Last summer, I had the pleasure of meeting and spending quite a bit of time watching and hanging around Anderson at Motopark as he was preparing to turn pro. At the time, he was riding a Yamaha YZ 450 and was quite a bit of fun to photograph, with his amazing whips. This year, he’s switched to Honda and was picked up by Sky Racing for his first pro year. Unfortunately, an injury will sideline him until Round 3. By all accounts, Anderson has taken to the Honda incredibly well and it’s expected he’ll be a force to be reckoned with once he takes to the track.
During a recent discussion with Steven, we chatted about him being picked up by Al Dyk and Sky Racing. “Yeah, I met Al at a round last year and he helped me out with a suspension leak and it went from there,” said Steven. “He is a legend in Canadian Motocross and I am really excited to be working with him.” Asked about his new ride, Anderson continued, “I’ve wanted to ride Honda since I was a kid and the new 450 is amazing. It handles incredible due to the lower center of gravity. The power is unbelievable and feels more like a 250F, so it’s nimbler.”
Looking ahead to his inaugural season as a pro – against the likes of Facciotti, Matt Goerke, Mike Alessi and Cole Thompson – and his goals, Steven replied, “I would like to try and get top-tens during my first year pro. I love riding with these guys! For sure it’s Colton Facciotti I enjoy racing with the most. He is such a cool rider and he is very good at damage control during a moto.”
During the winter, Anderson took part in some arena-cross events, but wasn’t wild about the experience. “I like the technical aspects of it but I’m not a huge fan of it due to the tight track and the more chances to get into trouble.”
Near the end of the chat, the topic of those who made his advancement in the sport possible came up. “For sure none of this would be possible without my parents,” said Steven. “They have backed me 1000 percent since I started riding and I could never be at the level I’m at without their support.” As mentioned, expect to see Anderson in action with Sky Racing by Rounds 3 and 4. He’s definitely hungry to get back on the bike and in the hunt for wins.
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By Curtis Connor