Colton Haaker is an experienced Endurocross rider with a heavy Trials background, who just took his very first Endurocross career win in Las Vegas. Recently switching to Kawasaki for the 2012 season, Haaker has been putting in 110% effort and focus into the Endurocross season. It's been a long time coming for the California-native who bowed to the ground to soak up the moment after he crossed the finish. We caught up with Haaker to exchange a few words about his big win and his plans going into Sacramento. Enjoy.
Firstly congrats! Winning the first Endurocross of the season is a huge deal, especially after Taddy's unbeatable season. Now that your home and looking back on the weekend, how does it feel? Still a little surreal?
I think the race has already sunk in, I'm already back to the grind! I've already jumped back into my weekly program and am looking forward to repeating at the next round. I'm motivated right now, I have been all year.
We've seen you at the Glen Helen Endurocross track nearly every week practicing. What's so different in your program this year that gave you the confidence to go out and blow the class away?
I have been hard at work putting in time day-in and day-out. I've learned a lot of these past years, and I put together what I thought were positives from each year and have stayed the course.
Technically your a privateer on your Lucas Oil Kawaski. Has anyone approached you since Friday about helping you out for the season?
No just a lot of congratulations. I have had help from Kawasaki all year. I am on the best bike out there. I believe that for sure.
Being on a new bike and considering it was the first round, what were you goals coming into the weekend?
My goal was to win. I go into every race with the goal of winning.
Was there a moment in the Main event that you thought you might lose it?
No I never thought anything of it. I put my head down, focused and raced the track.
Did you realize how close Justin Soule was behind you and that Taddy had a last place start?
I knew Justin was there, but I didn't mind much. I was super comfortable with the pace I was going I don't think I made a serious bobble the entire race. I never pushed the front end or placed a wheel wrong. And no, I didn't know Taddy fell in the first turn.
At the end of the race, you laid your bike down and knelt to the ground for a few moments. What was going on there?
I was just taking it in. It was a feeling that I had been wanting for the past four years. I always knew I had it in me, I just finally pulled it out.
Describe this weekend in 5 words.
Awesome. Fun. Relief. Surreal. Craziness.
What are your plans heading into Sacramento?
I'm just going to keep on, keepin' on.
Who would you like to thank?
Lucas Oil, Rockstar, Maxxis, Scott, Kawasaki. My parents, my girlfriend Hannah, Scotty Mac and family, my minder Josh, my trainer Charles, my friends and family. Thank you!