Well our second Supercross season is in the books. Doesn’t seem long ago that we rolled up to our first race at A1 last year. Its an amazing feeling to see the idea of a team like this come into fruition. It takes a lot of people and a lot of man hours to make it happen!
We had some pretty high expectations coming into Supercross 2012 that we worked really hard towards. One of them was to get Matt Moss onto the podium. We were able to show the industry that through hard work and a solid program we can take a guy that was under the radar and transform him into a guy fighting for podiums. We were able to make that one happen.
Another goal for JDR in 2012 was to get Malcolm onto the podium. Although we fell a little short on this goal we still saw a huge improvement with Malcolm. Malcolm has always had the speed, that’s never been the issue. The biggest problem Malcolm faces as a racer is getting his head around the fact that he needs some top 5 results before the wins come. As a team owner I love a guy who wants to win bad, Malcolm definitely ticks that box. Getting a solid base of results to build off is something that he has overlooked so far. Always racing for the win even if you have had a bad start can often lead to mistakes and crashes. Coming through the pack can quite often be a game of patience, and that is something we have been trying to teach Malcolm. Its no secret that he crashes a lot and it all comes down to what I mentioned above. Not many people realize that Malcolm doesn’t have the same experience that guys like Barcia, Tomac etc have. He only raced off and on when he was young so while those guys were gathering experience he was off living life as a normal kid. Those lessons that they learnt at a young age are still being taught to Malcolm today. I say we saw a huge improvement because for the first time this season, in Las Vegas Malcolm raced hard but he did not push himself over the edge for the win. He got 4th. Which is a great result. For the first time this season it sunk in that he can let the race come to him, not win it on the first lap. Hopefully it is a sign of this to come.
2012 Supercross was great for JDR, our crew worked great together, our riders rode well / showed progression and the industry can see that we are a serious team that does not cut corners.
Hopefully for the upcoming outdoor series the boys can apply what they learnt in Supercross and get our bikes up front!
See you guys at the races, and thanks for reading!