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Longname – Heading into this season what were your main goals?
Meston – For me, I just want to be one of those top guys, like a household name I guess you could say. I think last year I was just on the cusp of latching onto that kind of guys in like the fourth to fifth place range, but just a little off from them. It’s kind of my goal to better that I guess and just try to get to that next level step with my speed and talent. But for me, it’s kind of hard just to have a number in mind. Top Tens, but you never really know who’s coming to the race, especially this year from even the 12th to 15th range are all big name, guys. Even if you get a 15th it’s still respectable. So I just wanted to try to carry some momentum from last year. I had a pretty solid year last year. So I just want to prove to the moto community that I’m one of those guys now. It’s been a tough go so far though.
Longname -So what are your thoughts about the Americans coming up here to race? I know some people say that they take rides away from our Canadian guys, but what’s your take on it?
Meston -I guess I would go from one opinion to the other. Especially me being one of those guys that don’t have a ride and not as much support as they get, I do thank those who do give me support, but it makes it hard for a guy to go out and race with very little. So yeah that is my goal to be on a team and continue racing the sport that I love. It’s tough when those guys are taking the jobs. But on another note it’s also good in the fact that I want to be one of the best, and those guys are top riders and that’s where the bar is set, so that gives a guy like me or Nathan Bles or any of us younger guys in the next generation of MX1 Pros something to shoot for.
Longname – Yeah that seems to be the perspective of a lot of people. There are pros and cons to both sides.
Meston – I don’t know. It is a shame when we see lots of Canadian talent that don’t get to shine. I don’t want to say that if I was on a factory team I would be worlds better, but you never know. Maybe if a guy does get on the team it makes a big difference or maybe it doesn’t, but I don’t know it’s tough to say. I guess if that’s where the bar is set you got to beat that bar and set it higher.
Longname – So what does it feel like lining up with Factory guys like Alessi, Pourcel or Facciotti knowing the kind of support they get?
Meston – When I look at my program I think what I have is actually really good, just as long as I can stay on top of it. It gets tough as the season goes on because you don’t have that many hands on deck. It makes for a tough go when you can’t always have your bike rebuilt, you can’t always have suspension serviced or even just a matter of trying to get to the races and making your own dinner and what not. I mean that does make for a tough go, but at the same time I think for some of those guys it’s also tough flying in and out of every race and probably not eating the greatest meals in the morning and having to wake up at 4 in the morning at the hotel just to make it to the track in the morning. It just depends on how you look at it and I guess it’s just what you’re looking for.
Longname – So I know you’re a West coast guy, what do you think about the east coast and does it affect your riding?
Meston – Before coming into the East Coast I would say no, I feel like I’m prepared and the time difference doesn’t really affect me, Maybe a little bit in the sand just because I’ve grown up in Calgary and I don’t really get to see a whole lot of sand tracks, so I’m maybe not the best sand rider. Coming into the East Coast rounds I don’t feel like I’m affected, then once the races start to happen I can say if I struggle with something “yeah it’s the time change or a particular track or something” I just get to reflect and see what I can build on. So I would say no not particularly the East Coast doesn’t affect me too much. I actually really like the two Maritime tracks Pleasant Valley and Riverglade. I feel like I’m right at home with them because they are hard packed.
Longname – So talking about tracks what did you think of the new track this past weekend in Quebec? It seemed a bit one line but the jumps seemed big and flowy.
Meston – I really liked it. It was pretty cool, something different. It’s been awhile since I’ve hit jumps like that. I would hate to talk badly about the track just because I think they did a fairly decent job with their first pro national race. But it wasn’t really a race track, it made for tough racing. Especially when some of us were in battles and got into lappers. You can’t at all blame the lappers, it was just one or two lines around the track and just wasn’t anywhere for them to go unless it was the mud at the edge of the track, so you can’t really blame them. But it was affecting the battles that were going on. There were a few other little things that were a little sketchy. But other than that I think they did a pretty good job for their first Pro National.
Longname – Just watching it you could tell it was very one lined. It seemed like quite a few people got hurt including you, what happened in Moto 2? Everything good?
