Quinn Amyotte 2023 Tampa SX Interview | Typed
By Billy Rainford
I made a decision to attempt a bit of on-line transcription software program known as Descript to do the heavy lifting of the podcast interview with #614 Quinn Amyotte after the 2023 Tampa Supercross. It was Quinn’s first AMA Supercross so I needed to ensure we documented it sufficiently. Right here’s our interview from the Monday after the race:
Direct Motocross: Nicely, like I all the time say, we solely get an opportunity to do these items for the primary time as soon as, and it’s Quinn Amyotte’s flip. We stored in shut contact throughout the lead as much as this race and through it, however, now we gotta discover out what his ideas are afterwards. Quinn simply raced his first-ever 250 East Supercross race there in Tampa final weekend.
Quinn, man, thanks for taking extra time with us.
Quinn Amyotte: Hey. Yeah, after all. Thanks, Billy. I positively had a variety of enjoyable this weekend.
Yeah, man, we’ll discuss particulars, however you’ve got to be fairly pleased with the way in which it went apart from, nicely, we’ll discuss your crash too. However it’s a must to be fairly completely happy.
Yeah, I’m positively completely happy. It’s good to get it in on the primary go. So I’m positively pleased with that.
Yeah, for certain. And once more, it’s a type of issues too, it’s not assured each week. So I imply, you already know, you may’t simply mail the remainder of these in.
No, precisely, precisely. I used to be proper on the bubble. So it was positively demanding, ready until all of the practices have been over and stuff to see if I used to be gonna make it in. However yeah, I’m completely happy I received it in .
Yeah, that’s unbelievable. Simply so as to add to your stress of the primary one, ending up fortieth, that’s loopy.
Okay, the place are you proper now?
I’m again at Luke‘s (Renzland) now.
All proper. And also you mentioned you’re doing a little bike work?
Yeah, so I received a brand new set of suspension earlier than I raced this weekend, which was loads completely different than what I’ve been utilizing and it was loads higher. So I needed to carry that again off the race bike. After which received my follow bike all able to go together with that stuff. After which they needed me operating the graphics and every part that I ran on the weekend, so simply been doing little stuff like that, preparing for the week.
Good. Hey, how did you discover that, by the way in which, going with full-on Supercross suspension? Had been you okay turning it and stuff like that? How rapidly did you adapt?
Yeah, so, the entire time I’ve been down right here I’ve simply been driving a Supercross suspension. They made me some at dwelling, which is unquestionably not stiff sufficient.
It’s, I imply, I could make it work, however, uh, positively want a bit of stiffer. I solely had a day-and-a-half after which press day on the suspension, so it was loads to study in a brief, brief period of time. However, I positively prefer it. It’s so significantly better. Every little thing’s much more forgiving, however such as you say, it’s a little trickier to show, however I’ve managed all of it proper.
Main as much as it, how was your Friday night time’s sleep? Did you get any?
Surprisingly, it was good. I wasn’t too nervous, really. It was bizarre. I believe it was, it was like, it’s going to those races, it’s such a giant stage that it’s virtually extra nerve-wracking in Canada as a result of it’s like, oh man, I gotta do good. I gotta do good. However once you’re right here it’s like, nicely, you already know, it goes the way it’s gonna go, proper?
For certain. I imply, your first one, there’s no expectation It’s an excellent defence mechanism, too, proper? You set no stress on your self. You simply hold telling your self, “Hey man, first one, don’t, uh, don’t freak out.” And now, after all, the strain sort of begins constructing as you go to the subsequent few.
Precisely. Yeah. The primary one’s sort of a gimme that one there. You sort of, you’re taking what you get, such as you mentioned.
Now, the issue is you made it in your first one. Now you have to make it [every time]!
I do know. That’s alright. I’m okay with that.
Nicely, nicely first off, I wanna say because of Kyle Snelgrove from OGs Moto who was good sufficient to sort of go into your pits and discover you and do some little interviews all through the day. So, we respect you letting him try this as nicely. And I assumed it was sort of humorous as your left eye closed increasingly in every video.
