Thomas Covington on Team USA

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8/13/2017 10:47 AM

http://www.mxlarge.com/2017/08/13/thomas-covington-interview-usa/

MXLarge: Can you explain how it came about getting the call from Team USA?

Covington: Well, actually, after Tomac decided he wasn’t going to race, I thought there was a long shot. With my experience at Matterley, the format and I thought it would be a good option. So, I just sent Roger (DeCoster) an e-mail, and told him I was available and I really wanted to do it. Matterley is one of my favourite tracks and I rode the 450 back at home before Mexico, and it suits me really well. Speed was good and I felt really comfortable on it. I told him I could ride the 450 and I could get a good start and stay up front. So, I sent Roger the e-mail, and he replied a few times and we went backwards and forward and early this week he sent me an e-mail and told me I was in. It’s unbelievable and not many guys get this opportunity and being a racer, you never know if you are going to get that chance. Some other countries is a little different, because there are not always that many to be chosen, but to be one of those three, to be chosen, it’s unbelievable. I am really thankful for the opportunity.

MXlarge: So, the 450, or the 250. Was there any discussion, or Roger just decided? Any talks with you and Zach or Husqvarna as a team?

Covington: Well, he just told me I was in, and I went to the work-shop the next morning, and the team already knew the night before, because the had called and they were already a 450 together for me. So, I found out later on and Zach will be MX2 and Seely MX1. I am looking forward to it, I am really happy on the 250, but the 450 suits me better, so I am looking forward to doing that.

MXLarge: What about riding the 450, you have some GPs left, any temptation to ride the 450 in maybe the USGP?

Covington: I won’t race it at the GPs, I will probably stay on the 250 until after the USGP, and then maybe test a little bit, and after France we will probably stay in France and really get it dialled in.

MXlarge: I understand it’s been 17 years since a GP rider has ridden for America (Ryan Hughes in 2000). Early this year, you jumps at the chance of another team at the MXoN, did you think you had no chance for Team USA?

Covington: Yes, I really didn’t think I had any chance. I actually lined up the Puerta Rican deal last year, when I talked to him at the MXoN, been talking to him all year, sorting things out, and getting the other riders in. It wasn’t in my mind, and the season hadn’t gone to plan, but it’s getting more consistent now, some podiums and it was just enough to get Rogers attention. I think it’s a solid team, maybe not the team with the big names, but this team has a lot of heart and we will give it everything we have I think we still have a good chance to win it and looking forward to it.

MXlarge: Zach has also wanted to be on the team for some time, and finally its happened. Have you had the chance to talk with Zach or Cole yet?

Covington: I haven’t talked to Cole at all, but I have with Zach, in fact he sent me a message after Lommel and said I was killing it, this was before I knew I would be on the team, he said he knew how bad that place sucked. A few days later, he was like, dude, are you stoked. We just talk back and forth, it’s going to be fun, and we think we have a shot to win it and it’s a cool team.

MXlarge: Looking at the teams I guess France are the favourites, but so many good teams, like Holland, Belgium, Great Britain have a good team. But if you look at it, there isn’t really a stand-out team, have you looked at that and thought, wait, we can really win this?

Covington: It’s not easy for one country to have three solid guys and I think we have that. We are not superstars. Zach is clearly on it, and Cole did well this weekend at Unadilla, and I have been riding well. I am coming into my own also. We have a solid team and why not go for the win.

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8/13/2017 10:55 AM

super cool and pumped for TC and team USA

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8/13/2017 10:56 AM

Very good decision. He has experience in GPs and with the Des Nations program and also riding so good right now. I am very happy for him. Best of luck to those guys on the team. Seely rode great this week as well and we all know Zack is on fire. Should be a great effort.

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I don't have to be as smart as you hope to be some day anymore. wink

8/13/2017 11:08 AM

IF you win it this year, its because you have two GP riders on the team wink douing what the AMA riders could not do the last bunch of years.. just saying whistling

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8/13/2017 11:14 AM

Stoked for Covington, and all the USA guys. They all want to be there really badly. Saw Seely on the broadcast saying how he dreamed of going to represent Team USA. That's the way it should be. Tired of our "Stars' not wanting to go.

Best of luck to Team USA, and shame on the primadonnas who stayed home.

