Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether Bobby Kiniry is happy or unhappy because he almost always has a big smile on his face. This past summer was a tough one for Kiniry. He started off the 2013 Monster Energy MX Nationals a little on the slow side, especially since he had a very successful supercross series during the winter. Kiniry is a veteran though, and at each round of the series he slowly improved. By the final two rounds he found his way to the top step of the podium. We caught up to him moments after his second moto win on Sunday.
Q: Great job today Bobby, it must have felt good to get another moto win before the off season kicks in.
A: Thanks Palms, I appreciate that. Yes, it felt really good to win moto two today. You know, I felt great right from the beginning of practice. I got here early on Saturday and watched some amateur racing and I got to see some lines that I ended up using in that final moto. I’ve always liked this track so when I got out front I just rode my own race.
Q: You had some good battles today with a few different riders.
A: Yes, we had a few good ones today. There were a lot of guys going fast today and since the track was a little hard to pass on, we kind of bottled up so we stayed close. It was fun to end the season like that. I battled the Medaglia brothers, I almost had a real good battle with Metty but he ended up going down, and then in the last few laps I just tried to stay in front of Thompson.
Q: In moto one you were running near the front but I saw you tip over in one of the deep ruts.
A: We were going pretty fast out there. When you’re going that hard and riding on the edge, sometimes you get it wrong and that’s what happened, I just overcooked a rut and lost my balance. I think I was only down for like two seconds, but when you’re that close that’s all it takes to lose a few spots.
Q: It was nice to see you get the holeshot in moto two. Did you feel confident sitting on the gate?
A: For sure, I thought I made some mistakes on the start in moto one so I made a couple of adjustments and it worked out. Once I was out front I just had a whole new mentality and I settled in and rode my own race. Just like in Moncton, when you can get out front on this type of track, it makes such a difference. You don’t get roosted and you can just pick your lines. I wish I could get the holeshot every time (laughs).
Q: What a great way to end 2013 and now it’s on to next year. It was announced today that you will be back in 2014 under the Yamaha tent.
A: Yes, that’s a done deal so I have that to look forward to. We have a new bike for 2014 so that’s going to be great. I can’t wait to get some time on it and start testing.
Q: What does the next few months look like for you?
A: I think this off season is going to be a little different for me. I think I’m going to lay off the racing a little bit and get my body looked after. I have some issues with my knee that I want to get looked at so I’m just going to take the winter off, be with the family and get healthy for 2014. That’s the plan right now anyways.
Q: One last question Bobby, do you feel like you used up one of your nine lives last weekend in the crazy first turn pile up at Unadilla?
A: Oh man, for sure I did. You know, I saw that coming so I backed out of it early and I was able to avoid it. I saw Canard put his head down and keep turning right and I knew it wasn’t going to work out. I’m not sure what he was thinking. For a top rider to make that move was pretty crazy. I’m just glad that I was able to avoid it.
Q: Well Bobby, you’re a class act and it’s always nice to see you win. Enjoy the off season and we’ll see you in 2014.
A: Thanks, I really enjoy my time in Canada. This is a great series with some great riders and I can’t wait to come back next year.