Aaron Nottle Joins DK
A lot of you would know by now but Aaron Nottle has offically made the switch to the DK Australia Factory Team. Aaron has been on the bike for a few weeks now and looks good all kitted out in green. We spoke to Aaron and Team Manager Corey Stafford about Aaron’s signing.
Kicking things off with Aaron, this is what he had to say:
Aaron, tell us a little about joining team DK…
Joining team DK Australia is definitely a highlight of my career so far. I am super excited to have this opportunity to represent DK and also all of their Co-Sponsors (LooseKid Industries, Goodlife Health Clubs, Bioflex Supplements, Skullcandy, Spy Optics). To be a part of the team is such an achievement with all the big names they already have on the team.
What parts/components will you be running?
I am running the DK Professional Frame (Australian Edition) packed full of DK parts including The DK Race Forks, Grey Bars, Flash Cranks and rolling on the DK Megawatt Hub To Evolution Rims. Mainly all black bike, it looks rad!
What’s the bike like and how long have you been on it?
I have had the bike for about 3 weeks now, it would have to be one of the only bikes I have jumped on and automatically felt comfortable on. First ride on it at Westside jumping the Pro first attempt, manualling super easy and the bike being super twitchy and stiff out of the gate. Its such a nice bike to ride.
What are your plans and goals for the 2013 season?
2013 I’m going to make a big one. I’m going to try and qualify to hopefully get to Worlds in New Zealand, so a lot of travelling to the Probikx meets and overseas to try and get some more UCI Points.
To final at all of the Probikx meets in my first year of being Junior Elite.
Podiuming at Nationals is also another one of my goals for 2013.
The main goal for 2013 is to stay injury free and stay healthy so I can train and have the best opportunity to go well at any race meet I attend regardless of it being in Western Australia, Australia or internationally.
Anything else to say, people to thank etc?
I would like to thank my family for supporting me and helping me achieve what I have so far in my 12 year racing career which isn’t ending anytime soon, Jade Mcpherson my coach who will help me out at any time i need him, all the guys that push me and I ride with. Corey from DK Bicycles Australia for giving me this opportunity to ride for the team, all the Co-Sponsors of the team. And finally Blake from RACEBMXWA.NET for doing this interview with me.
Moving on to DK Team Manager Corey, here’s what he had to say when asked about signing Aaron:
Corey you’ve just picked up our own Aaron Nottle, tell us how that came about?
All I can say is the Aaron has wanted to ride for DK for a while.
What is it that you look for in a team rider?
As a team we look for riders that we can really market; riders that have great personality and are always in the public eye as a great ambassador for the brand DK. It is just a bonus if the rider also is one of the best in their class. So it is not always about how good a rider is.
As a manager I always ask all our riders before signing a new rider as we want all our riders to get on and almost be like a family. Yes it is my decision at the end of the day but our riders have a big part in this also.
Will Aaron also be hooked up by all the team’s co-sponsors?
Correct. As Aaron is part of the Factory team he will also be hooked up by Loosekid Industries, Bioflex Supplements, Skullcandy, Spy Goggles and Goodlife Gyms. It is so great having such high profile co-sponsors on board and we can’t thank them enough.
What do you see in Aaron that had you give him the ride?
To be honest I have been keeping an eye on Aaron for a while. I noticed he has a pretty big following not only in WA but also the rest of the country. He is very professional when at races and takes it pretty seriously. We have been looking for a WA athlete for a while and someone that was stepping into Junior Elite if possible. Aaron ticked all the boxes so we had to make the deal happen.
While we’re talking to you, tell us about the development of team DK, and your role, team goals etc. It’s all very professional looking?
I am trying to develop the team to be the most professional team in Australia, to have kids look up to our Athletes and say to their parents that one day I want to ride for that team. Not only because they are fast but they are also having fun and at the end of the day racing should be fun. We give away posters and have signing sessions at every event we attend and our riders really enjoy doing that.For our younger riders it really makes them feel pretty special and I hope this helps them outside of BMX.
I guess my role is Team Manager. I don’t really see it like that unless I need to put my foot down which to be honest never really happens, so I guess it is more about making sure our athletes are in the right space of mind at events, such as having all the tents/warm-up bikes/water set up when they get to a race. Just the general run around guy in between my racing really.
As for team goals we really don’t set any, I really just want our riders to enjoy themselves and at the same time ride to the potential we all know they have.
How did the team go this year?
We had same pretty big results this year. Stand out performances would have to be Anthony Dean placing 4th in Elite at the Worlds this year – that was massive for him and can’t wait to see him grow off the back of it. Matt White also placing 4th at the Worlds and also winning Champbikx and becoming Australian Champion in 14 boys. Luke Madill winning Probikx in the last race of the year is another one. Also having all our Elite Men Athletes (Anthony Dean, Luke Madill and Matt Dunsworth) in the final of the 2012 Australian Titles; 3 out of 8 is not too bad. Watching Blake Moore get quicker and quicker, the motivation he has is insane and has a bright future ahead of him. Young Mitch Hoad battling it out at Nationals after having so many injuries, Daniel Willis in the main at Nationals before crashing out.
What are the plans for 2013? We will be at all the Pro/Champbikxs rounds once again, also with the 2013 Nationals being in Brisbane we will be in force. We are also sponsoring the Queensland State Titles this year in Cairns with Loosekid Industries so should be a big event and glad to be part of it.
As for our 2013 bike range we have stepped it up and will be offering a high end race bike from Expert and Expert XL with Answer carbon forks and also Pro thru to Cruiser, this range has such a great spec and the price is incredible so can’t wait for these to land in October. (Watch for the advert in the next BMXPRESS magazine). We also have a 20mm Frame that Marc Willers will be riding at the Olympics (Marc just won both rounds in the States over the weekend on board this frame) and it will be the same frame that Anthony Dean also rode at the Worlds and has been testing for a while.
Also just want to thank you Blake for running this RACEBMXWA website, it is good to see a rider putting back into the sport and it is always a good read.