GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Goes Inside the Mind of Nick Hansen
NEWS February 14, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 14, 2013) – AMA Pro Racing got a chance to interview 19-year-old rider Nick Hansen. In a brief interview, the Wisconsin rider discussed his plans for the 2013 season as well as his own personal goals and predictions on what the new year will bring.
AMA Pro: You raced strictly in Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson competition last year, but rumor has it you might be switching back to riding in Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport. Which class will have your main focus in 2013?
Hansen: As of right now, my plan is to race in both classes this year. However, I only intend to bring my Harley-Davidson down to Daytona for the one Vance & Hines race. Other than Daytona, I expect to compete in every SuperSport race on a Buell that I got from a dealership close by my house.
AMA Pro: What kind of off-season testing have you been doing?
Hansen: I really haven’t been road racing at all due to the heavy snow where I live in Wisconsin. I’ve actually been doing a lot of ice riding on my dirt bike. I’ve also been doing a lot of training with ROTC on a regular basis.
AMA Pro: You finished 41st in the overall Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson point standings in 2011. In 2012, your statistics improved drastically with a 12th place overall finish. What adjustments did you make and how will that momentum carry over to 2013?
Hansen: In 2011, being my first year as a pro, we kind of used it as a testing platform to get my feet wet in the sport. I was also the victim of a few mishaps with my motorcycles which led to some DNF’s. Last year, we basically put the SuperSport class aside and put all of our focus on the Harley. I really think having the experience of one season under my belt helped me capture several top-ten finishes in 2012.
AMA Pro: What kind of goals have you set for yourself going in to 2013?
Hansen: Right now I’m aiming for as many top-five finishes as possible. I’ve been working very hard this offseason on my conditioning. I think being physically fit on the course makes a huge difference in the outcome of races. I’ve been riding over 100 miles per week to get myself ready for Daytona.
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