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8/13/2017 11:14 AM

Wishing them the best! It is rather inspiring to know all three of them are really enthusiastic about getting the nod. Attitude goes a long way...... USA!!!! Bring it home boys!!

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8/13/2017 11:16 AM

Thomas Covington has done well this year in the MXGP's, he's won 3 motos so far and has had a number of 3rd place finishes and a 2nd place finish in one moto at the Swiss GP today. He is a good choice for the team.

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“Adhering to 1970’s Standards of Political Correctness”

8/13/2017 11:19 AM

DP#201 wrote:

IF you win it this year, its because you have two GP riders on the team wink douing what the AMA riders could not do the last bunch of years.. just saying whistling

I hope the "DP" in you handle stands for "Dual Pipes"...

Quit pissing about and spouting nonsense.

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8/13/2017 11:20 AM

chrisg19 wrote:

Stoked for Covington, and all the USA guys. They all want to be there really badly. Saw Seely on the broadcast saying how he dreamed of going to represent Team USA. That's the way it should be. Tired of our "Stars' not wanting to go.

Best of luck to Team USA, and shame on the primadonnas who stayed home.

This is truth...

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8/13/2017 11:29 AM

What a task awaits Covington, he's been watching the MXGP guys for years and now steps up to the challenge, Thomas has matured into a formidable GP rider and wishing the youngster the best in the MXoN. Guts

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If you don't crash alot you just ain't going fast enough, Danny

8/13/2017 11:56 AM
Edited Date/Time: 8/13/2017 11:58 AM

Yep wrote:

What a task awaits Covington, he's been watching the MXGP guys for years and now steps up to the challenge, Thomas has matured into a formidable GP rider and wishing the youngster the best in the MXoN. Guts

Yep...

An we gunna get him "Stateside" prior to the event, plump him up on a few McD "Happy Meals" an "Relese the Crackin".

Dude... I feel badly about soiling this thread concerning TC, but you are really without reservation the most insecure "internet persona" ever. There is not enough dirt on planet earth to bury the proverbial hatchet. You need help.

Go be a jerk on another site. Please?



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8/13/2017 12:43 PM

YamahaJT1 wrote:

Yep...

An we gunna get him "Stateside" prior to the event, plump him up on a few McD "Happy Meals" an "Relese the Crackin".

Dude... I feel badly about soiling this thread concerning TC, but you are really without reservation the most insecure "internet persona" ever. There is not enough dirt on planet earth to bury the proverbial hatchet. You need help.

Go be a jerk on another site. Please?



'Tis his second persona too.

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8/13/2017 1:10 PM

Happy for TC, good choice for our team.

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8/13/2017 1:12 PM

Covington is a true racer. E-mailing Decoster because you badly want to race for your country and you know you can deliver even with a lot people doubting you?
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8/13/2017 1:15 PM

Yep wrote:

What a task awaits Covington, he's been watching the MXGP guys for years and now steps up to the challenge, Thomas has matured into a formidable GP rider and wishing the youngster the best in the MXoN. Guts

YamahaJT1 wrote:

Yep...

An we gunna get him "Stateside" prior to the event, plump him up on a few McD "Happy Meals" an "Relese the Crackin".

Dude... I feel badly about soiling this thread concerning TC, but you are really without reservation the most insecure "internet persona" ever. There is not enough dirt on planet earth to bury the proverbial hatchet. You need help.

Go be a jerk on another site. Please?



ML512 wrote:

'Tis his second persona too.

Yep....

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8/13/2017 1:26 PM

Yep wrote:

What a task awaits Covington, he's been watching the MXGP guys for years and now steps up to the challenge, Thomas has matured into a formidable GP rider and wishing the youngster the best in the MXoN. Guts

Wow , I'm kinda shocked here. You actually typed something that didn't take a complete shit on an American rider or our series. Out of all your posts ( on both your accounts you have had here ) , it's always been some sort of an insult towards anything American.

As far as Thomas goes.....I'm super pumped for the kid! Not even going to mention other riders whom could have taken that spot , and possibly done better.....but you never know , right? Dude could shock some people kind of like the way Davalos has done these past few weeks. As long as he gives it his best , that all we can ask for.

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And there goes Jeffro. One of God's own prototypes. A super high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.

