Breaking Supercross w/ Derek Anderson

Nov. 28, 2012 Interview
Contributors: Brent Stallo

After wrapping up the summer of dreams racing the entire outdoor national series and filming one of the most successful web series to date with the Motosport Driven to Ride campaign, Derek Anderson isn’t ready to give up the dream just yet. Entering into his first season of supercross with only a handful (literally) of rides under his belt, Anderson is going to take the Vurb faithful through the trials and tribulations of what it’s like to be a privateer in his rookie supercross season. It won’t be Driven to Ride, with its pro cameras and pro videographers. This is going to be raw and uncut, just Derek, a copy of iMovie, a few GoPros and a $600 camera. Yep, this is going to be true privateer style. Each week Derek will fill send in blogs with video updates, photos and editorial, giving viewers a full behind the scenes look into what it takes to make your dreams come true. The series will be called, Breaking Supercross, so be sure and keep up with it throughout the West Coast Supercross series and root on our boy Derek as he works to make history. But enough from us, read on to see what Derek had to say about his summer on the road and what he hopes to accomplish this supercross season.

You’re fresh off a wild summer of racing and filming for the Driven to Ride Tour, fill everyone in on what that experience was like.
It was a totally awesome experience. We really didn’t think it was going to blow up like it did. All the people that followed us, we didn’t think that we would ever reach that goal. It was a really good life experience and I’m thankful that I was able to be a part of it. It was really life changing. At times it was tough, I won’t lie, but when you’ve got a couple of friends around that you don’t mind spending 24 hours a day with for three months it definitely makes things a little bit easier.

Things are changing up. Driven to Ride was amazing but it’s now time for Supercross and you’re going to try and keep the dream alive, but in a different way. Explain the idea behind how you are going to be covering your venture into SX.
A bunch of different things are going on right now. First off, I’ve never raced Supercross and I’m doing it all by myself. I was unable to land myself a ride for Supercross, which is understandable because I’ve never actually done it. Since we had such a big hit with Driven to Ride and with me never doing Supercross before I thought it would be kind of cool to keep the story going. I know with Driven to Ride it’s more of a grassroots type thing revolved around outdoors and driving across the country, so I don’t want to take anything away from that but I do want to keep the following going as far as being a privateer and showing people the So Cal privateer lifestyle. It will be revolved around what I go through and what other privateers go through throughout the week and throughout the entire course of Supercross. For myself I’m only going to do the West Coast rounds. If I end up getting some help we may take this whole little series I want to do and maybe venture onto a 450 for the East Coast, but for right now we’re committed to the 250 on the West Coast and going to see how it goes. 

How many times have you actually ridden a supercross track?
I rode Andrew Shorts track for a few laps on motocross suspension before Freestone but I didn’t even hit everything. And today will be day number five on an actual supercross track so I definitely have my work cut out for me.

How are you progressing? Are the whoops still scary?
Right now little things have been bothering me with my bike like the chain breaking or a flat tire. I trust my ability 110% but I’m a little intimidated by the bike right now. I just want to make sure she stays together and that I can trust what is under me. It’s going to be a long process but I’m excited and each day I’m getting more and more comfortable with it.

We wish Derek all the best, and we will be showing his videos right here on vurbmoto.com every time they drop.