Catching up with Aden De Jager

Catching up with Aden De Jager
Author: Aaryn Minerds

Author: Aaryn Minerds


Most Australian riders take the same path to make it to the top in Australian racing. Most will come through Juniors prove themselves get some results as a privateer or if lucky with a support ride when they first hit seniors and work their way to a ride on a top team with the best opportunity to make it as a champion in our sport. There have been the few exceptions with rider like Chad Reed and Bret Metcalfe that head virtually straight from juniors to overseas rides with top international teams, but they are the exception. Aden DeJager has done what few have done before him; he headed over the US as a privateer to race full time in arguable the best Motocross and certainly the biggest and most competitive supercross series in the world. Sure there have been Australian riders before him that have headed over as privateers to do a couple of rounds between racing in Australia, Aden however took it one step further and headed to the US with his sights set on racing a couple of full seasons in the AMA with nothing more than a bought bike and Van when he landed in the USA. Unfortunately for Aden he could not get back into the US this year when he went to return and is now in Australia and trying to piece together a ride for next year in Australia, he will also be competing in the final two rounds in this year’s SuperX series at Parramatta and Brisbane, we caught up with Aden for a chat about his US experience, the reason behind him not getting back to the US of A for 2011 and what he has lined up for the final two SuperX races of 2011. Fullnoise: Hi Jaden, how did the riding go today? Aden: Yeah good I went out to a private track near Batemans bay, I usually head down there with Mackie, It has been good, and I have put in a few solid days of riding. Really just starting to get into the flow of things, I’m mean the last time I rode supercross was Vegas (final round of the 2010 AMA Supercross series) so it has been awhile. I had my first supercross ride back out at Bopping’s a couple of weeks ago, it was my first ride back and I was worried about spoading out a bit and air wheeling off jumps but there was not too much of that so it was good. Fullnoise: You mentioned your last race was Vegas, in the AMA Supercross series, you have spent the last few years doing the privateer deal in the AMA, how has that gone for your? Aden: Pretty good, the time in America was awesome, last year I qualified for every round I entered at the supercross , I think I done 14 of the 17 rounds, I missed a couple of rounds after breaking my collarbone at one, it was a hell of an experience that is for sure. Fullnoise: You chose to go over to the US on your own, and travel the country racing as a privateer and meeting people as you went, how was that experience? Aden: It started off when I went over the first year, there was nothing happening for me over here so I said screw it, I am going to go to the states, and I am going to by a bike and a van and see what I can do. In the first year I qualified for a few supercrosses and Motocrosses and done pretty well. From there I got signed on with the Wonder Warthog team which is a privateer based outfit. Basically what they do is, they have a big rig with their sponsors and stuff on it to get our bikes from race to race, so that was the start of it with them. This year with Supercross they were starting a team, basically they ran some tryouts to get riders on their team and I ended up being the top rider from the try outs, so they gave me a race bike for the whole of the supercross season, they are mainly just a supercross team. IT was good spending the last two years travelling around, I put 65,000 Miles on the van in two years, and I definitely saw a lot of the country. Fullnoise: Doing it that way you certainly would have seen a lot of the country and also would have spent a lot of hours behind the wheel driving that is for sure it must have been a great couple of years. Aden: Honestly it was the greatest experience, I got to ride the best motocross tracks, and riding a supercross at a place like Atlanta in front of seventy thousand people was crazy. Fullnoise: You also had some good results in the AMA motocross Nationals this year, qualifying inside the top 40 at a few rounds and racing in the points paying races and by the end of the year you scored a top 20 moto result and scored yourself some AMA national points that would have to have been a good feeling. Aden: Yeah it was a good season, and my best result was at Millville, it was ridiculously hot and it was one of those days where people were kind of fading out. The hardest thing for me was I kind of lacked a little bit of raw speed, I had the stamina and I could last a whole moto, but my fastest lap would be what I could do for the whole 35 minutes, where most guys