Five-Time Champ, Prepares for QuadX Series
CYPRESS, Calif. – March 8, 2012 – Yamaha
Motor Corp., U.S.A., is a strong supporter of
ATV racing including the West’s leading
motocross series, the Yamaha QuadX Series.
As title sponsor, Yamaha is fully engrained in
the QuadX Series and has been preparing for the
season opener which is this coming Saturday
(March 10) at Glen Helen Raceway in San
As part of its
participation throughout the series, Yamaha has
established a track-side support program
including donating Yamalube products available
through Roy Bloodworth and Big Kid Racing,
established GYTR and Yamaha Generator holeshot
awards for pros and amateurs, and hosted a
year-end celebration and awards ceremony giving
away a Yamaha Generator along with many other
awards and prizes.
Yamaha Racing also
sponsors the returning and five-time QuadX champ
Dustin Nelson. We talked to Nelson leading
up to this weekend’s race to find out how he’s
been preparing and what he expects …
What have you been up to in the off-season?
How do you train to stay in shape and sharp for
Nelson: With the long
schedules of both the WORCS series and the Quad
X Series there isn’t much off time so it’s
almost hard to fall out of shape. I have
enjoyed taking my kids to the desert a few times
with friends and family, so we can take the
Rhino out and they can ride their quads.
For training I pedal a mountain bike quite a
bit, and I’ve been spending lots of time on my
YZ450F motorcycle as well as my YFZ450R.
Q: After all of these championships, what keeps
you motivated coming into a new season?
Nelson: Every year there are new challenges,
whether it be an up-and-coming rider, a guy
you’ve raced before who is stepping up his game
or new tracks. Staying motivated is easy
for me. I’m a very competitive person, and
I’m never truly happy unless we are winning.
Q: How’s the YFZ450R working for you in
practice this season?
YFZ450R has been working great. We have
such a good foundation from racing the last
couple years, and we still keep making small
adjustments that we hope will keep us on top.
Q: What do you think will be your biggest
challenge in QuadX this year?
Every year the field changes, and I have to
figure out new ways to stay ahead of the
competition. Staying healthy with no
crashes is always very important as well as good
starts. It’s going to take being mentally
and physically strong and maybe a little luck to
be consistent all year and bring home title
Q: The QuadX Series has a
new schedule including more double-headers and
more races closer to home for you in Southern
California this year. How does this impact
your preparation and planning? Are you a
fan of the double headers, or no? How
about the travel?
Nelson: The double
headers I’m not so sure about, because we really
like to get a full prep on the bikes between
races and there is no chance of that racing
back-to-back days. The travel schedule
staying a little closer to home is definitely
nice. The gas prices have made getting to
the races even more expensive, so I’m sure all
the So Cal racers appreciate it.
What’s your favorite track and why?
Nelson: I really like Speedworld. It’s a
night race and has a fun kind of atmosphere.
The track is also usually very slippery, so it
takes just the right amount of aggression and
smarts to get the most out of every lap.
Q: Take a look at the field -- who’s your
Nelson: Well, you
never really know how fast everyone is going to
be until that first gate drops, but I see Beau
Baron, who I had lots of good battles with last
year, and his new teammate Davi Haagsma to be
tough. Josh Row is also back from 3
shoulder surgeries at the end of last year, and
he has been riding great when we practice and
Q: You’re also racing
WORCS again this year. Can you briefly
describe some of the main differences in the
tracks and competition? Is there one you
prefer over the other?
WORCS series is more Off-road than MX. The
tracks are usually based around a moto track,
but they also include 3-5 miles of trails.
The pro main event is one hour and forty five
minutes long, so it’s a much different kind of
conditioning and bike set up than Quad X.
All the players in the Quad X series are at the
WORCS series as well with the addition of Josh
Frederick and Dillon Zimmerman. I grew up
racing MX on motorcycles, so I’m more
comfortable at the Quad X Series.
Just last year you brought in Josh Row to race
under Nelson Racing. Tell us a little
about Josh and how it feels to have another
member of Nelson Racing gunning for your title.
Nelson: Josh is a real good kid, and I
thought he deserved to be racing on good
equipment. He’s a very hard worker and
actually amazingly fast out in the desert.
If I had to lose “my” title, I would definitely
rather Josh takes it than anyone else.
That way at least all the team sponsors would
still be happy ... Josh will have to work
really hard to take it from me, though!
Q: As a veteran of both motorcycle and quad MX,
what advice do you have for new racers or people
just considering racing?
at the entry level is all about fun.
Getting out on the track and testing your skills
against others can build friendships and stories
that will last a lifetime. Whether it be
on two or four wheels, I will always love racing
and the memories I have from it.
predictions for this season?
predict lots of good racing. Of course I
want to be on top again this year, but it will
be tough. There are plenty of fast guys out
here, and they are all gunning for me.
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