Monday Conversation II: Kevin WindhamMonday, April 21, 2008 | 1:18 AM
Torco Racing Fuels Honda’s Kevin Windham is quietly having one of the best supercross seasons he’s ever had, it’s just that there is one guy that, by points, is still having a little bit better of a season, and that’s his championship rival Chad Reed. Windham has yet to finish outside the top five in a single race this year, and the St. Louis round this past weekend marked his third win of the series. Unfortunately for Windham, Reed finished only one spot behind him, which made his points gain minimal on the 2004 champ.
Still, Windham has a lot of fight in him yet, and he’s not afraid to talk about it.
Kevin Windham: It was a good night – all except for the points thing. I just didn’t make enough points. But I’m losing sight of what I did tonight, and how good I rode, and it’s kind of one of those nights where I rode good from start to finish, and I need to be happy with that. If I don’t win the championship, that’s fine, but the closer you get, the hungrier you become, and the tougher the pill is to swallow, hypothetically speaking, if you lose the thing. But we’re going to the wild Northwest, where it’s more than likely going to be wet, and I love that kind of stuff, so anything can happen. I don’t know what’s going on with that shoulder of his, but he sure did ride good for having a cracked scapula.
Once you got by him, though, it seemed like he was quick to back it off, and it seemed like he didn’t put up much of a fight.
I heard a bit about you and Chad Reed having a confrontation at the track walk. Is that true?
Yeah, I mean, he’s not happy with me calling him out, you know? But I don’t feel like last weekend he worked like a lapper. A lapper’s supposed to give way, and I think he ran me high, and I think it’d be easy for a guy going for a championship to be kind of pissed and run somebody high who was coming by to challenge him. I think that would be kind of easy to do, and I don’t know, maybe I called it wrong, but I called it like I felt it and like I saw it, and if it’s different than what he did, then oh well. That’s just the way it goes. And ever since then, he’s supposedly lost a lot of respect for me, so the feeling’s mutual, and we’ll just race. That’s what we do. I’m not good at all the rest of this stuff that goes into it, I just really want to race it out and I want to get closer, and I want to pass him. We’ll just see where it goes.
I’m fired up seven days a week right now, you know? I read his Monday Conversation [last Monday] about how he couldn’t believe that he was that much better than everybody with a hurt shoulder, and I don’t think very many people would show up to watch Chad Reed ride 20 laps by himself, so I think he needs to give some credit to the guys, whether or not they’re as fast as him or as good as him – they’re working their asses off to make it in this race, and they deserve credit for being on the track. If he don’t think I made enough points that weekend, or anything like that, that’s fine, but don’t knock these guys because these guys make his job, his career, and his life, and made him the millions that he’s made coming from Australia over here to race against us Americans in an American series. I think he needs to be pretty grateful to these guys. The talking that’s been going on, it’s commenced, and it’s not going to stop until somebody wins the championship. The only difference between me and him is if I’m not in this championship hunt next year, I don’t care, because a good person’s a good person, and I think we’ve had a different run of opinions, and I’ll stay true to mine.
Is your plan simple for the next couple races? Is it as simple as just going out and trying to win, and that’s it?
Yeah, that’s it. It sounds like a simple plan. I’ve got one objective in my plan, so I wish a lot of the other guys would’ve been up there. I wish [Timmy] Ferry would’ve been up there, I wish [Davi] Millsaps would’ve... It’s like, every opportunity I had today kind of went to the wayside. Dan [Reardon] didn’t make it... I just wish there was a lot of people up there that could’ve gotten between us, but it wasn’t in the cards. That’s just the way it goes. He rode a great race tonight, and the damage control for him was incredible, so at this point, I can only worry about myself, and what I need to do is win. It’s pretty simple. It’s the hardest thing in the world to do, but it’s a simple plan.
I guess tonight it was pretty easy, though. I just need to keep what I have good going for me. There are two rounds left, and I’m as focused as I’ve ever been right now. To not be thinking about going into the outdoor series right now is really helping me to remain focused and try to go for this thing.
I’d race, and I think that’s what Trey did. Emotions are tight there, and I’m going to stay out of it. Mitch [Payton] is a great friend of mine, and Trey’s a great competitor, and I can understand it being heated and stuff. You’d like to think that there could’ve been a way out of it and those guys could’ve duked it out for the remainder of the race, but I was surprised that both guys put themselves in the positions they needed to be in, and both guys seemed to handle the pressure very well, and it was a great ending for Trey Canard and not a great ending for Villopoto and his team. That’s the way it goes, but it’s tough for a rookie to come in there like that, and he did a great job.
And the same thing’s going on with me and Chad. There’s so much that goes into one of these things, you know? So much blood, sweat and tears from everyone on our team, who all put in as much, if not more, work than I do, or any one of these riders for that matter, so it’s tough. It’s a team affair, and I’m sure it hurt ‘em, but there’s got to be a winner and there’s got to be a loser, and that’s a tough one to comment on because I’ve got a lot of respect for all parties involved.