Tell us about Bike Week Radio Show? I'm really excited about doing this show. It's based right here in San Diego at the XX1090 studios and, although we will be streaming it online, at the same time, it's a true terrestrial signal that covers all of Southern California. XX1090 AM has been the leader in sports talk radio for a long time. I'm a huge sports guy and this station is something I tune into on a regular basis so I'm super excited to be able to have a talk show about motorcycling on an all-sports station like XX1090 AM. Plus this is a great opportunity for the motorcycling community to capture an audience that normally would not be exposed to our sport and possibly appeal to the motorcycling market of the future. A fact that many motorcyclists don't know about you is that you're an all-around sports enthusiast - not just a motocross guy. Yeah, I mean, motorcycling has been my life and what got me some recognition, but I've always been a passionate sports fan. As a youth I participated pretty seriously in the more common sports such as baseball and football. Later, I actively participated in many other sports from triathlon to cycling and running events. I still do a lot of other sports besides just motorcycling. I love to golf, surf, watch my beloved Chargers; I try to catch as many Aztec basketball games as possible, heck, I even tune into the Padres with regularity, and lately that is not something that is easy to do (laughs). So I'm glad to be part of a station that's home to true sports enthusiasts.
How did the offer to host Bike Week Radio Show come to you? A friend of mine in the motorcycle industry also happens to have a background in radio. I also co-hosted a previous radio show with Rob Buydos called Rocket Rob's Two-Wheel Power Hour. I'm also friends with Patrick Osburn (VP Director of Sales for XX1090 Sports Radio) so the relationship was already there. Heck, he and I took our kids to the last-ever Padres game at Qualcomm Stadium together, before they built Petco Park. It's just something that one thing led to another, and we all felt that the Southern California market would support a weekly radio show about motorcycling.
You're at Supercross and AMA Motocross races regularly; how is the show going to work with your schedule? Will you still be at the races on the weekends? Yes, I will be. First and foremost, my job at Dunlop is my highest priority and my focus there will not change. The professional Supercross and Motocross races are on Saturdays and the show is on Sunday so I'm just going to have to modify my post-race travel schedule a little bit so I can be in the studio as often as possible. When I'm not in the studio I'll be calling in from a remote location. Bobby Wooldridge, who has a background as a successful radio show producer and on-air personality, will be there in studio and he'll be holding down the fort. Sometimes it will be a call in but most of the time I'll be there in the studio.
Speaking of the Nationals, what's your take on the 2012 AMA Motocross Championship thus far? It's been very exciting racing. To have Stewart come back on a different team is very exciting. For me, personally, it was great to see him back on Dunlop tires (laughs). I always want to see the very best riders that the world has to offer out there racing. James Stewart, Chad Reed, Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Dungey - I would like to see them all out there, all the time. Unfortunately injuries are part of the sport, but anytime we can get the best caliber racers out there, it's always exciting. Unluckily Stewart had a little incident that caused him to injure his wrist. I don't know the full extent of his injury, but hopefully it'll be good enough to ride hard at High Point. Plus the 250 class has been amazing racing. Three races so far and three different overall winners! Are these the types of things you'll be discussing on Bike Week Radio Show? We will be talking about anything and everything that has to do with motorcycling. I really want to broaden my horizons on this show. It's true I spend most of my time around dirt-bikes but that doesn't mean that this is a dirt bike show. This is a motorcycle show and we're going to be talking about everything from commuters' street bikes and how the laws affect them, to Supercross/motocross, off road, and road racing, to dual-sport and recreational desert riders. We'll even bring some politics into it. Currently the California off-highway vehicle green sticker fund is on the verge of being raided by politicians who wish off-road motorcycles would go away. They think that green sticker fund is just there for them to grab and spend on any budget deficit or social program they want. It's a big issue for off-road motorcyclists in California right now and many people are upset about it. So we'll be bringing all that up, plus we'll have special guests and point-counterpoint conversations. We'll have all sorts of different things. Basically, anything out there two-wheel related is fair game for conversation on Bike Week Radio Show!