With the first two rounds of the Supercross Futures rounds in the books, one thing has become very clear, Pierce Brown has some serious talent on an indoor track. The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM rider won the opening round in Glendale and then backed it up with another win in Anaheim, earning him the necessary points to turn professional. We caught up with Brown at the Anaheim round to get his take on the Supercross Futures series, find out more about his plans from here on out, and find out what it is about Supercross that clicks with him so well.
Last weekend, I talked to a handful of your competitors, and the one thing they all said was, ‘I think Pierce could easily win these races,’ and then you went and did just that. Does riding Supercross come naturally to you?
I’ve always been more of a jumpy rider. I used to always love hitting big jumps when I was on 65s and 85s, so when I got on a big bike I was champing at the bit to get on a Supercross track. I’ve been riding Supercross for a couple of years now, and I just feel like my riding style fits the Supercross track just as good, if not better, than an outdoor track. That’s what I like about it.
Do you enjoy the track design for Supercross Futures, or do you like it even more technical?
The track for Anaheim is actually pretty technical, but I feel that for a series that’s building us amateurs up to go pro, it could be even more technical and a little closer to how it is on Saturday night. I know that half of the obstacles on Saturday are something we would hate on Sunday, but it’s what we need to ride since we’ll be there in a couple of years.
On that note, from your perspective, how important is it to have a series like this?
I think that the whole atmosphere of being in the stadium and getting to race just a few hours after the pros is something that amateurs need. I’m so thankful that to be part of it before I go pro. It’s going to help a lot in the long run. I’m thankful that Feld and everyone else put it together.
How much different is it to be racing in a stadium? It’s obviously not Saturday night, but there are still a lot of people in the stands.
Yeah, it’s not a full stadium, but there are still people in there and you can tell. You can feel everyone watching you. Everything is echoing too, it’s way louder than an outdoor track. It’s hard to get used to, but I like it a lot.
With this being the second round of the Supercross Futures series, how many more do you think you’ll attend this year?
I’m not sure yet. I have three points right now and if I get a top five tonight and add another three points then I should be done and have my pro license – or whatever it’s called now [laughs]. I might do Oakland just for fun, but I’m kind of steering away from it because it’s such a far drive. It’s time to get back to training too.
So once you’re done with Futures, what’s the plan for the rest of the year?
After this, we’ll do Freestone, Underground, then hit the areas and regionals for Loretta’s. We’ll do Mammoth and Loretta’s after that and see how things go.
Do you have a plan for moving up to the pro ranks for Supercross?
I’m not planning on anything right now, I’m just going off of whatever my team manager asks me to do and I’m trying to get ready for when he calls me up. It could be the end of this year, it could be next year, I’m not too sure, but it’s going to be soon so I have to be ready for it!