You wanted it, so I got it. A little time with Josh Hill! Josh is tied for the lead right now in AMA Supercross Series Championship points!
p.s. Thanks to everyone that submitted questions! You helped make this happen too!
Amanda: You have ridden Yamaha’s in the years before 2010. Is the YZ450 that much different from the past? How does it feel different on the track?
Josh: Yes, this bike is much, much better. Especially with the fuel injection and power delivery. Actually, there is so much better about the whole bike … the handling, the suspension … everything! It’s a lot easier to ride fast on.
Can you set me up with two of those 2010 YZ’s for my garage?
Sorry Amanda – that’s not possible. Same for the fan that asked! Not going to happen!
Who is better looking: you, Larry, or James?
I’d have to say Larry Brooks. He’s a good looking dude.
How are you keeping your pants from falling off these days?
I’ve actually switched gear companies, and I’m with Fox. They try to make sure stuff like that doesn’t happen anymore. I actually found out I have a wheat allergy, and changing that, I lost about 20 lbs in one month. Now you’ll probably see me at the beach a lot more.
If you win the 2010 AMA Supercross series, will you treat the fans to a Goon ride victory lap?
Ha ha! Definitely maybe. Maybe. Who knows – I might do a lot of cool stuff if I should win that championship!
When are you going to get a hair cut?
I don’t have any plans to get it cut. Maybe I’m just lazy. Sometimes I wake up and think it’s the coolest thing ever, and sometimes I wake up and don’t like it. But I know for sure I don’t look good with short hair.
Do you have a preference between supercross and motocross?
I would have to say supercross. like supercross. The tracks are cooler and better. I think they are tougher. It’s not that I don’t like outdoors, it’s just that I’ve always liked supercross better, even growing up. I had a supercross track in my backyard when I was ten years old.
You’ve been the only guy racing for a few weeks on the San Manuel Yamaha L & M racing team – does it feel odd or different to be the only rider?
No. Not different at all. Everyone at San Manuel is so cool … so great … no matter whether James is there or not. There just good people to work together with. It’s really a pleasure, a great environment, and fun to be around everyone.
How much do you ride during the week this time of the year?
I ride Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and work out every day. Sometimes we’ll mix it up when we ride. We play around a bit, doing whips, riding the track backwards. I think keeping it fun is really important. And it’s what makes me happy and want to keep riding. I ride a lot with Josh Hansen, Twitch (Jeremy Stenberg), … there are some other guys … but I know your transcriber isn’t going to understand who I’m talking about – but they know who they are!
My parents live in Oregon. I grew up riding with my dad, and Justin Keeney.
What was your favorite subject in school when you were growing up?
Math. And history. I love history and math actually!
Your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Well, on Sunday after a supercross race I like to do nothing. I just try and chill. I have to try and do nothing, because then it’s right back to ‘work’, and I think it’s good to have at least a small break, even mentally, so we can stay fresh for such a long season. I try not to move – at all! Sometimes I’ll go for a massage.
Do you Twitter?
Yeah, I just found out about it a while ago, like everyone else. I’ve seen some really funny stuff written! And me and my friend started, and we are having a lot of fun, and writing funny things too. I’m not trying to promote anything … it’s just about fun. And I follow a couple guys that write some really funny stuff.
How do you think I’d do in a 450 Supercross Main Event?
Amanda – you’d be in trouble if you showed up in a 450 Supercross Main. A lot of people would be in trouble if you showed up for a 450 Supercross Main! You think you can even make it a lap? I’ve heard about your riding experiences!
As a fan of motocross, and growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, I learned that motocross originated in Europe. MX came to the USA in the mid 60’s. But the top riders were all from Europe. And those riders raced primarily in the 250cc and 500cc World Motocross Championships. Each event was called a ‘Grand Prix’, which is French for ‘Big Prize’.
I was able to go to all the US Motocross Grand Prix events in the USA, starting at Carlsbad in the early 70’s. There was all those ‘big’ names guys racing the 250 & 500 GP’s back then – six time 250 champion Joel Robert, and Sylvain Geboers, both from Belgium. There was Czech rider Jaraslav Falta, racing a CZ. Russian KTM rider Guennady Moiseev. In the 500 class there was ‘The Man’, Roger De Coster – ultimately winning 5 World Motocross Championships for Suzuki. American Brad Lackey, who would in 1982 would become the first American World Motocross Champion. I could go on here …
But back to me getting to my first Grand Prix in Europe. All the ‘big’ GP races and historic race tracks were in Europe. Names like Payerne (Switzerland), Markelo (Netherlands), Pernes Les Fontaine (France), Farleigh Castle (England), Ettlebruck (Luxembourg), Ruskeansantaa (Finland), Sitendorf (Austria), and Namur (Belgium).
