Dave Thorpe interview - Maxxis Mayhem for CCM
Interview Monday 27th June 2011 By Geoff Meyer
MXlarge: Dave, how are you doing?
Thorpe: I am alright, bit tired, late back from Ireland
MXlarge: An injury to Stephen Sword last weekend seems like the team is having terrible luck at the moment.
Thorpe: We all look at ourselves and wonder what else can go wrong to be honest. Stephen didn’t have a big crash, just a little crash, but he’s dislocated his shoulder, it came out and Dickey put it straight back in. Everything is fine, just needs some rehab, but we are out of it for the Championship now.
MXlarge: It’s been a tough season hasn’t it?
Thorpe: Things happen in the season, it started on the back foot in the first round with the problems with the moose’s, then the second round Stephen got a win, but now the injury to Stephen and it’s put us out of the picture.
MXLarge: Brad Anderson is riding well though it seems?
Thorpe: Brad rode well, Martin Barr rode really well in front of his home crowd, but the quickest at the moment is Kristian (Whatley).
MXlarge: we don’t get to see much of him at the GP’s, does he have potential?
Thorpe: He has potential, but the thing is Brad is a believer and Kristian doesn’t believe it yet. Jem (Whatley) was pretty much in shape when he had to be and his track craft was good and Kristian has his dads track craft, he’s inherited that. Jem always had good lines. Brad is 30 years old and Kristian is only 19.
MXLarge: How was the event itself?
Thorpe: It was good racing and a good event, but that is such a nice track. Well, you know when you see some of the tracks we are using at the minute and you see that Desert Martin circuit, which is good for racing good for viewing, good for the riders, does make you wonder sometimes. It’s one of the best tracks we go to on our calendar.
MXarge: You going to watch the Haye fight on the weekend?
Thorpe: Oh yes!!!
MXlarge: I will be hoping he can win it, but what do you think?
Thorpe: There is always the saying in Boxing that a good big Heavyweight always will beat a good small heavyweight and a small heavyweight will only beat an average heavyweight. Those brothers are good fighters, you just don’t know. I mean Holyfield managed to do it, but those brothers are underrated. If anyone can upset them it’s going to be him.