The news came in that a current 250 rider, Scott Champion had picked up a Factory 450 ride for Round 8’s Washougal race. I got to chat with Scott about how this all came about and what he plans to do with this new opportunity.
Angela: Scott, I know why this is going to be a special weekend for you, but can you just tell me why?
Scott: This is a dream come true for me to be under the Yamaha tent this weekend, this is what I’ve dreamed about ever since I started racing. With that, I am so excited because not many people get this kind of opportunity. Being a privateer, it’s a daily struggle, so to have a Factory ride this weekend, it’s just hard to describe the feeling.
A: How did you get this opportunity?
S: To describe it best, right place at the right time. The guys were looking for someone to do the 250YZF intro, and I said I would do it in a heartbeat, so I came up to Washougal. We were riding and it was then that Yamaha decided to give me a shot out here this weekend, so I am super excited.
A: There are four Nationals left on the series after Washougal, what are you expecting from the rest of the season Scott?
S: Yeah, the 250 Class has been tough this year with support and bikes, riding borrowed bikes, so it’s been tough to compete at that level with those circumstances but I am excited for this weekend and you never know what will happen, so I am optimistic, we will have to wait and see.
A: Have you rode Factory bikes before and what are some differences you noticed?
S: I have never rode a factory bike and I have yet to get on the Yamaha yet but I am about to go out there in a bit, I am sure I will be smiling the whole time.
A: Getting a Factory ride for the weekend is a huge deal, what do you most appreciate about this experience?
S: I am so thankful for everyone who has helped me to get here and I am so excited that Yamaha is giving me this opportunity. Everyone there at Yamaha is so great, it’s like family over there, they have a good program and I can’t wait to get to racing.
A: What’s been your most valued lesson so far this Motocross season?
S: There’s a ton of things I’ve learned this year and it started with being on the road and traveling to all these races with my girlfriend, it’s been a huge life lesson for sure. We’ve had so much fun but it’s a lot of work as well.
A: You must have a good list of people to thank for being here?
S: I have a lot of people to thank, all my friends and family, my girlfriend Erin and I would like to thank Yamaha for giving me this chance, Answer Racing, my buddy Mike at Revolution2M, he helps me out with all kinds of goods and all those little things that help so much.