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RollinSD At The San Diego Supercross

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RollinSD visited Qualcomm Stadium to meet with Team Red Bull/ KTM and it’s riders.  The gates opened at noon and there was a lot of press surrounding the riders present.It was my first time meeting with the Supercross riders and I didn’t really know what to expect. I expected it to be a bit rowdy and I was kind of thrown off.  I had spoken with Christy LaCurelle who is in charge of PR for Team Red Bull/KTM and she set us up with interviews with two of their stud riders Andrew Short and Ken Roczen.

We asked Andrew Short a few quick questions.
Tell about your most memorable race and what made is special? It was Las Vegas East/West  Shootout in 2003.  I wasn’t even thinking about winning so it was so cool to get the win and it was also my first win.

Why do you love racing supercross? I am living my dream and getting paid to live it.  How can you not love that?

Going to different tracks means making changes to the bike, what’s your main focus on setting up your bike for the track? The biggest thins is to make sure your comfortable at the start of the day.  Once you are comfortable on your bike you can worry about the race and let your instinct take over.

Supercross is a dangerous sport, what your biggest fear during each race? I never this about that stuff.  Racing is controlled chaos.   Sometime I think about it after a close call- but you can’t focus on the negatives.

Do you have any advice to young riders looking to go professional? Try to have fun with the sport and if you live it the rest will come.

Why did you decide to sign with the Red Bull/KTM Team? For the people on the team, the opportunity to try something new and exciting with a band/manufacturer that I feel is moving forward in the sport.  They think outside the box and will try new things.  They are not set in their ways.

When asked what it’s going to take to get a victory this weekend, he said “Rider safety is the biggest concern, not only him but every other rider on the track.  You have to sort of anticipate what each person is going to do.” As long as he stays safe out there this weekend, this promising young star should be a head turner.

We also had a chance to sit down with Ken Roczen. He is a 16 yr old here from Germany racing in our Supercross Series.  Back home he races GP which is the World Series of dirt bike racing.

Ken, what is it going to take to get a victory out there this weekend? Rider safety is the biggest concern, not only my safety but every other rider on the track.  You have to sort of anticipate what each person is going to do and let your instinct take over.   As long as he stays safe out there this weekend, this promising young star should be a head turner.

Ken Roczen how is racing in the US different from in Germany and in Europe? The sport is a lot bigger in the US.  Where I grew up there were not a lot of riders.

Do you plan on just racing in the US or are you going to go between? I plan on racing in the US and in the World Championships. I will race here and also fly over seas to race in Europe.

This is a rough sport.  How many bones have you broken? Oh man. I don’t know but a lot.  Do you ever get scared when out there? No not at all.  If I raced with any fear I would have hurt myself 10 times more than I have.  You have to let instinct take over and be focused and relaxed at the same time.

We might get some rain in the next day or two.  How will that effect your riding? I am hoping it stays dry.  We all have more fun and put on a better show when the track is in good shape.  The crews here are very good so even with rain the track will be in great shape.

Thanks to team Red Bull/KTM for taking the time to talk with us.  Here are a few photo’s taken of the riders on press day.




John is a badass motha fucka

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