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Rider Comments: Anaheim 2

The 2014 Monster Energy Supercross series is off to a great start, as the action has very exciting at all three of the rounds that have been run thus far. Specifically, Anaheim 2 this past weekend was enthralling. But, what did the riders think of their weekend?

Wil Hahn: “I think I made a lot of progress tonight speed-wise, and even though the results didn’t show it, I feel like I fixed most of the little things I’ve been struggling with. I had another mediocre start, but made some good progress up through the pack, but I went over at one point and lost some spots. I need to ride like I did last year, when I won the championship. I really need to go back to having fun. I’m putting pressure on myself that just doesn’t need to be there. The sooner I get back to riding like myself, the results will come.”

Zach Osborne: “It was a bad deal, but I shouldn’t have been in that position to start with. I had another bad start and I don’t know why. I’ve done everything I know to do to get better. I guess I’ll  keep working hard and stay with the program. After the crash I didn’t ride well. I was tight and just let it get away from me. I did not have a great week leading into this race — I only rode one time — so maybe that hurt me. I’ll get back to the regular deal and just grit it out. That’s what I need to do.”

“I have the speed,” he said. “I just need to put myself in position to be there at the end. You can’t start in eighth place or whatever and expect anything. The guys in this class are just too competitive. My starts will be better because they have to be. I feel like I have nothing to lose now, so I’ll be going for it next week, for sure.”

Dean Ferris: “It’s unfortunate that I crashed tonight. I was hoping to improve upon last week’s performance, but my crash set me back. Having a poor result just motivates you to try harder each week. I will work even harder this week to be inside the top ten at the next round in Oakland.” 

Justin Brayton: “That was the goal coming in, to race with the lead pack and I did. There was a part of me about halfway through where I felt awesome and I was on Chad (Chad Reed was the eventual race winner) but when RV (Ryan Villopoto) ended up crashing I couldn’t jump one of the rhythm sections. It’s a bit of a bummer but I’m happy with fourth we’re going to move on. Thanks to my sponsors JGRMX, Toyota, Yamaha, Factory Effex, O’Neal.”

James Stewart: “In all honesty, I was just a tick-off all day. I was happy to win my heat race and I rode pretty good in the Main Event. I led for a little while and the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 was running great. But then a guy got by me with about three-or-four laps left. It’s frustrating to lose like that but I’m happy to be on the podium for the first time this year. I’m still fighting this cold but I’m getting stronger. So right now, it’s about limiting my mistakes, not throwing it away; and getting what I can get. I’m just looking forward to going to Oakland and making things happen.”

Justin Hill: “It’s disappointing. I want to be up front and know I have the speed. I almost had the holeshot but lost control. I gave it everything I had to come through the pack and fifth was the best I could do. With a start I’m confident I could battle for a win.”

Chad Reed: “41 wins have come easy, but 42? That one was sweet. This was a long time coming and its so gratifying. I’m really proud of our team and the work we’ve done in the offseason. The Kawasaki is proven. Ryan has dominated on it and I’m happy to now win on the KX™ and hope to continue to grow.”

Ryan Villopoto: “Tonight was unfortunate,” said Villopoto. “I felt we were in good position to get into the lead and get away. As I came up to make the pass, my front end just got pulled from under me and I didn’t know what happened. Looking at the video, the leader’s boot got stuck in my front wheel causing me to go down. We’re still right there in points and there’s lots of racing left.”

Jason Anderson: “Today was alright, I salvaged a 2nd but received a penalty and was docked 2 positions. I felt like I still dodged a couple bullets tonight and I need to keep my momentum going. I want the championship at the end of the year.”

Ivan Tedesco: “Weekend was decent, track was really tricky and it took me a while to figure it out. I was still figuring it out even in the heat race and the semi. I made it through in the semi and then in the main I got a bad start once again. I was kind of struggling with my starts all day. I kind of had to fight for it. I battled through for a 13th which is not where I wanna be, but with the bad starts and stacked field it’s kinda tough. I need to work on my starts this week and gain a little bit of speed to hopefully get into the top 10.”

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