David KnightMonday, November 21, 2005 | 1:10 PM
We stopped the 6’4” giant after his podium appearance and photo ops to see what was on his mind after this wild event.
Racer X: David, what a weekend! Tell us what happened.
David Knight: Yeah, this was absolutely awesome. Last week, we had the Last Man Standing in Texas and I won that, and this is such a bonus, to win this. A lot of people expected me to win, but I know how fast these American guys are, and I know they want to win. Tonight I had a big crash in the first race in the start. My arm has been real sore all night.
Let’s talk about your background briefly, for the people who don’t know. You were introduced at the show opening as the man in ISDE and world enduro.…
Yeah, I won the ISDE overall this year. I won the world championship in enduro overall. Last year I was second here, I won the Last Man Standing last week, and now this. I can’t take it all in.
How does this stack up as an off-road event—the crowd, the atmosphere, Las Vegas, all that?
Well, for us, it’s not an important race like a world championship, but when you get here and there are all these people…. Last year there were not so many spectators, but this year it was absolutely full. The American crowd has been unbelievable, noisier than anywhere else, more hype.
I told Speed TV that I would go and put it on black in the casino [laughs]. No, not really. I had 10 grand last weekend from Last Man Standing and 10 grand from this weekend. Twenty thousand dollars in two weeks is a nice trip. You know, I sacrificed winning the British championship on this race today. The last round is tomorrow [Sunday]. It’s impossible to get that, but I have had such a good year, I just wanted to come here and have fun. If I win, I win, and if I don’t win, who cares?
How were the Americans to race with?
It’s certainly different from Europe. The Americans seem to be a bit more … really aggressive. You just have to be really careful. The first corner was the worst part.
[At this point the interview gets paused for some picture-takers that want to pose with Knight, then more, then more, and it seemed like a good time to let him enjoy it!]
That’s enough—thanks, and congratulations!
[Waves while being squeezed by photo-seekers.]