Maple syrup chugging, cow racing and everything else the shredder from Vermont has planned for 2014.
KTM A-class amateur phenom and Red Bull All-Star Dakota Alix had a tough go during the 2013 season, his last full year as an amateur. We caught up with the rising star to talk about this past year, plans for the future, and life in Vermont.
1. What have you been up to after the amateur motocross finals at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch?
I went home to Vermont to take some time off. Unfortunately, I crashed at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch and broke two of my ribs, bruised my organs and got a little concussion. Yesterday was actually my first day back on the bike. I've been taking it easy and having fun on the road bike.
2. You are one of the big question marks for 2014. What’s the plan, pro or another year as an amateur?
Man, that was a big question mark for me after Loretta’s. The plan was to make my pro debut at Hangtown in 2014, and if I went to Loretta’s and killed it, that was what I was going to do. But not being able to race, made me reconsider staying another year in the amateur ranks. Regardless of what happens, I'm excited for the future and I'll be working hard to make sure I'm prepared.
3. As KTM's premier amateur rider, have you been in talks to step on board with the Red Bull KTM pro team?
I'll actually be riding for the KTM/OrangeBrigade/FMF team and I'm pumped and very grateful for that. So no [Red Bull KTM]. Last year, they were helping me out and building my bikes for competition. World Mini went good, I won both of the Schoolboy championships, but at Loretta’s, I ended up getting knocked out and not racing one class and placing third in my other class. It's one of my goals to ride for Roger Decoster someday. He's the man and if he hires you, it means you're doing something right.
4. How is life in Vermont? Do you guys have maple syrup chugging contests and everything?
I love Vermont. I live in Jay, which borders Canada so we get a lot of snow. But the summers up here are awesome. We do have the maple syrup chugging contests, it's kind of dying off though. Cow racing is the new cool thing for us Vermonters.
5. Heading into next year, what would you say is your biggest strength? And what are you going to focus on improving?
I'd say my biggest strength is that I'm willing to do whatever it takes to be successful in this sport. This past year was filled with injuries and "what would have happened if I was racing and not watching" moments and all that did was fuel the fire in me. I think I needed that. As for improving, I'm going to try to stay healthy and nail my starts. Good starts make life much easier.
6. Now for the hard-hitting stuff: What are some changes that you would like to see made in moto?
I would like to see more corporate sponsors enter the sport. It seems like the factory team positions are getting smaller every year. Sponsors are having a difficult time spreading support to a growing privateer population, making it difficult for racers to make it to every round of the series. I would like to see the sport continue to grow.
I know this will never happen, but I think we need to bring back the 125 and 250 two-stroke class.
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