Jason Anderson on New Generation Kawasaki KX450 and 2024 Supercross Goals – Racer X
Anderson, also the 2014 AMA 250SX West Region Supercross champion, continued on as the rain fell, speaking to the amount of sacrifice, demand, and commitment involved in being a full-on factory rider expected to win main events and contend for championships.
“One hundred percent demanding,” he said. “There is a lot of demand on my family, too. Realistically, I’ve got to drag my wife and my daughter around 31 weekends out of the year. I live in California, so when we have East Coast races, that is flying six hours each way. Fly there on Friday and fly back on Sunday. I go to work and they’re at home. As glamorous as it can seem from the outside, it’s tough on us. Luckily, my wife is really, really supportive in the way where she sees I’m able to live my dream and everything like that. There are sacrifices you make, but at the same time, you can make a very good living and luckily I get to hang out with people that have very common interests with me. We all love what we do and I don’t think you’d make it to this level if you didn’t love it to a certain extent.”
At one point during the conversation, the talk turned to race results and the almost life and death importance they present to a rider and race team such as Anderson and Monster Energy Kawasaki.
“Yeah, as far as the results, it is tough on you because I think for a lot of us who have done it for so long, it’s really hard mentally because I think a lot of our self-worth comes from our results,” Anderson said. “Whenever you don’t have the best results it’s hard on you throughout the weeks. For me, and I’m going on my 14th year, luckily at this point I know that if I have some tough times with results and that if I keep digging, I know that the results will eventually come. I’m lucky to be in the position that I know that if I do that, the results will come. For some people, they dig, dig, and dig and nothing ever comes of it. But when you do get the results and you are on the podium and you are doing all of that, it is a cool feeling and it’s what keeps you coming back for more.”