Talk about those quads. The transition between those jumps was very small, there was hardly any room for error if your timing was off.
Yeah, I just felt comfortable. And when you’re on your game like that, you can get into those things perfect. I was especially comfortable with it on the first few laps. I had one quad I didn’t want to have to pull out in the main event, so I was like, “Please just give me a good start so I don’t have to jump this.” I was able to get out there and just try to keep the times where they were.
Yeah that other quad, at the end of the first rhythm lane, that was really big. You were hoping to not have to jump it?
Yeah, exactly, I was hoping to not have to jump it. I did it in the heat race one time, and I about bit my Tag handlebars landing that one. I did it a few times in practice, too, so I was like, “Dear Lord, just let me not have to jump this tonight.” So I got the start and did the other ones, so I didn’t have to.
What’s it feel like now, after a few weeks of battles, to have kind of an old-school James Stewart win where you just had everyone covered like this? How good does that feel to finally get back to that level?
Well, Ryan rode good. So did Dungey. I don’t know what happened to him in the main event, but he was good in his heat race and in practice. So I think everyone is just getting their way into race shape, and getting better every week. I think we have a little ways to go, to get better, but this was definitely a great improvement. I think the track was good, too. It was technical, you had to time everything right, it wasn’t just wide open and flat landing everything. Obviously, that played into my style.
What’s up with not riding the second timed practice?
It’s all good. I’m still a little sore from those crashes last week. When I was a kid I could just hop back up from that stuff, but now I’m the old man, so I had to bust out my cane all week just to get up to my motorcycle! No, no, it wasn’t that bad, but I was still feeling it a little from last week, so I wanted to just take that off. And the motorcycle was so good, I didn’t want to go out there and even think about changing anything. Normally the tracks get worse and worse, but this time they went out and fixed it, so I was worried it would be a lot different, but I felt good and strong so it wasn’t a problem.