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Longname – I heard a lot of dislike and negativity towards the track last weekend at around 7, what were your thoughts on it?
Epstein – I didn’t mind it honestly. I’ve liked all the tracks so far on the circuit. There are a few tracks that felt like a little backyard style. Other than that though, the tracks have been pretty fun to race on, at least as far as racing goes.
Longname – any favorites so far?
Epstein – umm I think Kamloops is my favorite still. Even though the jumps aren’t as fun, I feel like the layout of the track was the best and the racing on it was the best. So yeah I felt like that track flowed the best out of all the tracks so far. But they’re all pretty good to be honest, but I think this weekend will actually be really good. The track (Riverglade) is a lot of fun; I had a lot of fun on it on Tuesday.
Longname – so I know last time we were talking you mentioned something about possible changes with the nut up guys that you couldn’t talk about back then. Can you talk about it now?
Epstein – ohh, the Kawasaki team here gave me an offer, but I declined it. That is what was going on back then. That was all. Only because I’m not going to leave what I got now, I believe my equipment now is good, if not better.
Longname – cool cool. So is the plan to stay in Canada for next year?
Epstein – umm I’m not sure. There’s still a bunch of stuff up in the air with Supercross, racing here and racing in the U.S. I have no answer for that honestly. No one has given me an answer of what’s going to happen or not happen. I’m hearing all the rumors as far as throughout the team and there are so many different things that can happen or not happen. Yeah I’m just going with the flow with everything. I’m just enjoying myself and not worrying what’s going on or not going on.
Longname – so again I remember last time talking you said that you’ve had the underdog label on you for a while; do you feel like now later in the series you have shed that off?
Epstein – I don’t know that I have it as much anymore, but as far as like people doubting my abilities on other tracks, yeah for sure. But it has been more of a bike issue than anything because every round I ran up front and the two rounds I ended up getting bad results it’s not because of myself. So I think it just shows that I can be up front no matter what the track conditions are so like this weekend I mean I made a point to prove that it doesn’t matter what the track is, I can win so that’s what I did this weekend. Just executed what I wanted to do and that was that.
Longname – take me through both moto’s this weekend. They were both fairly similar.
Epstein – I was aiming for a good start both moto’s, but I didn’t get a good start either motos. But I just stayed calm and collected and knew that I was the fastest guy on the track, so I just hit my marks and ended up weaseling my way into the front in the first moto. Then just after I got into the lead I just started clicking off my laps. Then the second moto I just did the same thing honestly. I just have that drive, I’ve had the drive all season but now I have the drive that I want to prove a point. I believe I am the fastest guy and again I believe that I put that precedent last weekend. I believe that I can win every moto at every track I go to. So as far as things like that goes, that’s how I had the mindset in the race and that’s how I rode. I believe that it showed in my riding last weekend.
Longname – so the past two weekends you haven’t finished the best with a 13th and 9th. What changes did you make to get you the 1-1 this weekend at RD7?
Epstein – we had some shock issues at the softer tracks. In a longer moto the shock faded both weekends. So that’s what gave me that 13th and 9th overall. So we got it all sorted out for the next soft rounds coming up. We’ll be all set and ready to go. Once again at Gophers and Benoit’s I was running top 3 in the motos and then when the shock fades there’s nothing you can do and it gets to the point where it’s dangerous. I’d rather walk off the track safe with a 6th or 10th place or whatever then being on the ground. I know some people can take that in different way and say “oh that’s not the way to win a championship” or whatever but at that point in my opinion that is away that you can win a championship is being safe and just riding it out on the bad days I guess you could say.
Longname – yeah I totally think that’s fair enough obviously we seen Ryan Dungey ride a bit cautiously and he has 4 supercross championships to his name. So it definitely can work.
I believe you’re 17 points out of the top three right now. Are you thinking about the points or just taking it moto by moto?
Epstein – I’m just going to keep doing what I did this past weekend. That in my eyes is the best way I can race and the best way I can perform. I’ll be riding my own race and whatever happens, happens, I don’t need to pull over. I could be a dirty rider and take dudes out, but that’s not what I’m about. I could definitely change things up in the points if I wanted to if I just start t-boning guys. But I think I’ll just stick with winning moto’s and see what happens after that.
Longname -so I’ll leave me off with one last question just wondering if you have any good goon stories? Kind of any interaction with a classic goon?
Epstein – honestly goon stories, I honestly haven’t encountered any. All the tracks that we go to are just open for the few of us, Or all the guys that are there are the guys racing each weekend and are pretty good riders.
Longname – oh wow! Well I guess it’s kind of nice to avoid them if you can. But they seem to pop up once in a while.
Epstein – the lappers in the race get in the way quite a bit and that’s a bit frustrating, that’s all I really have. I don’t know they just look at you and just try to race you when you’re up front and there in dead last which doesn’t make any sense to me. Like no respect, zero respect. They repeat what the blue flag means every weekend. It’s kind of funny it’s mainly the French-Canadian riders because there’s a lot of the guys that are cool about it, even some of the French-Canadian guys. All the guys that have done it to me have been French-Canadian; they just don’t get out of the way. I don’t know what the deal is with that. I don’t know man, it’s just super weird.
Longname – yeah that’s definitely not cool, they need to get out of the way when they see the leaders coming because it screws things up and can be dangerous.
But I appreciate you taking the time to talk to me and good luck at Riverglade this weekend!