News 18 Nov 2010

Oz SX: Super X a great confidence booster for Hansen

Hansen has been hugely popular in Australia during Super X. Image: Sport The Library.

Hansen has been hugely popular in Australia during Super X. Image: Sport The Library.

Current Monster Energy Super X, Australasian Supercross Championship, points leader Josh Hansen says a number one plate from Super X would be a huge confidence booster heading into next year’s AMA Supercross West Coast Lites series.

The American has been in exceptional form during Super X for Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki, and he admits that the series is very much a training ground before he returns to the U.S. next month.

“I’ve been laying groundwork as far as fitness and race speed goes,” 25-year-old Hansen told “Every race I go to I want to win, so my goal is definitely to win the championship and also win back in the States when we get there too.

“First things first, I want to finish out here being safe and sound, putting each race together while I’m learning and moving forward each week – those are my goals.”

With the Australasian series featuring short, sharp formats, Hansen’s unsure if it will be a help or hindrance once he returns to the tradition Supercross formats at Anaheim 1 in January.

“It helps you learn to be consistent in the races, but I don’t know – I think it’s got its pros and cons about it,” Hansen said of the Super X formats. “You get wrapped up in doing the short races, so maybe a lot more laps are going to seem really long when I get back home.

“But at the same time, we’re sprinting the whole time so it can definitely help you get faster on the bike in a race situation.”

Hansen maintains a 32-point lead in the series heading into Saturday night’s Dunedin round in New Zealand.

To check out our full Mid Week interview with Hansen, click on this link.