Interviews 12 Nov 2013

Race Recap: Daniel McCoy

Motorex KTM's Dan McCoy reflects on his Queensland Supercross triumph.

Motorex KTM’s Dan McCoy has always been a title threat in supercross and a more-than-handy motocrosser. The New South Welshman put in two solid performances over the past couple of weekends to claim the Pro Open Queensland Supercross title.

MotoOnline.com.au caught up with DMC as he prepares for this weekend’s final round of the Terex Australian Supercross Championship at Toowoomba to find out what went down.

Dan McCoy was all smiles after clinching the Queensland Supercross Championship. Image: KTM/Stephen Hope.

Dan McCoy was all smiles after clinching the Queensland Supercross Championship. Image: KTM/Stephen Hope.

Congrats on picking up the Pro Open Queensland Supercross title, bud. How are you feeling?

Yeah I’m feeling great and it it’s awesome to pick up a title and some reward for all the hard work I’ve put into supercross this year. Sure it’s a state title, but a win’s a win no matter what.

The last championship I won was the NSW state title in 2006 when I was on a KTM as well. We don’t actively go out to win the state championships, but if they fit well into our national schedule like this Queensland one did, I’ll definitely give it a crack.

Jake Moss won the first round last weekend, but by winning on the weekend you won the title. It must’ve been pretty interesting racing.

Yeah, we started off with two six-lap heats that I finished 3-2 in, then I won the Dash for Cash. In the main event I got the lead on the first lap and had Jake behind me for about six laps. I could see and hear him coming and I started to cover his lines and we battled until he tucked the front end and I was able to finish it off from there.

How did you find the Queensland championship as a whole? Every rider we’ve talked to is raving about it.

Both events were awesome and it was obvious the Marshalls and Haworths put in a lot of time and energy into them. The tracks were big and wide, which made for good racing and passing opportunities, and the Leyburn round had technical sections where the better guys could step up and make it more interesting.

It was obvious the championship was run by riders, for riders, not to mention the priz emoney they pulled was unreal. I haven’t seen that in god-knows how long.

Both rounds had $2000 for first place, and paid back to $500 for fifth, and there was another $500 up for grabs in the Dash for Cash head-to-head race. I ended up winning the Dash as well, so it was a good day.

On top of the prizemoney for Opens and Lites, all the other class podiums received trophies and prizes such as Ogio bags and GoPros. I haven’t seen that sort of thing in ages. It was kick-arse how they made it worthwhile for the C-graders to have a go and I have no doubt this series will grow next year, because everyone will be raving about it.

McCoy sits fifth entering the ASX final this weekend in Toowoomba. Image: Grant Reynolds/FiftySix Clix.

McCoy sits fifth entering the ASX final this weekend in Toowoomba. Image: Grant Reynolds/FiftySix Clix.

Great stuff. You’re currently riding a supercross-only contract with the Motorex KTM team. How’s that been?

It’s been awesome. The team is a great bunch of guys, but it’s been frustrating to not get the results I was after. The tracks haven’t helped either, as I don’t think they’ve been up to the standard we saw last year.

Mount Gambier was great, but Darwin and Phillip Island were horrible. Hopefully this weekend at Toowoomba will be better as last year’s track was awesome.

No doubt you’ll want to finish the year off on a high note, with the silly season in full swing?

Without a doubt. I’ve had two fun weekends with good results and I want to end 2013 with a bang. I haven’t got any deals lined up at all for 2014, although I am trying to line something up overseas early next year.

So, yeah, I want to go out on a high and at least get a podium. I haven’t had one all year, which is pretty ridiculous!

In the points chase I’m only four points off Peick in fourth place, but I’m not sure if he’s coming back for this round. But then I’ve got Jay Marmont only two points behind me, so I’ve got my hands full.

Sounds like it’s shaping up to be a ripper, mate. Good luck out there – let’s hope the rain stays away this year.

Definitely. Thanks mate, speak soon.

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