There was one reason I wanted to go to Europe and watch a GP. Roger De Coster. He WAS motocross. And what better place to see him race a Grand Prix at than his home GP on the historic circuit of Namur?
So, the trip was planned …. we’re going to Namur! The Belgian Motocross Grand Prix was always held on the first Sunday of August. And we’d also see the final GP of the year the the following weekend in Luxembourg.
So, my friend Jeff (yes, the same Jeff that I snuck into the Carlsbad GP a few years before : ) and I flew to Europe. The cheapest flight I could find was thru Icelandic Air. San Diego to Chicago on American Airlines, and then Chicago to Luxembourg on Icelandic Air. $499. Then we’d take the train from Luxembourg to Namur, Belgium.
The flight from San Diego to Chicago – no problem. Next, get on the plane that’s going to take us from Chicago to Luxembourg. Now, I’m not tall (5′ 9″ when I stand up straight) … but when I sit down on my seat on the airplane, my head was hitting the top of the airplane. Hmmmm … that was a little uncomfortable for a nine hour flight (at the time).
Then, what the airline doesn’t tell you, instead of flying directly to Luxembourg, they stop to refuel – in Iceland! And of course, they make you get off the plane, walk into the airport, and you can only walk into the ‘duty free’ shop! Nice!
We arrive in Luxembourg. First time in Europe. Just taking the bus from the airport to the train station was a trip. Different cars, different scenery, different buildings, different architecture, and then getting to the train station in the center of town – the different languages, the different clothing …. everything was so ‘foreign’. And I was loving every minute of it.
Next, we ride the train to Namur. We get off the train – and there, right in front of us, almost up above us – is the famous ‘Citadelle’. The track is actually up on top of a giant, castle-like fortification, called The Citadelle.
But there it was! The Citadelle! We arrived late afternoon Thursday, decided we would take a taxi to our hotel (about 3 miles away) and then walk back in the morning to check out the track.
Friday morning. My friend and I walk about three miles down to the track. It’s hard to put into words what it meant to us to be there. And to explain what the Citadelle is. And explain what this track is … and the environment all around it.
We could either walk up a long, winding back and forth trail thru the thick woods to get to the top, where the circuit and pits were, or we could take something like a ski-lift up to the top. On the way up – we took the ski-lift. Can you imagine? Taking a ski-lift to get to a motocross track?!? And then, once at the top – the view over the hill – you see two rivers converge into one as you overlook the town of Namur! There is a very old ‘stadium’ type seating that is part of this ‘castle’, that was built hundreds of years ago. They are restaurants and cafes lining the circuit just at the top where the start is, and the circle they make before heading off into the woods. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I’ve heard that the ‘coliseum’ style seating built at the top of the Citadelle used to house chariot races hundreds of years ago.
The track – after they run a small circle around the top, heads off into the woods. And it’s like no other track you’ve ever seen. Parts of it have grass, parts of it are hard packed dirt, parts of the track are so narrow, you could barely fit a bike thru. Parts of the track were so deep in the woods, you can’t even see the sun.
After a little more than half of a lap is complete, the riders drop out of the woods, into the sunlight, and right onto pavement! The street! They race right past another cafe/restaurant, where fans can enjoy their beer or cappuccino. Then they hit a pavement jump, continue going straight, only now they are on a cobblestone road! They make a right hand corner, and go up a steep embankment that’s asphalt! They they continue on a massive uphill with big step up jumps all the way back up to the top of the circuit.
For a motocross fan, Namur is like Mecca. We couldn’t believe we had actually made it to the race track that we had read and dreamed about for so many years. And to be able to see our hero, Roger De Coster, race on his home circuit. It truly was motocross heaven for us two young kids.
At the end of the day, we decided to take the long winding walk back down from the top of the track to the street. It was a dirt walking path, completely encased in the forest. It was beautiful.
We get back to the hotel, walk in the lobby, walk around the corner, and there is …. Roger De Coster! There was a ping pong table, and we (somehow) ended up playing ping pong together. Again, as a motocross fan, … did it get any better playing ping pong with Roger De Coster in Belgium, knowing that he was going to be racing that weekend? Roger explained that he had broken his thumb, but was going to race anyway.
