GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Goes Inside the Mind of Nick Hansen

NEWS February 14, 2013

GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Goes Inside the Mind of Nick Hansen

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 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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