There has been a couple of weekends off from racing in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro National Motocross Championships. So I asked a few guys what they have been doing with their ‘time off’. Here’s what Ryan Dungey, Mike Alessi, Marvin Musquin, Jake Weimer, Justin Brayton, and Justin Bogle had to say ….
Amanda, on site
Ryan Dungey, 2010 AMA Supercross Series Champion, 2010 AMA Motocross Champion, and current series points leader in the Motocross class of AMA Motocross: It was nice to have a little break, although we always work just about year around in racing. I did take a few days off and hung out with Lindsay (my girlfriend), and my family. We’ve gone to the lake (nearby), we’ve played some golf, and I’ve had a few nice dinners with some buddies. I’ve also done a few longer road bicycle rides, and then of course, always getting on my dirt bike, working hard, and hanging out with various Red Bull KTM team members afterwards. This coming Saturday is Southwick – we are all looking forward to getting back to racing. It is after all – what we do.
Mike Alessi of the MotoConcepts racing team, currently second in the 450 Motocross point standings. First, during the break we have between Washougal and Southwick, Danielle (my wife) and I spent some time up in Spokane with my team owner Mike Genova and the MCR Team. We went to his lake house in Priest Lake for a few days, then spent some days at Airway Heights raceway for a race that Mike G and his friend Andy put on every year. I also did a few mx schools, and holeshot classes with a bunch of the local kids. It was fun. Anyone who could beat me to the first turn could win $500. Nobody won, but it was still a lot of fun. Now we’ve been back in Florida, working hard, and training for this Saturday’s race in Southwick. Looking forward to getting back to racing.
Marvin Musquin, two-time FIM World Motocross Champion of MX2, originally from France, but now living in California and racing for the Red Bull KTM team. It was nice to have some time away from racing, although you know that we all love racing. During the break my wife (Mathilde) and I went to the MotoGP race in Laguna Seca. It was a blast! It was such a great experience Amanda! I would like to say thanks to Red Bull and Alpinestars – I had the opportunity to ride one lap on the track on the passenger seat with Randy Mamola (13 time winner in FIM Motorcycle Grand Prix Racing). A great and unforgettable experience! I also got to go on the podium to give the trophies to the manufacturers and the third place racer (Dani Pedrosa). I met some new athletes in a different sport and It was fun to compare their sport to motocross and supercross. I was really surprised that all these great riders follow motocross and supercross and knew what is going on in our sport! On the break I’ve also been doing a lot of training. The championship is not over and it’s not time to relax and be lazy! Ive also had time to spend with friends too, which is good, but nothing crazy! Looking forward to getting back to the races this Saturday at Southwick!
Marvin Musquin with his wife Mathilde, and looks like Randy Mamola!
Jake Weimer, 2010 AMA Supercross West Regional Champion. Amanda, surprisingly, I’ve been quite busy over this break. It’s good physically to get away from racing and traveling, but also it’s what we love to do. If the schedule said do it every week – we’d all be doing it every week! After the last race in Washougal, I flew to California to do testing for a week. Next I went up to Idaho for my friends’ wedding. And now, I’m back in Florida, working as hard as I can to get myself and my riding at 100% for the next race. Our next race is this coming Saturday, at Southwick. As you know, Southwick is a different kind of track than we normally ride – it’s definitely more sandy, and definitely gets quite rough. You must be in good condition to do two motos there. Right now it’s supposed to be around 75 degrees, with possibility of some rain or thunderstorms. I’m sure you remember last year – it was a hurricane! So, I have been busy – but I can’t wait to get back to racing this Saturday!
Jake Weimer at the Motocross of Nations
Justin Brayton, rides for the American Honda Muscle Milk team in the 450 Motocross class. It’s nice to have a break – we basically go full speed with our schedule since before the first supercross back in January. I can only race the races on the schedule, so although I’m training and riding, my parents flew to Charlotte, and we hung out a bit. We did different things, like fishing, go karting, and of course – BBQ’ing! My parents even went riding with me a couple of days too. This week though, it’s back to the normal training program. It was nice to not have to travel, but back on the bike, back training hard, and ready to get back to racing!
Justin Bogle, in his second professional year, races for the GEICO Honda team. I have to admit, I didn’t do a lot that maybe some others might of done. I don’t get crazy and do things out of the normal. I’ve been looking forward to the race at Southwick right after the race was over in Washougal! I’ll tell you what I have done – I’ve spent a lot of time in Oklahoma at Reynard Raceway, basically riding and training. That’s what I like to do, that’s what I want to do – be the best racer I can. So I did use the break as a chance to get better on the bike, and get in better conditioning. I have to admit one more thing … I did go home and let my mom make a nice home-cooked dinner for me!
Southwick results and points will be here on Supercross.com – http://www.supercross.com/ama-motocross-race-results