Catching up with Henry Miller
March 24, 2017
by Dawn McClintock
Coming off a career best finish, we gave the likeable Rochester, MN native, Henry Miller a call this week to congratulate him on his successful ride at the Indy SX and talk a bit about his program and where things are headed for him.
Hey Henry, how’s it going? You guys all set up there in Detroit yet?
Yep, me, Cade and Nick Schnagl we came in last night and got a hotel. That was nice and now we are just sitting here waiting to watch some press.
So are the pits as crammed as they were in Toronto?
I don’t know, once everyone gets inside it’s definitely going to be crammed in here. The pit area isn’t as big. As of right now it doesn’t seem like everybody is going to be inside.
Well first we wanted to say congratulations on your successful weekend at Indy!
A career best finish for you. How were you feeling heading into race day?
Yeah, it was my best race so far of my pro career and I feel really good actually. I have some confidence now and I know I can be up in the top ten. I worked on a few little things this week during training and hopefully we can come off and get in the top ten this weekend. I’ve feeling good and I’m ready to go. So let’s see what we can do.
Your program really seems to be working for you this year. What are you doing differently?
I’m not really doing anything differently. Last year I was a little bit behind the cue ball. I ran outdoors had a little break after outdoors and then the end of October I got straight into supercross training. So I got a lot more experience with supercross so that’s definitely helping a lot. Every little thing is helping me out.
Give us a brief background on your team.
It’s a little privateer team out of Wisconsin. The owner loves the sport and he pays for everything and he’s got no backing from anyone really, money wise. He’s given me and Paul Coates everything he can. He gives us the best equipment that money can buy so we can do our job. We just can’t thank him enough. He drives to the races, works on the bikes during the week, he’s my mechanic. He basically pays for everything for me. The guy is amazing. I wouldn’t even be here without him. It’s a great little team.
We have seen your progression every week and the competition is pretty stiff. Where do you see yourself rounding out this east coast series?
The competition is really stiff on the east coast, I mean it was stiff on the west too. I’m looking to hopefully end the supercross season getting down to the top 15 in points. I mean missing the Minneapolis main and the Daytona race we are a little behind in the points so hoping we can make up a few points in the next four rounds and get a top 15 before we head into the outdoors.
Have you had a favourite track layout in this series? And least favourite?
I liked the Indy track. It was definitely my favourite. I felt really comfortable there. It felt like I flowed really good. I’m not just saying that because I did well. I loved the dirt there, I loved the track this year. It was awesome. It was definitely my most favourite track layout out there. I didn’t really like Daytona that much. It’s a one lined track is what they turn it into every year. It kinda sucks. There’s no passing. I mean everybody has to race it so you can’t complain there.
Is there any sort of race day ritual or mental preparation you have?
I have a few little secrets but I’m not going to share those if you don’t mind. [laughs]
Coming off the outdoor season last year, you were really feeling like you were capable of more. Things should shape up better heading into outdoors this year.
Most definitely. We had a few issues with the bikes last year. Every once and a while it took my confidence down a bit but we’ve got a few things figured out. The bikes are a little better now so. I’ve got a lot more confidence now for what I can do in outdoors. I know where I belong and I know I can hold the same pace and not fade at all in outdoors so pretty excited to get to the outdoor season this year. I mean all outdoor season last year I was ready to get to supercross so now I’m ready for the outdoors.
What is your goal for outdoors?
I’m going to have to say for outdoors, I’m going to try and have the same goals. I’m going to try and work my way into the top ten and be up there in the points. I mean it’s about getting recognized and get seen and hopefully we can get better support for the following year and improve.
You train down at Club MX. Who is in your regular training crew?
Yep, I train down at Club MX. It’s me, Cade Clason, Alex Ray, Justin Brayton, Nick Schnagl and then just a few guys that pop in and out like Cooper Webb, Jimmy Decotis, Colt Nichols, they live a couple hours from us so if it’s a rainy day, we have a sandier supercross track, they’ll come and ride with us.
So that must help having some fast guys to train along side you to help push things.
It does help a lot actually and the best thing that they’ve all had their experience so they can give me little pointers on what I need to fix and what I need to improve on to be better so it helps a lot. They’re not veterans but they’ve got a lot of experience in the sport.
Well all the best for you this weekend in Detroit Henry and thanks for taking time to chat with us.
Thank you Dawn. I appreciate it.