The next morning, us two kids pack our backpacks, and are getting ready to walk the few miles to the track. Roger comes out at the same time, and says ‘Would you like a ride to the circuit?’ Uhhhhh ……. yes! Does it get better than the 5-time World Motocross Champion Roger De Coster giving us kids a ride to the GP? I think we were speechless and didn’t say a word all the way to the track : )
Sunday – the GP. Roger was racing for Suzuki in 1979. He led both motos in the 1979 Belgian 500 GP. He was dominating. Unfortunately, in one moto he had a motor problem, and in one moto he had a flat tire. But was still fast! He would of won both motos easily without having those problems.
Come Sunday evening – we still couldn’t believe it. We had just watched the Belgian GP, but more importantly, we got to experience all that Namur is. And Namur will always be something special in the history of motocross. And in 1979, it was my first GP in Europe.
p.s. The following weekend was the Luxembourg Grand Prix. That is a story in itself, for another time. The Ettelbruck circuit is something special as well – a super long track run on thick grass, with lap times well over 3 minutes.
p. p.s. I asked Roger De Coster how he thought he’d do racing the GP’s today 2010. He said “Maybe in the top 15 or so”. I said “Wow! What do you mean???? You are one of the best riders ever Roger!!!” His reply was ….. “Yeah, well, Lex, I’m over 60 years old now!” Roger is still The Man! And much smarter than me! : )
This week I caught up with Kevin Windham. In the video below, Kevin Windham talks about the Superbowl Champions, the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, his family, his future plans for racing and beyond.
The Superbowl XLIV champions, the New Orleans Saints, have many fans – among them is none other than the number 14 in Supercross, Kevin Windham. While the NFL season started when Supercross was in its off season, Kevin was able to take part in season tickets to his favorite NFL team – da’ Saints. Eventually the 2010 Supercross season got underway in January, which meant Kevin was flying off after those Saturday night Main Events back East to watch the New Orleans Saints Playoff games.
On February 7, 2010 the New Orleans Saints headed to the Superbowl in Miami, Florida and Kevin Windham and his wife Dottie made arrangements to attend this momentous occasion. First, however Kevin had to finish up a Supercross race in San Diego the night before.
Ange: Supercross went ‘Pink’ and helped towards a cure and to raise awareness of Breast Cancer, what do you think?
Kevin: Honda is doing its part, MSR, & DVS is doing some things with hats and stuff and to be a part of it is an honor. Being a professional I think it is important and one of the biggest things we can do is to bring awareness to causes like this, Breast Cancer awareness, which I think is great. I personally know people that have been affected. Being a father, a son, husband and all, I think no one is exempt from this and awareness is a good thing. Every little bit financially helps. Feld, the riders and the teams are doing whatever little bit they can and in the grand scheme of things it is an honor.
You are sitting near eighth place right now, how are you feeling about your season?
Horrible. I am not happy with eighth at all. I had a really poor ride in San Francisco and then had a malfunction in San Diego which took me way out of the points. I think obviously everybody knows I am better than eighth and there is time to get where I need to be. I think the points are fairly tight and obviously I am back a little ways but anything can happen.
Dungey laid down the bike in the first turn, and we have a lot of riders going through some really weird stuff. We are not out of it yet but we need to minimize our mistakes and malfunctions. I thought in San Diego I was in a great position to get on the podium, the top 4 or 5 you could throw a blanket over us, it was that close and it was exciting to be a part of that race and hopefully I can do the same here but make it the entire 20 laps.
How is the family and all those little Windham kids?
Things are great! There is a lot going on at our house. We are starting a new business; Planet Fitness Gyms. I am juggling that and some of the opportunities Dottie and I have had go to different places, raising babies, and oh yeah racing motorcycles as well. You know it is all good and fun as my kids are between seven and four months old right now, so parenting is starting to get exciting.
You got a little bit of push from the seven year old with the talking back and then we have the complete infant baby stage, with Elizabeth our littlest one. It is a wide variety of parenting techniques that are being used in our house right now. It is tough to keep them straight, it seems like I am raising two and two are just kind of running wild out in the yard but, it is so much fun and it is really cool to get home after these long weekends where I have not seen them for a few days. They run up to me and I get thirty minute hugs, it is very cool.
A new business endeavor with Dottie, Planet Fitness Gyms sounds pretty cool Kevin!
Yeah, my wife and I are planning to open up a few Planet Fitness gyms in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area and we are really gearing towards the future. I have said that 2014 would be my retirement plan and obviously some good times have to happen between now and then for me to go four more years. Obviously not falling and hitting the ground and being able to keep your job in this industry, which has been tough the last few years. That is my goal and it is significant to me because my number is 14 and 2014 is also my twentieth season of professional. That is the goal for now and at this point it is very important for us to find out what we are going to do to keep us busy after racing. Right now it is opening Planet Fitness Gyms.
I know there must be a bunch of people that you have to thank that help you day to day.