Yeah, I do know. I’ve been having some troubles with the black eye, however that’s all proper. Yeah, it was. It was good to have the interviews. So many Canadians have been reaching out to me and stuff, which was superior.
So, I positively felt like I needed to do these interviews for them and stuff, so thanks for posting ’em and every part.
I received’t be capable of be at Arlington, so we’re gonna should sub somebody in for Arlington too.
However no, it was nice. We respect you taking the time and stuff…and it’s a type of issues that once I’m on the races, I by no means actually know whether or not to only get within the riders’ faces or whether or not I’m screwing up their focus and stuff.
It’s all the time a wonderful. It doesn’t trouble me an excessive amount of, so I’m completely cool with it.
Okay, nicely you’re gonna be sorry you mentioned that in Daytona. I’m gonna sit on the again of your bike: “Sooner, Quinn.” LOL So that you get there, free follow and stuff like that. Who did you stroll the observe with really?
So, I walked in with my mechanic Myles and the crew. It’s intimidating strolling it, truthfully. When you get on the bike, every part’s loads completely different. So that you stroll it and it’s like, oh man, this appears to be like enormous. And then you definately get on the bike and it’s not that dangerous.
Okay, nicely take us by way of it. It regarded like fairly darkish dust and was fairly overcast. Was it powerful to see? Was it okay throughout the day?
No, it was good. It was overcast and it was good, really, as a result of often Tampa has an issue with drying out all through the day and qualifying and stuff, and it will get actual sketchy, apparently. So it was good that it was overcast and the observe stayed good all morning after which it sort of rained a bit all through the night time.
However truthfully, each time I raced within the night time program, it didn’t rain in any respect. So I used to be first warmth after which it rained throughout the second warmth after which it stopped raining for the LCQ and stuff. So I received tremendous fortunate with it and the observe was like excellent all night time. It guess it sort of wanted that raid. And people guys know what they’re doing with these tracks, so that they in all probability figured all of it out completely. However yeah, it was superior all night time.
Okay, excellent. Okay, nicely take us by way of your day, beginning with free follow. I can’t keep in mind once you crashed and hit your face. Take us by way of free follow and the crash and what occurred.
Yeah, so free follow was all proper. I sort of simply took the time to determine all of it out and stuff. After which it was really within the first qualifier that I crashed. I simply came visiting the dragon’s again after which I didn’t get sufficient for the second-last whoop after which grabbed all the final whoop and immediately I knew I used to be gonna go over the bars, so I sort of simply jumped off rapidly, which positively helped as a result of if I had tried to journey it out, it in all probability would’ve been loads worse.
However I positively hit into that subsequent face fairly laborious and damage my shoulder and gave my head a hoop and stuff. So fortunately we had an excellent period of time earlier than the subsequent qualifier to relaxation up and stuff, after which I figured I’d go for it. I wasn’t gonna not go for it. So, I went out and I believe crashing took away some nerves. I used to be like, nicely, that was in all probability the worst factor that would have occurred. Nicely, we already received that outta the way in which after which yeah, simply went for the remainder of it.
And second qualifier felt actually good. They groomed the observe up in any case the primary stuff. So all of the transitions and stuff have been loads higher after they groomed it once more.
And I simply felt loads higher. My bike was model new, so I believe each time I rode it it broke in additional and I believe that helped loads. Like, by the point the LCQ got here round, my bike felt the perfect it felt all day. So I believe that helped loads. After which, yeah, simply received in, despatched a pair good lap occasions by way of the second qualifying and made it into the night time present.
And the warmth race I used to be fairly nervous, truthfully. I went into the primary flip and was like, nicely, right here we go. Sort of simply discovered. Truthfully, I held again fairly a bit within the warmth race. I simply needed to return out alive, simply needed to get by way of that first race.
After which within the LCQ I felt much more comfy and truly was in a position to race and felt fairly good for many of it. I used to be across the tenth place spot, after which I fell off the observe within the sand misplaced a spot or two. So it was all proper.
However apart from that, yeah, I can’t complain. It was an superior time. I realized a lot, and now that I’ve received a pair races below my belt, I’m excited now for Texas.
