Where were you catching him?
We went down the start straight and I was banking off the berm and he was kind of sliding the inside. I was able to bank off the berm and still drive off it. I think I was able to go straight to the jump. I was rolling some corners in the inside and taking some insides on some other areas too that he wasn’t. But that was about it. It wasn’t really much time I was gaining; it was just a matter of not making a mistake, which I did after the finish one time. I hit a rock and I almost lost my front end. That could have been the end of it, but fortunately it wasn’t.
The crowd was nuts. Talk about the crowd and also, that was a really long side-by-side race.
That’s what it’s about when it comes to races. If I was a fan watching I’d want it to be all 20 laps. And that’s what it was. It’s nice to run away with the victory and just kind of walk away, but ones you have to work for and have to really dig deep, those are more special too. But the crowd… Honestly I’ve never heard nothing like it, at least not in the sport of motocross. It was unbelievable. I even thought to myself, don’t get lost in that; focus on the race. I could hear it in my helmet and it was just unbelievable. It’s cool to have that support. Minnesota, I’ve met a lot of good people on the way growing up in local races. They’re just all-around, true, hard-core into it fans. It’s really amazing to have that support and to see everybody.
It was funny because you’d come across the start straight, hit that next rhythm over here, and you could just hear the fans. It was like following you guys down the straightaway.
Yeah! It was weird because I even came before the finish and it [the noise] kind of shut off and then I’d cross the finish and then it was back on again! I was like, what the heck’s going on? It was an amazing feeling, for sure. It’s good to get a win, but it’s good to do it in the hometown. I’m not sure we’re going to race in this stadium again, so we’ll see.
You trying to keep a little pressure on in the championship too?
Absolutely. Why not? It’s definitely important that we do that and take it one race at a time. We’ve got some catching up to do for sure. And Villopoto is a strong rider and he knows how to handle the pressure. But we need to do everything we can at this point and keep the pressure on. Anything can happen. It’s not over until it’s over. I’m just going to keep doing that.
You made two passes. You made a pass on that mound before the finish and then he got you back, and then you passed him by the whoops and the mechanics area and all that. Do you remember those passes? Can you take us through that?
I thought I passed him and that was it? I can’t remember…wait, I do remember! I was able to make the pass but I knew he was going to run it up on the inside and that’s when we kind of tangled. He took the inside from me and showed me his wheel. We had to double, triple, triple. And then under here, the next turn, I went inside and I tucked under and then at the end of the whoops I was able to make the pass.
Did you have spots picked out?
The one spot I really had picked out was at the end of the whoops. I could see him closing on there. But also going down the start straight. I went down the start straight and then I was banking and I’d close in. I was hoping to tuck under, and we would go down the rhythm lane and I’d have the inside upper advantage. But it didn’t work out like that. We were able to make the pass elsewhere.