A3 Supercross interviews: James Stewart, Jake Weimer, Davi Millsaps
by Amanda Woods
A: James Stewart! Winner of the 450 Supercross Main Event! Five wins in a row now! Great night for you!
James: The night was great! I had a decent heat race and a good main event. It was all good. I just had to stay up, and not make many mistakes and avoid the lappers. It was really hard … but I did it … so the night was great!
A: Do you think think the hardest part of the night was just staying out of of trouble, avoiding the lapper’s and all the carnage?
James: Yeah, for sure, especially being the leader. It gets really tough being out front. Those guys are still racing and working hard, and so am I. I don’t even know how far I lapped up to tonight. I think I may have lapped all the way up to fifth place, and those guys are battling too. I think it was all good though, I stayed up, I didn’t go down, and that’s all I wanted to do.
A: Does it get more dangerous the further up you lap?
James: Yeah, especially with tonight, because there was really only one good line. Those guys were battling me, because they were probably thinking, “I’m in 5th place and I’m getting blue flag?” I think a few people didn’t realize or understand it, so it made it hard for them. But for the most part it was all good and most of them did a great job at helping me out.
A: Late in the Main you had a scary moment, you hit someone from behind?
James: Did I? Oh yeah! I actually did hit someone in the main event, and I almost went down! I forgot! Wow, thank you for reminding me of that! Also, I almost crashed in the whoops! It got so slippery when it started raining hard, I just spun completely sideways. But luckily I was able to save those and come out with a victory.
A: Was Chad closing that gap in the end?
James: Yeah, he was on it tonight. He closed it up. He rode really good and if we had a few more laps, he probably would have beat me.
A: It looked like you were playing it a little safe at the very end on the last lap, just rolling all of the jumps.
James: Yeah, I played it safe and rolled a bit the last couple laps, and backed it down a lot. I saw my lead and wanted to play it safe. He (Chad) had me on the fasted lap time and was probably just waiting for me to make a mistake or get caught behind a lapper, then he would have had a chance. But luckily the race is over with, and I rode smart.
A: Your going into San Diego only three points behind for the Championship lead. Congrats and good luck.
James: Thank you Amanda!
A: Congratulations Jake Weimer, You are now the 250 West Supercross points leader!
Jake: Thank you very much. I really am so excited. It’s a tough sport we do, and the last two weekends we have had to battle a bit. Especially last weekend, I felt that my speed just wasn’t quite there, but I was able to pull away with that win. And then you have tonight, … it was really mentally straining and physically straining, it was over-all just a tough night. But it was such a great night for me and for my career. My confidence is just skying and I really couldn’t ask for much more. I know I can do this, I have a shot at the Championship, and I want it. Not only for me, but for the team. We all work so hard, and all in all … it was just a really great night.
A: You came into this weekend with a four point deficit and are now able to walk away with a three point lead …
Jake: We are getting close! We have San Diego this weekend then we have a good month off, then head to Seattle and then to Salt Lake, and I bet you anything this thing is going to be a battle right up until the end in Salt Lake. I’ve never been in this position, it’s my first time ever to be in the hunt for a championship. And I tell you that it is really tough, … it’s a lot of mental strength, and you are always thinking about it. I can say that I think I’m doing a good job at handling it. I’m still comfortable, and I don’t really freak out about it. I’m sure that as it gets closer it is going to get a lot harder. And as we get closer it will get a lot tougher, but as of right now I’m just trying to stay cool and not focus on the points too much, just focus on the races.
A: What are your thoughts going into San Diego?
Jake: I’m really looking forward to it! I’m coming out a day or two early to enjoy the city. However, it’s supposed to be a 60% chance of rain, so I’m not really looking forward to that. As for the race …. I can’t wait to get out there and do this all over again!
A: Davi Millsaps, 3rd place finish – your best of the season! How do you feel?
Davi: I didn’t kill it, but I rode alright, its so much better then being back in tenth. From what I came from the past five races, this race was really good for me.
A: Were some elbows coming out in the last few laps of the race with your team mate Ivan? You guys were battling!
Davi: Nah nah, I actually talked to Ivan about it with him after the race, I said “Listen, I didn’t mean to hit you, I didn’t think I hit you that hard! I was really nervous, … I had a little bit of arm pump too!” But yeah, I couldn’t really stop to avoid hitting him. It’s all OK though.
A: First podium of the season…
Davi: Yeah, first podium (big smile). It was fun for me. A really fun race. It felt really good to be up there and battling with my team mate, and to be riding with Josh Grant. It was fun.
A: Your thoughts on the track?
Davi: The layout was awesome and they did a great job preparing for the weather, but I think they could have done a little more, …. it was kind of rough to begin with. The last five laps when it started raining the track was horrible. It got really slick and tough to ride on, but other then that … it was alright.
A: Your team switched some stuff up on your bike last week, to make you more comfortable on it. Do you think that came into play this weekend?
Davi: Ha ha … yeah, you know I’m a big guy on a little bike, and some of the things they changed on my bike were simple, but have really helped to make it feel bigger for me. That was one of the things that I have felt was holding me back the past few weeks. But what they did worked, and I feel so much better on my bike.
A: With the weather being what it was here in Anaheim, and that track turning into the condition it was, is just walking away from this race an accomplishment in itself?
Davi: You are right. There was a lot of crashes tonight, A LOT OF CRASHES. I almost crashed a few times. There was a lot of scary moments. Too many to name.
A: OK Davi, not only is next Saturday the San Diego Supercross, and Valentines day, it is also a big day in your life … your 21st birthday!
Davi: I can’t wait! 21! Should be a good one. I would love to make it up on the podium again, and I’m going to try my hardest to make that happen!