Courtesy Monster Energy. We had a chance to catch up with Monster Energy’s Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg to talk about tonight’s Moto X Best Whip competition. After talking to him about Taka Higashino’s Moto X Freestyle win last night, party plans for the weekend, and his lack of facial hair, we realized that Twitch is still on it and ready to come out and defend his X Games Gold Medal in Moto X Best Whip.
After Taka Higashino’s win last night, what makes you prouder, Taka winning an X Games Gold Medal in Freestyle or you possibly winning gold tonight in Best Whip?
“Honestly, last night felt like I won a gold medal. I look at Taka as my kid. I brought him over from Japan four years ago. He lived with me for three years and now he’s been living with Ronnie for the past year and just to help him accomplish his dream like what he’s wanted to do. I wouldn’t be where I am today without dudes helping me out. I looked at Taka as like his dream was to make money riding dirtbikes, and to win a gold medal at X Games, and I’ve helped him do both. I kind of got choked up last night in the suite watching him and I started getting a little tear in my eye. It’s like watching my kid accomplish his goal right now. I was so pumped for him. Just to be a part and to help him get to his dream, that was enough for me right there – I was pumped!”
Did you celebrate his win last night?
“Nope! We gotta ride tonight. I just chilled. I talked to him this morning and he said he woke up at seven this morning to search his backpack because he didn’t think he won. He was looking for his medal the whole time in his backpack. Then he was like oh no way, it wasn’t a dream! He was so excited and I’m just pumped to see him succeed here. Two months ago I was thinking, Taka is winning X Games, I totally know. Dreams do come true from hard work.”
Do you think being a Monster Athlete helps in the popular vote for Best Whip? We’ve even heard of other celebrities sending out tweets in your support!
“Yeah, I’ve got Snoop Dog tweeting for me, Travis Barker, Paul Wall, Slim Thug, Nelly … I’ve got everyone promoting for me! It does help to be a Monster Athlete and the one thing too is that people think of it as a popularity contest, but I always take time to talk to my fans and that’s why they like me. So when I ask them to do something, they do it. Like most of these guys make fun of their fans, but I take the time because I remember being that little kid asking for autographs at supercross, so I always take time out for my fans. If it wasn’t for the fans, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing today.”
After getting injured at last year’s Speed & Style competition, what are your expectations or goals for this year’s event?
“My big expectation this year for Speed & Style is to leave here walking on my own! Last year I was in a golf cart and a wheel chair for about seven months. My ultimate goal is to go get a medal for sure. That’s what my sponsors pay me to do and that’s what I want so I’m gonna go for it this year.”
What are the party plans for this weekend?
“We will see how the weekend ends up and then we will see what I end up doing. I’ve got a pregnant wife and three kids, so we won’t be partying too much!”
Are they all out here supporting you?
“Yeah, they are all here!”
So we saw you on TV last night with a mustache, what’s up with that?
“Well I’m 30 and I can’t even grow facial hair and I can’t even connect my sideburns, so I’m gonna have to use the fake one!”