Kevin Windham in action during media day at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California.
Veteran Honda rider Kevin Windham is back in full force on his Geico Honda-powered CRF450R for the 2011 AMA Supercross series. Windham who has yet to clinch a Supercross title in his career will be in the hunt among a stacked class of new and old talent such as defending Supercross champion Ryan Dungey, Multi champion Chad Reed and Yamaha’s James Stewart to name a few. At 33-years-old, Windham has participated in Supercross since 1994 and is entering the season after finishing second overall in points for 2010. We caught up with Windham at the Anaheim 1 media day and found out a little more on what to expect from K-Dub.
What are your expectations for 2011?
I think that I’m kind of a sleeper so to speak with not a lot of hype and that everyone is focused on the big four top riders. It takes a lot of pressure off of me but it does not change what I want to do regardless of what people say. I really want to be a threat this season and do the best I can. I have a ton of appreciation for all my fans that write and cheer for me but I’m not ready to hang my hat on just being an old guy but would rather hang it up as a professional racer. I know it’s going to be increasingly difficult to do with every passing year, I want to give them something to cheer about and that’s besides the fact of just being thirty three. I’m ready to go out and run with the best in the world and just try and run with these guys.
What have you been doing this year to prepare yourself?
Every year you have to change your program, you just have to find new ways to reinvent the wheel so to say. Really have to just go about things differently as levels of racing increase and track difficulty changes and all the rest of the stuff that goes with professional racing. For me this year the biggest factor is that I didn’t have an off-season. I rode six outdoor motocross Nationals, two races in Australia and one in Genoa. I really had some good success there and from here it has been getting focused on being back in the United States and preparing for Supercross. To be honest with you, not having any off-time was good thing for me and I feel it has kept me focused and in a rhythm.
What have you learned from your past training since you have been around the block a few times?
Windham didn’t take a break during the off-season and claims this helped him remain focused on racing.
For me it’s really a lot of fun and I’m having a good time doing it. I think it took me some time to wrap my hands around it but what we have to do is go out and perform for twenty minutes and give it our all in that period of time. Sometimes I don’t think the best way of going at it is to go out and ride a bicycle for two and half hours while there is a place and time to do that kind of training, I think I really found out what works for me and to go out and do twenty minutes is really not a big deal for me. I’m just blessed to be with the Geico Honda Team and to be on a bike that I’m really comfortable with. It’s time to go out and have fun and not be so nervous about what is going to happen here at A1 or for the rest of the season and really just let things fall where they may and go out and do my job.
Is there anything new going on with your sponsors?
You know I’m still with the same sponsors and Geico Honda has been great to me along with MSR, Shoei, Spy goggles, DVS and New Orleans Saints, just kidding. The support has been great from my sponsors and one thing MSR MX and DVS Moto have been working on is a number fourteen line, a team product line that will get my name out there a little. We always get fans writing in and asking about it, so we decided to market ourselves a little better and that’s always a good thing for everyone involved.
You mentioned the New Orleans Saints?
Yeah I’m a big Saints fan and I have actually been to a lot of games this year. We are in the playoffs again and this Saturday night we play Seattle and I will be watching that in between practices and such. It’s really fun to watch football and it was a great year to have season tickets since we went all the way to the Superbowl and we got to be there at the game.
When we talked last you mentioned being a Karaoke fan, are you still singing?
Yeah we are still singing but it’s more of a at home thing right now. We have a lot of fun with it and I think we are getting better at it. No plans to hit the road with a Karaoke show yet since I’m still in the racing scene but maybe when it’s all said and done, we can venture out with our karaoke skills.
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