could put in a real sprint lap. This also caused me to struggle with qualifying at the early rounds, I was really starting to get down during the first half of the 2010 motocross, after coming off a pretty successful supercross season qualifying inside the top 40 at every round, then coming to motocross expecting to qualify and not really doing that much had me a little bummed. When I got to Millville I got out there and qualified and got 20th in the race, which was a hell of a feat I thought. Fullnoise: For sure, it meant you scored and AMA National point, not everyone can say that! Aden: Yeah I got my first ever AMA Pro point, the next week at Washougal , I got 24th there, it was really looking good, I also had a little bit of back luck like casing Laroccos leap at Red Bud and destroying myself there. Fullnoise: I have heard you were not planning on coming home to race; you were going back to the US until you were told you could not come back due to Visa issues, what happened there? Aden: I had the same thing lined up with Wonder warthog to race the whole Supercross series again next year, I had Rob Beeves from Moto E , complete racing solution who has signed up as a sponsor and was going to be my personal trainer. Rob had me doing gruelling workouts , I was super pumped for the season, I had two supercross tracks, a bobcat and a water truck that was all going to be at my disposal for the two months in the lead up to the season, it was all set. When I landed in the U.S.A I was stopped by boarder security and sent back home for the wrong VISA basically for what I was trying to do. Fullnoise: Is there any way around it, any way you will be able to get back over for next year? Aden: Not as of right now, I am going to try and fight it and talk to some lawyers. If I was not making any money by the end of the year in the states next year it was going to be my final year anyway, but I wanted to make it a hell of a year. It kind of sucks as I have really only done one full season, and I really felt like I had learnt so much and what I needed to do, I knew where I had to pick up. I had everything set up to go, I was basically heading straight back and getting on the bike until A1, I had everything planned, I was meant to arrive on the Tuesday and I already had a gym session planned for that Tuesday night and then the next morning I was heading to the track to ride, the track was all ready sitting there waiting for me to turn up and all those plans got put on hold very very fast. Fullnoise: That really would have sucked. Aden: Yeah it was not fun sitting at the airport being interrogated then being sent home, but hey I guess things like that happen for a reason. I don’t know I guess we will see what happens, maybe I am meant to be racing in Australia or going back to study and moving on, but I do feel like there is some unfinished business, and I feel like I am really starting to peak now, I would really like to go to Parramatta and kill it. Fullnoise: We will be seeing you out at Parramatta and Brisbane rounds of SuperX then, what have you got lined up for those rounds? Aden: Yeah, pretty much Yamaha said here you go, show us what you can do on a bike, and gave me a bike to racing with; Heffo from the Academy of off road riding helped me set that up. It was good, I wanted to see how I would go with getting sponsors and that sort of stuff and setting up my own sort of thing, it has been coming along well I have a lot on board already. My dad’s company Biketique is on board, so it will be the Biketique Yamaha that I will be racing, I have two other main sponsors on board with MotoE and Detour lifestyle which is a motorbike shop and I have my website up at where you can see the bike and all the sponsors that are helping me out at the moment. Fullnoise: So what are the plans at this stage for next year, will we see you racing the Nationals in Australia in 2011? Aden: Well at this stage I am going to say I am pretty much going to be racing in Australia, I would love to have something lined up but I have to prove myself first before I can just be offered something. Parramatta and Brisbane will be a proving ground for me, I need to go out there and ride well and have people notice me and take me seriously and hopefully offer me something. Fullnoise: Cool, hopefully a team or someone will jump onboard and you will get the support you need for 2011 over here and best of luck with the race in Parramatta, I’ll catch up with you there. Aden: Yeah thanks come over and say good day Unforunatley as this interview was about to be posted Aden crashed during a training mishap and i looks as though he has broken his Radius, ruling him out at this stage for the final two rounds of SuperX. We wish Aden a speedy recovery and hope to see him on the line at next years MX Nationals with the support he needs to go racing in 2011.

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