The 2018 450SX winner opts out of Aldon Baker-run training facility.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson has announced his split with Baker’s Factory, led by renowned trainer Aldon Baker.
The 2018 Monster Energy Supercross champion confirmed via social media that he will no longer be part of the Florida-based facility that is exclusive to the KTM Group.
Anderson won the 250SX West title in 2014 and then stepped up to the premier class the following year, which coincided with him joining Baker’s championship-proven program.
“Just wanted to let you guys all know that I am no longer working with Aldon before you read it on Vital forum or somewhere else,” Anderson revealed. “I want to thank him for all the years together, from being a squirrelly rookie in the 450 class, to helping me refine my skills and achieve race wins at the top of the sport!
“This has nothing to do with his program or anything. I believe he has a program that’s amazing and wins championships – that’s just FACTS. For me, I know I’m going to be scrutinized for this decision, which is okay. I made this decision cos I need a change of pace.
“Needed different tracks, different gym, different cycle routes. I felt in the recent year, when it came to my program and daily routine, that I was just going through the motions some days with no passion or intensity, like I was just waking up and going to work.
“I don’t want that. I want to have pride in what I do! I want to be trying my butt off everyday to improve, getting sketchy at the track, trying to find that extra little tenth of a second. I still want to win races and put my heart into it and I’m more motivated than ever.
Is this the wrong decision? Who knows. I’m sure you guys will have your opinions, which is okay, but I’m more excited than ever to be racing. So, thanks to Aldon for putting up with my shit since 2014… Cheers mate!”
After missing much of his title defence through injury last year, Anderson is currently fifth in the 450SX standings following 10 rounds. He has a trio of third-place finishes to his credit in St. Louis, Glendale and Arlington.