinch my index finger up against the prosthetic. It's really the same as everyone else. It's a little tricky and it took me a while to get used to it, but I got it down now.