Pimpin' Ho's , Rollin' fatty's......drinkin' beers , beers , beers!! ~ Ja

8/13/2017 1:31 PM

Yep wrote:

What a task awaits Covington, he's been watching the MXGP guys for years and now steps up to the challenge, Thomas has matured into a formidable GP rider and wishing the youngster the best in the MXoN. Guts

jeffro503 wrote:

Wow , I'm kinda shocked here. You actually typed something that didn't take a complete shit on an American rider or our series. Out of all your posts ( on both your accounts you have had here ) , it's always been some sort of an insult towards anything American.

As far as Thomas goes.....I'm super pumped for the kid! Not even going to mention other riders whom could have taken that spot , and possibly done better.....but you never know , right? Dude could shock some people kind of like the way Davalos has done these past few weeks. As long as he gives it his best , that all we can ask for.

The fact that he actually emailed DeCoster makes this such an awesome story! He went to the GPs as an 18 year old kid and struggled quite a bit but he has been better and better!

I know that i would want a guy like that ride for my country instead of some others that hope they don't get picked.

I'm rooting for you guys this fall, 3 great guys that deserves success!

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8/13/2017 1:38 PM

Yep wrote:

What a task awaits Covington, he's been watching the MXGP guys for years and now steps up to the challenge, Thomas has matured into a formidable GP rider and wishing the youngster the best in the MXoN. Guts

jeffro503 wrote:

Wow , I'm kinda shocked here. You actually typed something that didn't take a complete shit on an American rider or our series. Out of all your posts ( on both your accounts you have had here ) , it's always been some sort of an insult towards anything American.

As far as Thomas goes.....I'm super pumped for the kid! Not even going to mention other riders whom could have taken that spot , and possibly done better.....but you never know , right? Dude could shock some people kind of like the way Davalos has done these past few weeks. As long as he gives it his best , that all we can ask for.

The only reason he's being civil with Covington is because he races the MXGP's. If Thomas does great and helps Team USA win in any way he's going to talk smack and say the only reason they won is because we have a GP rider on our team. He's highly predictable.

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8/13/2017 1:41 PM

Yep wrote:

What a task awaits Covington, he's been watching the MXGP guys for years and now steps up to the challenge, Thomas has matured into a formidable GP rider and wishing the youngster the best in the MXoN. Guts

jeffro503 wrote:

Wow , I'm kinda shocked here. You actually typed something that didn't take a complete shit on an American rider or our series. Out of all your posts ( on both your accounts you have had here ) , it's always been some sort of an insult towards anything American.

As far as Thomas goes.....I'm super pumped for the kid! Not even going to mention other riders whom could have taken that spot , and possibly done better.....but you never know , right? Dude could shock some people kind of like the way Davalos has done these past few weeks. As long as he gives it his best , that all we can ask for.

agn5009 wrote:

The only reason he's being civil with Covington is because he races the MXGP's. If Thomas does great and helps Team USA win in any way he's going to talk smack and say the only reason they won is because we have a GP rider on our team. He's highly predictable.

I know. He's a cheap imitation of what Geoff was on here.

About 5 posters here , cause 99% of the bullshit ....and he's one of them.

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And there goes Jeffro. One of God's own prototypes. A super high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.

Pimpin' Ho's , Rollin' fatty's......drinkin' beers , beers , beers!! ~ Ja

8/13/2017 1:52 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/13/2017 2:06 PM

Yep wrote:

What a task awaits Covington, he's been watching the MXGP guys for years and now steps up to the challenge, Thomas has matured into a formidable GP rider and wishing the youngster the best in the MXoN. Guts

YamahaJT1 wrote:

Yep...

An we gunna get him "Stateside" prior to the event, plump him up on a few McD "Happy Meals" an "Relese the Crackin".

Dude... I feel badly about soiling this thread concerning TC, but you are really without reservation the most insecure "internet persona" ever. There is not enough dirt on planet earth to bury the proverbial hatchet. You need help.

Go be a jerk on another site. Please?



ML512 wrote:

'Tis his second persona too.

Oh yeah... I have not seen him offer anything remotely related to riding, bike feel, tech tips, gear, vintage parts, etc. None that I recall.

Nada. I already whacked him as "The Source".

I think the Mods created him and keep him "alive" as no MF'er from his alleged homeland has Balls like that. Sorta like Tyler... Conspiracy? Who the fuck knows. Clicks and hits mean $$$.

