How has the season gone so far and what are your goals for the second half?
My season has gotten off to a really good start. The first two races were filthy wet and, unlike many of my competitors, I rode strong and consistent in the bad conditions. I am now sitting 10th in the series and in a great position to attack and push deeper into the top ten. My goal is to stay consistent, pin it and really go for that points battle and see where I end up.
How important is it to be on a factory team and have an active role in bike development?
I think it’s important and also very exciting. My feedback goes straight to HQ and from there we have the resources to try new things and get the bikes set up perfect for the races. Once proven, developments can then get passed on to the production bikes and everyone’s a winner.
Which of the remaining races are you most excited for and why?
Whistler is at the top of my list. I have been there the last 4 years, but it is still such an exciting place to race. The terrain is the most natural and rugged on the circuit and it’s incredible to ride. It’s going to be a great week.
Spectral or Strive?
Both for me! I ride the Spectral at home as my trails are slow speed and more technical. The smaller bike is good to throw about and get down the tight trails and because of this, I also race it a lot. Its feels like home for me. However, when we hit the alps and things get more rowdy, the Strive and its Shapeshifter get put to full use.