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Improved Jason Anderson secures vital podium at A2

Kawasaki star back on track

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Jason Anderson tackles questions on his much-needed podium, how his Triple Crown was, his early struggles, the wicked Ken Block tribute gear and the Barcia incident.


Words: Edward Stratmann/Press Conference | Lead Image: Feld


Question: The opening two rounds of this year have been rough to put it bluntly. Is it just about minimising mistakes that brought you up on the box or is there anything you’ve really changed with your approach that helped you get it done tonight?

Jason Anderson: Yeah, the first two rounds have been really tough on me. You know just crashes on my own and that first race I obviously had a big crash in practice and then last weekend in San Diego I felt like I was riding pretty good – I was in third with eight minutes to go and kind of in no man’s land by myself – but pushed the front again. And so today even in that last race I had a little bit of PTSD. I really just wanted to be on the box more than anything so to be second is really nice.

I’d really like to build from here and obviously we all want to be where Chase is right now so we’ll keep working hard to get there.

Question: You finally found some clean air you know in the second race and then again in the third – just how much of a relief was it for you to find yourself back out front?

Anderson: I think obviously my starts haven’t been as good as last year. I think the only way you learn to hold that pace up front and really put yourself in position to have successes is to get good starts. I think that’s what we got to do. I mean there’s no if, ands or buts about it, we just got to put ourselves in the position to have success or else you’re in a position to be making mistakes and battling with people.

Question: On the broadcast you mentioned a couple times and even in the press conference tonight about PTSD when it comes to these late crashes and these errors throughout the race. Just take us through that, how that feels and overcoming that?

Anderson: Once you have a little history of making mistakes, you know, and the last couple rounds, it really is tough to be upfront and not think about that. But yeah, for me, my goal is just obviously to get on the box tonight. I was excited to get that win in the second one. I was excited to put myself in a good position in the third one and I’m excited to start moving from here and see if we can keep improving everything. Need to not make mistakes, but at the same time, we got to keep pushing and not let them have it that easy.

Question: Alpinestars did a cool lot of gear for you guys and Eli tonight with the Ken Block tribute stuff. Wearing that gear do you kind of take a little bit more pride in it as you’re wearing it around and does it carry a little bit more weight?

Anderson: Yeah I think it’s cool, you know, obviously Ken Block in motorsports is very iconic and you could see the impact he had just from all of the Instagram posts and everything like that. So for Alpinestars to pay tribute – and obviously we have the very Hoonigan style kit on – it’s cool you know. It’s cool me and Chase are part of a brand like Alpinestars that does really, really cool stuff from time to time you know. Between our gear tonight – I think you even saw Jett’s gear with that collab he did tonight – and yeah I think it’s cool.

Question: We had a field day in the press conference last week over your Tweet with Justin Barcia, which I think you might have taken down. Did that have any impact on your racing for the rest of the night or did you park that by the time you raced last week’s main event and this week?

Anderson: I mean it’s just something that was just like whatever you know. Obviously I did a Tweet and then the AMA came over and asked me to take it down. That was kind of surprising to me so it’s just whatever at that point. I was like I got to focus on this main event and everything so at the end of the day between me and him both of us race pretty hard.

I don’t think either of us have room to complain about any of that stuff that goes on. But, for me, I’m just trying to move forward, I’m trying to be the best me and just want to race. Whatever happened happened, but I just want to keep grinding and obviously we have to leave that stuff behind us to be successful and look forward.

I mean that’s just a part of the mental game that we have to deal with as our career goes on. I guess it was a little entertainment for you guys, but, for us, we’re working hard and we’re just trying our best to be the best us and sometimes it gets heated.

We definitely take stuff personal every time out there on the track because there’s a lot at stake.

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Adam Cianciarulo Archives | Episode 1

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Adam Cianciarulo quickly rose through the ranks, dominating the amateur circuit on #TeamGreen with 11 Loretta Lynn’s AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships. ? AC claimed the title of the winningest youth rider at Loretta Lynn’s – primed for the big leagues on Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki!

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Phil Nicoletti Announces Retirement from Full-Time Racing at End of Season

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Phil Nicoletti, a veteran of 18 full seasons in professional motocross and supercross, has announced his full-time racing career will conclude at the finale of the 2024 AMA season, with the SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX) finale in September. Nicoletti currently rides for the Muc-Off/FXR/ClubMX Yamaha team in 250SX West Region division of Monster Energy AMA Supercross and will switch to the 450 class with the team for the upcoming AMA Pro Motocross Championship and the SMX Playoffs. He’ll continue to put in the work this season and try to provide more memorable moments, either good or bad, in typical “Filthy” Phil fashion.

“I actually made this decision at Anaheim 1,” says Nicoletti. “I rode press day, then I called my dad and told him, ‘It’s over.’ Just a feeling I had. Main thing, I just don’t have it in me anymore to take the chances I need to during the week. It’s not even a results thing, really. On race day adrenaline takes over and I feel like I can continue to be a fifth-to-seventh guy. But this sport is so freaking gnarly, you have to push to your limit every day even in practice. I don’t want to go search for tenths [of a second] on a random Tuesday. It used to piss me off when one of the kids went faster than me but lately, I’ve found myself not giving…a care about it on some days. I’ve loved the grind, but I always said as soon as I don’t want to do that anymore, I’m outta here.”

Nicoletti will attend press day at this weekend’s Nashville Supercross and East/West Showdown, and he’ll field any media questions there.

Phil, 35, raced a handful of pro races at the end of the 2006 and 2007 seasons, then followed that with 17 full seasons as a professional. He’s currently collected 71 total top-ten finishes in professional AMA competition. He scored fifth overall in the 2016 450 Pro Motocross Championship standings, as well as eighth in 2015 250 MX standings and sixth in 2018. In 2018, he also took an overall podium finish at his home Unadilla National. In 2019, Nicoletti ventured to Canada and scored the Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Championship, with the most combined points from Canadian Arenacross, Motocross, and Supercross. After COVID-19 cut the racing options in Canada, he returned to racing in the U.S. full time for 2022, including a return to AMA Supercross. He has since logged 11 top ten finishes in AMA Supercross despite also battling injuries and typical “bad news Phil” luck on the weekends.

Phil, always an innovator, will leave a legacy as the first rider to ever don the new “leader lights” in AMA Supercross when he led last year’s Anaheim 2 event. He also snagged a holeshot against the likes of Jett Lawrence and Cooper Webb at the second SMX event in 2023 and looks forward to trying to do that again this season. Nicoletti plans to stay around the racing scene once he retires from full-time racing but looks forward to never having to jump three-in to a rhythm section again.

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Shane McElrath – His story over Foxborough

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Shane McElrath was riding a solid main event at the AMA Supercross in Foxborough last Saturday. With still a few laps to go he collided with Malcolm Stewart and hurt his arm. Due to this he was forced to retire from the race and didn’t score points. Fortunately everything is ok for McElrath so he will be ready to ride at the next round at Nashville this weekend.

Watch his vlog over the race in Foxborough below:

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