Yeah, I could not be here without the Geico Powersports Honda Team. The economy is tough on a lot of these teams and my team is sticking strong and they are a great team to be representing. I have DVS, MSR, Spy, Shoei Helmets, Gaerne Boots, Amsoil, and Planet Fitness have all been instrumental in both the team and helping me. Planet Fitness is also helping in this new business endeavor. There are a ton of people that come together to make this thing happen and it is always a pleasure to be a part of this sport and we will keep it going for four more years.
Updated March 8h. Team Dunlop has begun announcing riders on www.teamdunlop.com until Lake Whitney kicks off to celebrate its 2010 roster of national sponsored riders.
These 18 top amateur racers and future stars are carefully selected by Dunlop race staff based on race results, rider character, hometown region and OEM brand. These riders represent Dunlop Tires at AMA national amateur racing competitions and many other events across the country. All 18 Team Dunlop National riders receive the highest level of support available from Dunlop for amateur racing activities and are viewed as role models for the thousands of Dunlop support riders from all across the nation. Being a part of the Team Dunlop National squad also offers riders the opportunity to be featured in national Dunlop advertising campaigns throughout the racing season. They each have their own rider profile pages on TeamDunlop.com with photos, video, and results.
Adam started riding a motorcycle at age 3 and hasn’t stopped since. Even at such a young age, it quickly became his passion and something he knew he wanted to pursue in the future. Adam has enjoyed much success throughout his 10 year career. Winning Loretta’s in 2005, at age 8 ,is Adam’s most exciting and memorable moment. There have been many other highlights for Adam over the years which include: Most Outstanding Rider at the World Grand Mini’s, The Fox Bronze Boot, double titles at Loretta Lynn’s in both 2007 and 2009. Each of Adam’s 64 titles is important to him and his racing career. Even though training becomes more intense, as the stakes get higher in the older classes, Adam is driven by his love for the sport and his desire to win. It is his dream to continue riding and racing professionally in the years to come. The thought of being on the starting gate at Anaheim 1 puts a huge smile on Adam’s face.
Sean Cantrell #37 Hometown: Newbury Park, CA 2009 Bikes / Classes: KTM 65 (7-9) 2010: KTM 65 (10-11), Suzuki 85
Last year was great for Sean! He was in the 7-9 65 class on his KTM. Sean trained hard and his hard work paid off with titles at Oak Hil, World Mini’s, and Loretta Lynn’s. He also made All-Stars in baseball and soccer. Sean says school is very important to him and he’s proud to be on the honor roll. This year he’s very excited to be riding his Thousand Oaks PowerSports KTM 65 again in the 10-11 class as well as being on the Rockstar Suzuki amateur team on his 85 Suzuki. Sean’s very proud to be apart of the Dunlop team again this year, it is a great program with great friends. Goals for 2010? To remain on the honor roll at school and continue training hard hoping that it will help him win a few more Nationals!
Here are the next two members of the 2010 Team Dunlop National Team.
Chase Sexton will be competing in the 65 10-11 class on his new Factory Team Cobra and in the 85 9-11 class on his Rockriver Powersports Yamaha in 2010. He’s very excited to be on the Dunlop team again with the awesome support received and new friends made last year. Winning the 7-9 65 class title at the Mini Olympics was Chase’s pick for best moment of 2009. Recently, Chase has begun training with Trey Kelly in South Carolina. It’s a long haul from Illinois but he is loving it. Winning championships and having fun are Chase’s goals for this season. In his free time, Chase enjoys riding bmx, wrestling, and snowboarding.
2009 was a record breaking year for the rider from Orlando, Florida, Jordan Bailey. In his young career, Jordan he has won 20 National Titles including two Loretta Lynn Championships. Jordan, with the support of his family and sponsors, looks forward to a Blessed 2010.
Amanda Maheu #51 Hometown: Clinton, Utah 2009 Bikes / Classes:Yamaha YZ 85 (Girls 9-13 Women 12 + and Supermini) 2010:Girls 11-15, Women 14+ Supermini and Schoolboy
Amanda started racing at the age of 7. She raced locally until 2005 when she attended the WMA cup at the Cycle Ranch in Floresville, TX. In 2008 she qualified for Loretta’s in the Girls 9-13 class and took third overall her first time at the ranch. 2009 was a great year for Amanda, she trained hard and remained focused. She won her first national title at Lake Whitney in the Girls 9-13 class, placed second at Oak Hill and went 1-1-1 in the Girls 11-15 class at Loretta Lynns. This year she will be competing in the girls, womens, supermini and schoolboy classes on her Rock River Powersports, Dunlop, Fly, Roost mx Yamaha’s. Amanda also plays softball and volleyball and has made the all stars in softball four years in a row. She’s very honored to be on the Dunlop team and looking forward to the 2010 season.
