Champion Chat presented by M1 PowerSports: Tommy Hayden (Part 2) is the second part of a two-part interview. To view the first part of the interview on the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing website, please visit http://www.amaproracing.com/rr/news/index.cfm?cid=53996
M1: Do you think the family dynamic at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca last weekend helped?
TH: Laguna’s my favorite race event of the year. I love everything about it. The track, atmosphere, and getting together to race with both my brothers is just a bonus on top. It’s an event I look forward to. It seems to come a little bit easier for me at Laguna. I’ve won a lot of races there and gotten podium there many times. I like having my family there. It kind of takes us back to the days when we first started
M1: What is your ultimate goal in motorcycle racing?
TH: Obviously, I’m 34 years old, so the majority of my career’s behind me, but I’d like to win another championship before I’m finished. That’s the main thing now, and to just enjoy myself. I would still like to win some more races. I like the competition and continue by winning races and another championship or two.
M1: Tell us about New Orleans and how much of a fun city it can be.
TH: I had never been to New Orleans until we went there for the test. It was cool to check it out. I had heard a lot about it from friends and family. It’s a great place seeing everything in person and I think it’s awesome to finish our season off there. Having Cameron and M1 PowerSports behind the event is a big bonus, and you can expect a great event. I’m looking forward to it. It’s awesome to have a new racetrack and facility of that caliber on our schedule.
M1: What did you think of the track?
TH: There were sections that I really liked. The last section was my favorite. It was pretty technical. The last few corners are pretty technical, so when you get it right, it’s pretty cool. It was a new track, so it had a few challenges with our tires, but towards the end, I feel like we found the right way with those. Going back, we won’t have the same problems. It’s a little bit of a tricky track because it feels kind of wide and it’s difficult to find your way on a new track without any reference point, but in the end, I think it’s going to provide some great racing.
M1: Any comments on the M1 PowerSports events from previous seasons?
TH: In my opinion, Cameron and his staff set the bar for promoting races and promotion in general. You can tell they put in the effort and do more promoting than most of the other people. Their races have more of a fan turn out than others, and it’s good to see in our sport. We didn’t have as many races in the last two years, so to add new tracks and them as promoters is a plus for the riders and our series.
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