Hey Cory, how’s it going today?
Good! I’m carving pumpkins with my girlfriend right now and I got to ride today so it’s great!
Sounds awesome! Give us a quick run down of how the 2011 GNCC season has gone for you so far.
Do we have to talk about it? [laughs] No it’s gone decent. Neither series went the way I wanted them to, but next year is a new year and a fresh start. I’m looking forward to putting together a strong finish.
Oh, it could always be worse! How about the crash at Unadilla, what all do you remember?
I remember getting a decent start and just passing Whibley and Mullins, moving into second as soon as we came onto the moto track, and that’s all she wrote.
What exactly did you do during your stint off the bike to get yourself ready to come back?
For about three weeks I couldn’t do much except watch a lot of videos and movies of people riding. I wasn’t allowed to do much and I didn’t want to put myself further behind.
I spoke to Antti Kallonen, your team manager, at Somerset and he told us about some of the pre-season concussion testing that KTM does so that way they have a benchmark to evaluate an injury if it does happen, tell us about the testing and everything that KTM had you do after the concussion. What was that like?
My boss, Antti, set me up with a (Impact) Concussion Test to take online. It checks memory, brain function, balance, strength, coordination, concentration, reflexes, and things like that. I did not do well at all. I felt really sick after I took the test, every time. I reported back to him and he sent me the results and he was not impressed. I took my third Impact Test Sunday night, the night of the Somerset GNCC, and finally got the okay to ride that Tuesday. The test was good because back in December when we all go out for testing, the KTM team all had to take one and we got to have our own results. So it’s not like they were basing me off of just a normal individual.
You ran into some trouble at Power Line Park, what exactly went down?
Yeah Power Line Park was disappointing but it was a stepping-stone. I hadn’t had much time to prepare for it and I still feel like my head was catching back up to speed but hopefully Ironman is going to go well. After the third lap, I started having stator issues and unfortunately didn’t get to race the last lap.
How do you think you’ll rebound and do at The Ironman?
I’m really looking forward to the Ironman because it’s always one of my favorite races. Hopefully I’ll get a better start than at the last race and finish strong.
Looking to next year, what are your plans as of right now?
To just have a better off season and be completely prepared for 2012, and I’ll be headed in the right direction.
Making the transition between the two series, do you run into any difficulties making the switches between formats and track styles?
Really it goes pretty easy. It’s pretty refreshing not having to race the same series, the same format over and over again. It’s a good switch up. Bouncing back and forth between both bikes comes pretty easy also.
Which track style do you like better, the faster GNCC courses or the tight National Enduro courses?
I can’t say I really have a favorite but it’s always a good time getting to ride fresh single track.
There was a lot of discussion surrounding the switch to the 250 2-stroke for the Enduros, how did you like the switch?
I loved it! I love riding 250′s. It makes me smile every time! It made the series a whole lot closer having everybody ride 2 strokes.
Never give up.
Who do you want to thank?
First off a big thanks to the FMF/KTM team, my mechanic Chuck, my girlfriend, mom and dad, Leatt, Scott Goggles, Thor, Arai, Helion Designs, Muscle Milk, Athens Bicycle, Dr. Steve, and NFC.