ANAHEIM 1 IN THEIR OWN WORDS

January 4, 2013
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JUSTIN BARCIA

On his expectations for Anaheim 1…
    “I’m just going to go out there and have fun. I’m looking forward to racing with new guys. There are a lot more races, and I’m looking forward to it.”

On his aggressive riding style…
    “My first years in the 250 class I was overaggressive, but in the past few years I think the way I raced was was fine. I’m going to keep it the same. Clean racing is great. Block passing is always fun for me. It keeps things interesting. Aggressive is one thing, and dirty is another.”


On confidence…
    “The nerves go away when I get to the gate. It’s just another race. I’m looking forward to doing this new thing on the 450. I feel great. I’m riding good, and I feel comfortable. I’ll race how I know how to race.”

RYAN DUNGEY

On his second year with KTM…
    “To have a whole year under our belt, I was able to work the bugs out. We’re going to try to keep getting better. Last year, getting a win in Phoenix, that was really good. I was consistently on the podium and right there in the points hunt. I had a mishap there in the middle of the season, which was a bummer, but I tried to rebound the best that we could. The end of Supercross went well, and then to go on and win the outdoor title was awesome. Between having the success, but also building the bike to be better and better, we made history.”


On getting out of his comfort zone…
    “The level of competition is tough. It’s going to be a tough year. There’s no getting around that. I felt that the offseason went well with testing. Physically and mentally I feel really good. I put in a solid offseason, and I was safe and smart. As for racing, time will tell. Saturday night when we line up, and for 17 rounds, that’s where it’s all going to go down.”

CHAD REED

On his expectations…
    “The last few months have been fun. Right from the Monster Energy Cup I went down to Australia. I did three races down there and got to hang out with the family a little bit. I did what I had to do the last couple of months, and we’ll see if it’s enough here in a couple of nights. It’s a long series. I’ll try to start off consistent and be there at the end, not like last year when I crashed out.”

On his approach to the season as a veteran…
    “When you grow up and you’ve been to a press conference a time or two, it’s funny. As I sit here today, I find it amusing that everyone is all serious. Everyone’s bikes are the best they have ever been, and that they’ve trained the hardest that they ever have. I’m just ready to drop the gate and go racing. I want to go have fun on a dirt bike. As a rookie 250 guy in 2003, there were a lot of nerves going up against Ricky [Carmichael]. It’s not that the nerves aren’t there. It’s just different now.”


On the increasingly deep talent pool…
    “I anticipate it to be a 17 race series, and you’ll have to be there every weekend in order to win. For me, new guys come and go all of the time. It’s evident that Justin [Barcia] is here to stay. He did really well at the Monster Cup. We have a stacked class, but as far as the season goes, it takes being there every weekend. You have to go fast on bad weekends and sacrifice some race wins in order to be on the podium. I’ll just try to do my thing and try to end up in Las Vegas with a shot at the title.”

On his role as rider and team owner…
    “As bad as it was to get hurt last year at a time when I felt I was competitive and had a shot at the title, it really gave me a great opportunity to spend time on the race team and work on inner workings. We had high hopes of being a two rider team, but for now we are stuck with me. I think that we are better as a race team than what we were a year ago. From a rider’s point of view, it makes it easier and more confident.”

JAMES STEWART

On his switch to Suzuki…
    “The offseason went well. It’s hard to say why I chose where I am. The good part is that I chose it. I really dig the team. Ever since I had a chance to ride the bike last year, and then obviously this year, I’ve been in love with it. We’ll have to wait to see and find out what happens [in racing].”

On pressure to win…
    “The clock is ticking for everyone. We’re all trying to accomplish one goal. The last few years was the past. That’s the way that I look at it. I’m sure you guys will tell me everything that I’m doing wrong. There’s no secret with that. I feel like if I just focus on what I’m doing, and we had a good offseason, then I’m doing things right. I’ll let you guys worry about what you need to worry about, and I’ll do me.”


On his previously injured wrist…
    “The wrist is good. I started riding back in October. Everything has been good since then. The wrist was fine going into Unadilla, but then I ended up messing up my finger. We’ve been good since.”

RYAN VILLOPOTO

On coming back from knee surgery again…
    “I think that I’m better. I think that we are all better this year. That’s what we do. We put in the work during the offseason and the speed and fitness gets better. As for me, I think it’s better, along with everyone else up here. The rehab with the knee was good. ACL surgery is pretty minor these days. Once I was able to start riding, things went very smoothly. Monster Cup showed up, and we did what we needed to do. Everyone saw that we made a big suspension change with the bike.”

On his legacy…
    “I don’t necessarily think about that. I set a goal to try and win three championships in a row, but really we’re here at Anaheim 1, there are 17 races, and I’m going to take it weekend by weekend. You can’t look too far in front. Obviously the big goal is to win the title. That’s what’s driving me to get better and hopefully be standing there in the end.”


On having time off from racing…
    “I was bummed to miss the outdoors and defend my championship. There are a lot of good things that come from racing, and good things that come from having some time off. In this sport the only time you get time off is when you’re hurt.”

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