Anyhoo, Thomas Covington, go kick some ASS. Welcome HOME.

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8/13/2017 2:00 PM

Yep wrote:

What a task awaits Covington, he's been watching the MXGP guys for years and now steps up to the challenge, Thomas has matured into a formidable GP rider and wishing the youngster the best in the MXoN. Guts

YamahaJT1 wrote:

Yep...

An we gunna get him "Stateside" prior to the event, plump him up on a few McD "Happy Meals" an "Relese the Crackin".

Dude... I feel badly about soiling this thread concerning TC, but you are really without reservation the most insecure "internet persona" ever. There is not enough dirt on planet earth to bury the proverbial hatchet. You need help.

Go be a jerk on another site. Please?



ML512 wrote:

'Tis his second persona too.

Formerly known as The Sores

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8/13/2017 2:06 PM

I'll always root for my country, but I'm extra pumped for these kids because they really want to fucking go.

I hope they kick ass.

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8/13/2017 5:27 PM

YamahaJT1 wrote:

Yep...

An we gunna get him "Stateside" prior to the event, plump him up on a few McD "Happy Meals" an "Relese the Crackin".

Dude... I feel badly about soiling this thread concerning TC, but you are really without reservation the most insecure "internet persona" ever. There is not enough dirt on planet earth to bury the proverbial hatchet. You need help.

Go be a jerk on another site. Please?



ML512 wrote:

'Tis his second persona too.

DonM wrote:

Yep....

He is a "source" of useless information.

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8/13/2017 7:48 PM

I bet we use both his motos ....

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8/13/2017 8:08 PM

ML512 wrote:

'Tis his second persona too.

DonM wrote:

Yep....

ATKpilot99 wrote:

He is a "source" of useless information.

Better yet he's a useless "source" of information....

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8/13/2017 8:19 PM

Yep wrote:

What a task awaits Covington, he's been watching the MXGP guys for years and now steps up to the challenge, Thomas has matured into a formidable GP rider and wishing the youngster the best in the MXoN. Guts

jeffro503 wrote:

Wow , I'm kinda shocked here. You actually typed something that didn't take a complete shit on an American rider or our series. Out of all your posts ( on both your accounts you have had here ) , it's always been some sort of an insult towards anything American.

As far as Thomas goes.....I'm super pumped for the kid! Not even going to mention other riders whom could have taken that spot , and possibly done better.....but you never know , right? Dude could shock some people kind of like the way Davalos has done these past few weeks. As long as he gives it his best , that all we can ask for.

Motofinne wrote:

The fact that he actually emailed DeCoster makes this such an awesome story! He went to the GPs as an 18 year old kid and struggled quite a bit but he has been better and better!

I know that i would want a guy like that ride for my country instead of some others that hope they don't get picked.

I'm rooting for you guys this fall, 3 great guys that deserves success!

pumped for TC and the team, Go USA!!

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8/13/2017 9:01 PM

Photo

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8/13/2017 9:34 PM

dboivin wrote: Photo

Haha! That's fucking awesome!

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And there goes Jeffro. One of God's own prototypes. A super high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.

Pimpin' Ho's , Rollin' fatty's......drinkin' beers , beers , beers!! ~ Ja

8/13/2017 10:24 PM

Yep wrote:

What a task awaits Covington, he's been watching the MXGP guys for years and now steps up to the challenge, Thomas has matured into a formidable GP rider and wishing the youngster the best in the MXoN. Guts

YamahaJT1 wrote:

Yep...

An we gunna get him "Stateside" prior to the event, plump him up on a few McD "Happy Meals" an "Relese the Crackin".

Dude... I feel badly about soiling this thread concerning TC, but you are really without reservation the most insecure "internet persona" ever. There is not enough dirt on planet earth to bury the proverbial hatchet. You need help.

Go be a jerk on another site. Please?



ML512 wrote:

'Tis his second persona too.

I just wish he wasn't giving Ventura County a bad name with his troll tag.

That said, I'm glad Thomas has a spot on the team.

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8/13/2017 10:25 PM

DonM wrote:

Yep....

ATKpilot99 wrote:

He is a "source" of useless information.

DonM wrote:

Better yet he's a useless "source" of information....

Thank you for calling out this "Source" of useless douche'ness.

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