Affliction got the chance to talk with Matt and Angie Smith before a big race.
Angie: You have to do your job. You have to have a good reaction time, and you usually replay the whole run in your mind before you even to a burn out heading up to the line. When you’re up there at the line, you have to be focused on cutting a good light and going straight and doing the very best you can on that run.
Angie: Nothing! [laughs] The first round I don’t eat anything! Your nerves and adrenaline just take over and you don’t want to eat. Once you win or lose it hits you and you’re ready to eat.
Angie: Wherever we are going to eat dinner! I usually like to get a big steak after a race.
Matt: Me too. I like getting steak after racing, but I will also nibble on a Reese’s Cup or Kit Kat before the race.
Matt: Normally, before the race, we are servicing all the bikes and getting them ready for the next day. It’s a lot of maintenance, checking, and making sure nothing is going to blow up.
Angie: Yeah, it kind of is. I’ve had to learn all the mechanics and logistics over the last five years. I’m very grateful for being able to do that because I can give him [Matt] as a crew chief more feed back than the computers are showing us.
Angie: [Laughs] It can get heated. It has been pretty good this year [laughs].
Matt: Yeah, it can be- like Angie said, there have been seasons where we’ve been at each others throats, but other than that we’ve had a good year.