JUNE 15—DOUG HENRY INTERVIEW

June 15, 2005
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Troy Lee, famed helmet painter and owner of Troy Lee Designs, put on a soiree last night at the uber-tech Oakley facility to showcase his movie entitled “2 Laps 2 Go.” The movie, which highlighted the 2004 Supermoto series, starred team riders Doug Henry, Jeff Ward, and Chris Fillmore.

Henry, as all moto scribes and eclectic fans alike should know, was and has been ?The Man’ (although not to be confused with Roger Decoster or Ricky Carmichael). Doug’s latest feat has been finishing in the top five at Southwick, a track where he spent his childhood summers basking in the sand and sun, fine tuning his amazing sand surfing skills. We caught up with Henry just before the movie aired for the first time publicly, and here’s what he had to say.

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Congratulations on a great race at Southwick. Other than the obvious reasons, why did you decide to race at Southwick once again?

I wanted to do it in order to keep my number and it’s also a good excuse for me to stay in shape. That’s pretty much it I guess [laughter].

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You’ve been building your own house in Massachusetts for quite some time. How is that project progressing?

We’re living in it but it’s not complete. We still need to finish quite a few things on it, but we haven’t been working on it too much. We kind of got tired of working on the house so we’re just trying to hang out, ride, train, and spend time with the kids. The house is on the backburner for now.

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Can you tell us a little bit about Troy Lee’s movie “2 Laps 2 Go”? After all, you’re one of the stars.

Nope [laughter]. I’ve only seen the trailer. I had a rough copy of the movie but Troy told me not to watch it because it wasn’t complete. I guess basically it’s a documentary about our 2004 race series. It also goes back into the past and how we got into the sport, I think.

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What are your plans for the summer?

Supermoto is my main goal. I’ll still be doing some races here and there between Supermoto, at least whatever I can figure in the schedule.

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Are you talking about motocross, off-road, or something else?

Yeah, probably just local races. I was really interested in racing the Unadilla National because that’s a really fun track, but we have a Supermoto race that same weekend. I guess I have to just wait and see.

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How was Southwick on your body?

Oh, I’m still sore! It was tough, but that’s my season. I go race Southwick and then I’m done. I was a little disappointed in my speed and I didn’t feel I had very good speed this year, so I was kind of bummed out. I am happy with the endurance that I had, and even though I didn’t have those few laps where I broke away from the pack, I was able to go steady. I looked at my lap times and I had pretty much the same lap times the whole race, where a lot of the other guys started out really fast and at the end were considerably slower.

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So does that mean you’re coming back to racing full-time?

[Laughter] No. Not that I know of.

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Can you compare the speed of the competition over the past few years?

I don’t think so. I look at John [Dowd] and he rode pretty good this weekend. Ricky Carmichael is unbelievable and Chad Reed is almost matching Ricky’s pace. John is off the pace compared to when he was at the top of his game. I don’t know, the pace is definitely fast, but I wouldn’t say it’s faster now.

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Will you be racing any more GNCC races this year?

I don’t think so, but I haven’t looked completely at the schedule. I know that I looked at the Unadilla National because that track is so close to my house, but I don’t think it’s going to work out.

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What are your plans for next year?

I’m going to be doing the same thing. I honestly wouldn’t do a full series of GNCC. I want to do another year of Supermoto and I love racing Supermoto. The other stuff is fun, but I wouldn’t want to focus all of my attention on GNCC’s or motocross or supercross. Now to hit one race here and there is a blast, but Supermoto is where I focus.

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Wait a second; are you going to race a supercross next year?

I don’t know [laughter]. You never know.

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And our final question for you. How can Supermoto grow as a sport?

It would be nice to get some more big names in the sport; that would really help. It would also be good to have the racing at venues where there are people already there. Things like Road America where there were a lot of people and press helped. Maybe if we could tag onto somebody else’s program for a while so that we could build up the big names, rivalries, and hype. Then I think we’ll have a really good series.

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