HONDA RACING

IVECO has a long history in Australia in partnering with Honda’s superbike and motorcross teams. As an Italian brand, IVECO has a keen interest in motorsports and both brands participate together across a range of promotional activities.

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RIDER PROFILE

  • Q. How old were you when you first started riding motorcycles?

    I was 3 when I first rode and fell in love with it, I would pester my parents to ride.

    Q. At what age did you first begin to compete?

    Its crazy to think that I had my first race at 4 and I have a daughter now who is 3 and a son who is 1.

    Q. Did you have a favourite rider as a child?

    Jeremy McGrath.  I grew up in Iowa and Damon Bradshaw was the ‘beast from the east’ and I was in awe of his ability but it was McGrath that I looked up to the most.  He took my under his wing when I first went pro and gave me some crucial guidance.

    Q. What has been your biggest racing achievement so far?

    Winning the Daytona Supercross last year. At 34 years of age I didn’t think I was ever going to win a American 450 Supercross, as you get older you start to wonder if your time has passed. To win at

    34 and to win at Daytona was super special for my family and I.  Also winning 3 back to back Australian Supercross Championships is special.

    Q. Have you suffered many injuries during your time in the sport?

    Not too many, I have been super lucky.  I have had a few breaks but overall I have had a good career so far.

    Q. Do you still get nervous before you race?

    When you role up to the start-line and there are 50,000 people screaming as your name is called you get nervous, if you didn’t you shouldn’t be racing.  Nerves and anxiety are a part of competition and I believe they help motivate me. Whether its lining up on the start line or jumping a big jump for the first time on a new circuit I have to admit I still get nervous.

    Q. Aside from riding itself, do you do much cross training to keep fit and prepare for racing?

    I cycle a lot, I cycle for endurance and recovery. I am fortunate to have a personal partnership with Specialized bikes and I get some really cool gear.

    Q. Do you have a favourite racetrack or circuit?

    Club MX is a great facility and the place I call home, also its really special to be able to ride Honda’s private test track in California.

    Q. Aside from your racing bike, do you have a favourite Honda model (either dirt or road)?

    I have a Honda Grom, its super easy to ride, easy to park and has enough power for me to have some fun on.  I also love Moto GP and could only dream of riding a GP bike or CBR 1000RR around a race track.  My boss in Australia has suggested we do a track day at Philip Island on his bike and I hope we can do that.

    Q. What are your interests away from the racetrack?

    I definitely enjoy cycling but mainly I enjoy timeout with my family.  I race 26 times a year around the world which leaves very little time for me to do nothing but chill with the family so when I get the chance to do that I take it as they are my greatest achievement – seeing them grow, being happy and laughing is irreplaceable so I cherish my time with them in between racing. 

  • Q. How old were you when you first started riding motorcycles?

    2 or 3.  My dad rode, my older brother and sister raced and I think dad had me on a motorbike riding around with him the day I got home (or so the story goes).

    Q. At what age did you first begin to compete?

    I think it was 4 or 5, i think it was 5 because you couldn’t get a competition license until you were 5, but I will say I was racing the first day I rode a bike.  I was always competing with my brother and anyone else that was riding on the track with me.

    Q. Did you have a favourite rider as a child?

    One of the riders I watched and looked up to growing up was Craig Anderson, his style, technique and speed were next level and I wanted to be as good, if not better than him. He and my older brother Shane would battle it out and Craig was someone we spoke about a lot in the house.  Internationally it would have to be Stefan Everts.  He rode the bike effortlessly and was so much faster than everyone else. I believe he was the world’s best motocross racer during his years of dominance.   

    Q. What has been your biggest racing achievement so far?

    International

    2 x runners up American Champion and winner of the qualifying race for Australia in the MX Des Nations (Motocross Olympics)

    Australia

    Winning the Australian Supercross Championship round in 2018 in my home state of South Australia and finishing second overall in the Australian Supercross Championship last year (2018) 

    Q. Have you suffered many injuries during your time in the sport?

    I have been fortunate, not too many, how my worst injuries would be to my shoulders and back.  I have had multiple shoulder reconstructions and at the start of this year I broke my back, fracturing L1 to L4.

    Q. Do you still get nervous before you race?

    Always, if I didn’t there would be something wrong.  They are good nerves; I still get very excited after 30 years of racing when I line up behind the starting gate.  It’s really cool, when and if that ever changes will probably mean the begging of the end of my career. 

    Q. Aside from riding itself, do you do much cross training to keep fit and prepare for racing?

    I do a lot of mobility and functional training.  We need to be flexible and riding/racing a bike requires a strong core.  I would do 8-10 hours a week of off-bike training.

    Q. Do you have a favourite racetrack or circuit?

    Internationally I have done really well in Southwick, America. I won my first 450 national round there and it will always hold a special place in my heart.

    Locally I can’t go past Murray Bridge, my home town track and Gliman.  They’re two local tracks in South Australia that I have down thousands of laps around and have found memories of my brother and I racing on them.

    Q. Aside from your racing bike, do you have a favourite Honda model (either dirt or road)?

    The new 450L is cool, it does everything my motocross bike does but is easier to ride through the bush.  I also love Honda’s fun bike range.  My son Nash has a CRF50 and the joy it brings him is fun to watch.

    Q. What are your interests away from the racetrack?

    Spending time with my family, my two boys – Mav and Nash.  I like most sports, playing basket ball, mountain biking but mainly I really enjoy time with my boys, the keep me young.