Q&A With Monster Energy Kawasaki’s
ATV rider Josh Creamer
After finishing with an impressive fourth in
the invitation-only AMA Pro ATV Open at Steel
City, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Josh Creamer sat
down to discuss everything from the inaugural
race to working with team manager and former
Kawasaki ATV champion Jimmy White.
Q: First off, congrats on
your race this weekend at the AMA Pro ATV Open.
Tell me about this weekend. What was a highlight
J.C.: Thank you. Well, other
than racing, I would have to say watching the
dirt bike races on Sunday. I had a good time
watching those guys, especially the Motocross
Lites class. Those guys are just nuts. They race
the whole, entire race and there isn’t one guy
who isn’t trying to make a pass until they
finish the race. They just go all out.
Q: So what was it like
racing on the same track that those MX guys
J.C.: I would have loved to
maybe mix it up a little. Maybe have the bikes
out before the quads rode because we went out on
a fresh track and no one had ridden on it. So we
were the ones that were breaking in the track,
which was a little difficult because of the
Q: Onto your season in the
World PowerSports Association ATV tour. The
start of the season didn’t seem to take off like
you wanted. How has it been being on a whole new
quad and developing the Kawasaki KFX450R?
J.C.: Last year, I kind of did
the same thing. I got on a new quad and it
probably took me a good half of a season to get
comfortable. By the end of the season I was
feeling good and turning out some good results.
With the Kawasaki, it’s a whole new bike for the
team as well, so it took a little bit longer.
Though, from where we started at the beginning
of the season, we’ve come a long way. I think I
have and the quad has with things like
suspension. The last four or five rounds I’ve
been able to be in the top five and I know we
can get our first podium.
I’m looking forward to next year because I’ll
be used to the bike and we can make the quad
better in the off-season.
Q: What’s been the most
unique feature on the KFX450R?
J.C.: The fuel injection
feature is probably the most unique or different
feature that the quad has that I’ve not ridden
with before. It probably makes it a whole lot
easier as well not having to deal with setting
problems. Fuel injection takes a lot of the
hassle out of it.
Q: This is Kawasaki’s first
season in some time to have full factory support
for an ATV team. What has Kawasaki done that’s
stood out to you?
J.C.: Well, it’s pretty much
how professional they want everyone to look and
how they want everything be run. Everything
looks great and the people help to make it run
really well. I think Kawasaki takes a lot of
pride in how their stuff is portrayed and it
shows when you go to a race.
Q: How has Jimmy White
(former Kawasaki ATV racer) helped you this
J.C.: Jimmy has a drive. He
wants to see the bike on top. Since he is a
former racer he’s been able to give me
encouragement. The past few races, there have
been a couple of jumps that no one had done yet.
I had it in my own mind that I could do it.
Jimmy would watch me during practice and would
tell me ‘I think you can make it’ and I would go
out there and make it. So things like that. He
knows the sport so it all works out really well.
Q: Lastly, there is always
going to be races where you didn’t do as well as
you wanted. How do you get through tough
weekends like that?
J.C.: It’s easy to beat
yourself up, and I do to a certain degree. But I
use it in my training and I use it as my
motivation to do better. That’s the only way to
walk away from bad weekends and end up on top