Like all people says, I imply, I’m certain you’ve spoken to tons of people that’ve performed a couple of of those and the very first thing is clearly the nerves after which it’s simply development. Then the bottom line is studying and observe quick to get an excellent qualifying time to get an excellent gate decide. And then you definately gotta get begins, clearly.
I discovered you on the road because the gate dropped for that warmth and it was like oh, he’s gonna go for it, however hen you sort of backed off a bit of bit and kinda needed to really feel your manner by way of that first flip and thru the primary rhythm part.
Yeah, precisely. I positively didn’t know what to anticipate. I didn’t know if it was gonna be like bar-banging each single flip or what it was gonna be. So everybody positively performed it fairly secure and I simply didn’t know what to anticipate. Everybody’s a extremely good rider, so everybody has actually good spatial consciousness and stuff, so it’s not as sketchy as I used to be anticipating it to be. So I’m positively gonna go ahead a bit of extra subsequent time.
After which the second, I imply, sorry, the LCQ, you ended up proper behind our previous pal Logan Leitzel on the market. You ended up with him. Did you battle with him a bit of bit?
No, I had a fairly good hole on him. I used to be proper behind my teammate Jesse Flock after which, like I mentioned, once I went off the observe within the sand, he received by me. I handed him again down the straightaway after which he sort of minimize beneath me within the flip after which the final lap got here out and I simply had nothing for him on that final lap.
So yeah, we battled the final lap, which was enjoyable. After which gave one another props after the racing stuff. In order that was cool.
Okay, so that you have been forward of him, went down, he received by, however you caught him once more. He’s gonna love listening to this. So that you closed proper in on him like he was standing nonetheless? Haha
Yeah, no, under no circumstances. By no means. I received going proper behind him. I used to be proper on him once I received again on the observe and stuff, so I wouldn’t say I caught again as much as him. I like, I like racing with individuals which might be clear and stuff, so it was good. Oh, that’s superior.
We will throw in that your greatest lap time was a bit faster than Logan’s.
Was it? Didn’t know that.
It’s laborious to make Logan mad, so I’m doing my half.
Oh, there you go. Similar as me.
So then the night time is finished. Did you watch the, clearly you went inside and watched the mains?
No, I didn’t, really. I used to be again on the rig doing bike work.
You didn’t watch the mains?
It was raining and stuff and I used to be in no rush to get again and watch the races. I needed to tear my bike aside and stuff to take the suspension off it and every part. I stayed again and helped my mechanic with my bike stuff after which helped the crew with the tent and every part as a result of the 450 guys and all their mechanics have been busy. I figured I’d assist out a bit.
It’s sort of bizarre, isn’t it, in a Supercross day…as quickly because the mains and the night time present begins, all people simply begins closing down their pits and the pits are a bit of little bit of a ghost city.
Yeah, precisely. So I used to be sitting within the pits after the race and I used to be simply hanging on the market. I didn’t really feel like dashing again into the stadium to look at it within the rain.
Talking of that, how have been you feeling and are you okay now? Did you ring your bell fairly and what does your eye appear like now?
Nicely, really the attention isn’t even from that. I did my eye some time in the past and it’s simply by no means gone away. I don’t know if I blew a blood vessel in my face or one thing, however I received a black eye a bit in the past and it simply hasn’t gone away.
Ohhh, in order that was really from earlier than?!
Yeah, no, I used to be positively simply fairly shaken up. My shoulder was hurting after which like my neck’s fairly sore and stuff. I believe I simply received an excellent whiplash. I used to be really feeling all proper, like all through the night time, like nothing actually bothered me. I took an Advil after which it was the subsequent morning once I wakened, I used to be fairly sore.
I don’t know what’s happening with [my eye.] It’s just a few days it’s higher than different days. After which it’s black and it’s not black. I don’t know. It’s bizarre.
Okay. Nicely you’re an Amyotte, so there’s in all probability a terrific story for the black eye, no?
It’s truthfully nothing too thrilling, simply driving my bicycle.
