Since my last blog the big news is that I won a fourth straight US Endurocross title, which really means a lot to me. It’s been a long and tough season, one that started out really disappointingly but ended on a massive high. It probably wasn’t my best season ever, but repeating a year like 2011 was always going to be tough. The way 2012 ended up, and the fact that I managed to turn things around with the help of KTM and my team, also makes it a hugely rewarding championship.
Like always, there was a lot of pressure on me to keep on winning at the start of this year’s Endurocross championship. I’m used to that kind of pressure but after three straight championships I guess the pressure was a little more than ever. There were a few reasons I wasn’t up to speed, or winning at least, at the beginning of the season. My starts have always been good, and today good starts are more important than ever. But I just wasn’t getting them. But like I said, with the help of my team and KTM we figured things out and got things back on track.
Not getting on the podium at X Games was a major disappointment, but knowing that we turned things around and won another championship – and finished the season off with six straight wins – means a lot and is something I’m very proud of. When things are going well things go well. But when things aren’t going well it can be hard to work out what the problems are and then fix them. We managed to do that and a fourth Endurocross championship was our reward.
Thanks to Red Bull Poland I got the chance to drive a rally car not too long ago. I spent the day at Erzberg with Austrian rally champion Raimund Baumschlager, driving one of his Mitsubishi Evo IX cars. It was a great day and so much fun. I’ve been a rally fan for a long, long time and even bought myself a small rally car a few years back. I soon realised just how expensive it was to go rallying so the car spent more time in my garage than it did on gravel roads!
Getting to not only drive a full spec rally car, but also get some great tuition, made it an amazing experience. I felt like I drove the car quite well and I’d certainly like to do some more rallying when I can. But for now Endurocross is my focus. I’d love to be able to drive a rally car in the future, maybe even in competition. But I’m loving life on two wheels at the moment. I’m motivated and competitive and in no hurry to do anything other than do all I can to win Endurocross races… starting this weekend in Poland.