Stilez has been racing since he was 2 years 9 months. He started racing quads and progressed to dirt bikes. At 4 years old he was awarded three quad championships and one motocross championship. California Motorcycle Association named Stilez 50cc Quad Rider of the Year in 2006. Starting in 2007 Stilez focus was Motocross. During 2007 Stilez raced numerous Southern California series along with 2 motocross nationals. As a four year old Stilez qualified for Loretta Lynn’s in both the 4-6 Shaft class and the 4-6 AMA Stock 1 class. During 2008 Stilez attended 5 motocross nationals. The most notable was placing 5th place at Loretta Lynn’s in the 4-6 AMA Stock 1 class as a five year old. With this accomplished, Cobra Motorcycle signed Stilez to their National Team. During 2008-2009 season Stilez won 12 Amateur National Championships. Stilez recently went to the Amateur Open of Motocross in Arizona to see where his speed was on the new bike. Stilez walked away with 3 more titles. Next on Stilez schedule is to head to Texas for the Spring Nationals!
Tanner Stack #382 Hometown: Oak Grove, MO 2009 Bikes / Classes:Kawasaki 65 & 85 2010:Kawasaki 65 & 85
Over his career Tanner has won 6 national titles and numerous podiums. He currently trains with Nario Izzy and Ronnie Tishner in Georgia. Tanner feels blessed to be apart of Team Green and Team Dunlop this year. Recently, Tanner won the golden Olympiad this year in Florida. His favorite track is Vegas, and he plans on riding all the big Nationals in the 2010 season.
Jace’s nickname is ‘Lil Bro’. He is fifteen years old and lives in Charleston, Illinois. He loves motocross and his racing number is 401. Jace started riding a motorcycle when he was four and began his racing career doing flat track. His favorite amateur national is Loretta’s, and his favorite trick is the Whip. His sponsors are Rockstar Makita Suzuki, Dunlop, Factory Connection, FMF, Shift, JMS, Smith, and all other sponsors that come with Rockstar Makita Suzuki. When he is not competing, Jace likes hanging out with friends, playing X-Box, road biking, BMXing, playing basketball, and working out. He tried snowboarding for the first time just a week ago and loved it! He has been training in southern California this winter and feels that it has been really good. Jace’s most notable championships were at the Mini O’s this past year when he won five championships, two Olympiads, and was then awarded the Fox Bronze Boot. His favorite quote is: “Hard work beats talent not working hard”.
Dakota has been working with Colleen and the MTF crew for two plus years now and has been on a rather steep learning curve. We will be looking for him to continue on this path for some time and hope he continues to be a threat in the coming nationals. Dakota had a respectable second place run in the supermini outdoor, and his first title in the supercross.
Kade started racing just before his 4th birthday. The first couple years he raced in a Hare Scramble series while he lived in Canada. When Kade was 6 his dad changed his program to Motocross. Exactly 2 years later he competed at his first Loretta Lynn event. Kade went to a public elementary school until grade 3, when his travel schedule forced him to change to a home school program. He’s currently in the 7th grade. He has two favotie tracks. First, Waldo Motorsports who support him and actually change the track for him when he needs it modified for upcoming events. Also Oak Hill – He likes the track design, preparation and the soil is the best. Chad Reed is his favorite rider for more reasons then he can count. Kade will be involved in the following races this year: Daytona SX (Amateur Day), Lake Whitney AMA Amateur National, Oak Hill GNC Amateur National, Mammoth AMA Amateur National, Loretta Lynn’s AMA Amateur National, TransCan (Canadian National Championship), FIM World Junior Championship, MX Des Nations (Support Classes), Bercy SX in Bercy, France and Mini “O”‘s AMA Amateur National.
How did you get started racing? “My Dad bought me an XR-50 when I was four. I went to my first race at age six. I got smoked! My Grandma bought me a KTM 50 Pro Senior and I didn’t race again until I was seven.” In 2006 Alexander qualified for the Loretta Lynn Amateur National Motocross Championship in the 50cc 7-8 Class. It was his first national ever and he finished 10th. The following year he went back to Loretta’s and won the 65cc Stock 7-9 with an impressive 1-1-1 moto score. His favorite racing moment? “Anytime I am winning (LOL). Seriously it would be the title I won at Loretta’s on the 85 mod, with a moto score of 1-2-1. I had just dislocated my shoulder the week before at Ponca’s and I was worried that I had messed up my chance to make some noise in Tennessee.”