Meston – Well actually, I dumped it over on the first lap I think in the third corner. So I was little ways back after that. Then I actually got a pretty good flow going and I was feeling good and I was making passes, I was working my way up to around the top 15 range. Then I just kind of caught a little squirrely spot in the mud and blew off the track and ran into some branches and some fallen brush on the side and went over the bars but I was fine then. I got it back on my bike and was outside of 25th or somewhere around there. I got going again started making some more passes again, then I just came out of one of the corners weird and it just sent me over the main line to the edge of the track where there was an exposed tree root. I saw it there but I didn’t think anything of it and I just kept going alone and as soon as I hit that route it just pitched my bike completely sideways and I hit the deck pretty hard. I was pretty disoriented when I was getting up. I tried to get going again but I only lasted one lap then I knew I had nothing left so I thought it was the smart/safe thing to do to pull off.
Longname – Is everything good? Nothing to worry about coming into this weekend?
Meston – No no I’m good, other than I’ve had some prolonged little injuries through this season, other than that I’m basically 100%. I feel awesome and I’m glad to be out here, I love the warm weather
Longname – What injuries are those?
Meston – Well in Kamloops I got ran over in the second moto and I hurt my lower back, my glutes and my tailbone so it’s been giving me grief basically all year. It’s pretty much gone now, until after a day of riding then it really starts aggravating me. I can just sit here and sulk and feel sorry for myself but there are probably about 15 or 20 other racers out there that probably got problems too that is just as bad or worse. Everybody has their hurdles to overcome.
Longname – So what would you say your overall thoughts on the day would be? Minus the DNF.
Meston – It was so so, I wasn’t really pleased with the way I rode in the first moto, I just didn’t have a whole lot of jam. I guess you could say just I wasn’t accessing my jam, I was just going through the paces. At the same time, you want to kind of preserve myself because there are two motos to race, so I had kind of thought in my mind. I felt good with my ride in the second moto it was just a shame that I couldn’t keep it on two wheels. But I’m still here and in the series so I can take that as a positive and be glad that I am still cruising around.
Longname – (laughing) So I came across the clip of you doing a global news interview do you remember doing that? You seemed a bit “stiff” while doing it. It was pretty funny
Meston – (laughs) I know! It’s funny because when you talk about moto to moto people, they understand when you’re saying a specific term about motocross the people with in moto understand what you are saying. We kind of went over the questions beforehand and said what she was going to say to me. Then when we are actually on camera she worded stuff differently I was like “oh no how do I explain this so that I don’t sound like an idiot” (laughing). I pause for like 5 seconds and was like “oh no what do I say”. She asked me one question and I was like “I don’t get the question and I don’t know what to say so that I don’t sound like a complete moron” then I just didn’t say anything. That’s so funny that you brought that up, I got so much heat from people for that, it was hilarious!
(global news video)
Longname – So I’m going to leave you off with this last question. Do you have any good goon stories or a goon moment that happened to you?
Meston – I believe this happened last year but I was down in California, we were at Glen Helen. I was there with Shawn Maffenbeier and a few others. It was late in the day and there was one big step up hip jump it was like maybe 70 feet. I don’t know what happened or what was going through my head but for some reason, I went off this thing like wide open and over jumped it like crazy. I fell out of the sky like 20 or 25 feet to flat. I was fine but I crashed landed like so hard, flew off the track and whiskey throttled, then kind of dumped it over. And the first thing I thought was “oh my God people probably saw that!” And I thought it was sweet and I get up and look at the big bank where everybody parks and nobody saw it. (laughing) I was so mad that no one saw it; I thought it was going to be epic. I was pretty bummed; I rode back to the truck and they were like “how was the moto?” And I was like “it was fine…” I told him later that I crashed. I actually crashed so hard that I blew the soul out of my boot, it just like ripped off. They were like “holy that must have been a crazy crash” and I was like “you don’t even know…”
Longname – haha funny stuff! Good story. Thanks for taking the time to chat with me. Good luck!