It’s often good tales with you guys. So that you’ve received per week off and now you’re a three-round Supercross man, so what does the week appear like for you?
So, we’re taking at the moment off. We received a variety of rain right here, so the observe’s tremendous moist and stuff, and I may use the day without work. I’ll take at the moment off after which gonna be driving tomorrow and journey the remainder of the week, take the weekend off, after which, yeah, journey subsequent week, and I believe I’ll fly out Thursday for Texas. That’s the good factor about being with this crew is that they’ll take my bike on the market and stuff, so I don’t gotta drive, which is tremendous, tremendous superior.
Did someone will get some good video of you the entire time you’re on the market so Luke can analyze what you may work on for subsequent spherical?
Yeah, I had a couple of individuals videotaping me, which was good, however Luke really got here out for the weekend and sort of helped us out and his different riders and stuff. So it was good having him there and he is aware of like what I’ve been engaged on and stuff. So it was good for him to return up after my follow or no matter and telling me like, I may do that higher, I may try this higher or no matter as a result of he is aware of how I often do it all through the week or no matter.
So, it was positively good having his enter there after which it was additionally good having my brother and Travis (Ford) there and stuff. So I had lots of people there that have been in a position to assist me and it positively made issues loads simpler.
That’s what I used to be gonna ask you, who from the Amyotte household was really in Tampa?
Simply Bennett (Amyotte). Simply Bennett got here out. He was loving it there. He didn’t actually say a lot, you already know, he was simply completely happy that I made it in. He was superior about it and it was super-nice having him there.
Full denims outfit on or what? Does he signal autographs lately or what’s happening?
No, no denims outfit, however positively lots of people nonetheless acknowledged him.
That’s superior. I assume you’re not gonna attempt to discover a something to race this weekend, so full off weekend, simply simply practice, practice, practice?
Yeah, just about. Travis is heading out this weekend, so I believe we’re gonna go journey this weekend ,nicely, he’ll journey at the very least, and I believe we’re gonna go over to Pax Monitor after which he flies outta Orlando on Sunday. In order that’s the plans for the weekend. After which, yeah, begin coaching.
Cool, as a result of my pal from Okay Deam Optics, Brendan Goldstein, he lives in Palm Coast, so it’s proper down the street. I’m gonna inform him to go journey with you guys.
Nicely, it’s all the time enjoyable to speak to individuals after their first race, after all, after which sort of watch because it progresses now, as a result of every part simply sort of modifications, proper?
Why don’t we simply ask you to thank some individuals earlier than we allow you to go get again to your, uh, air filters…
Yeah, thanks. I respect it. It was positively good to get it in there and race and stuff. I believe I realized extra in these two races than I’ve the entire month. I’ve been down right here coaching, so it was positively good to make it in on my first time. And yeah, simply the entire crew for every part they did for me, they’re all the time on it. Every little thing I wanted, they have been on it. Myles my mechanic and my brother for popping out. And everybody else that has helped me get right here and every part, I actually respect it.
One final thing, when somebody who is aware of what they’re doing on the crew asks, “Hey, what can we alter?” How is your enter? Had been you in a position to say, I want this tighter, this looser, this softer, you already know, have been you in a position to sort of allow them to know what you want?
Truthfully, this weekend it was fairly powerful. Like I mentioned, I used to be breaking in a brand new bike and stuff, and the suspension was nonetheless fairly new, so I used to be simply sort of letting it go. I used to be simply driving it, breaking it in, and we didn’t actually contact something, truthfully, so that they positively requested and I simply mentioned, “I’m simply gonna depart it, I really feel good.” So I simply left it for the weekend. However I believe now that the bike’s damaged in, I’ll be capable of discover various things. Now that I’m a bit of extra comfy with the suspension and every part. All proper, cool man, that’s superior.
Nicely, once more, thanks for taking the time with us. Thanks for letting Kyle Snelgrove get in there and for giving us your time. All people simply cherished, seeing what you needed to say and every part, so we’ll have to seek out somebody to do this in Texas subsequent.
Yeah, sounds good. Yeah, I respect it. Thanks guys for every part.