The #457 ride of Darian Sanayei has been setting the motocross community ablaze for quite some time now, earning himself the title "national champion" on many occasions throughout his tenure as an amateur. No stranger to the podium, Darian stuck himself on the top of the box once again at round one of the Amsoil Arenacross Series in the AX Lites class in Cincinnati, Ohio. We caught up with the Monster Energy Team Green recruit after securing his first of three necessary points to graduate through the Ricky Carmichael: Road to Supercross. After facing splashes of doubt and adversity head on throughout his career, Darian has proven time and time again that he refuses to be counted out. With his strong will and stronger support system, 2015 looks to be very promising for the Washington native.
MP: You'll be lining up again this weekend at Grand Rapids and after such a strong performance, your expectations have to be extremely high. What knowledge did you gather at round one and how are you going to put it on paper and make it all add up at round 2?
Darian Sanayei: Doing these Arenacross events are helping me to prepare a lot before Supercross. With the intensity, the tight tracks, and the big whoops the tracks test you. My expectations are the same...to get back out there, get good starts, and finish the best that I can.
MP: With that said, which rounds of the Arenacross series will you be lining up at to collect the points needed to make it through the Road To Supercross program?
Darian Sanayei: I did round one [Cincinnati,Ohio] last weekend and I will be racing in Grand Rapids, Michigan this weekend. I'm hoping my third and final round will be in Nashville, Tennessee on the 31st.
MP: Last year you were unable to complete the Road to Supercross process due to an injury. Elaborate on that situation and how did having the brief Arenacross experience from last year help you reach the top of the podium at the opener?
Darian Sanayei: Yeah, it was tough. Last year kind of opened my eyes to just how tough it actually is in the Arenacross series. So this year I was able to come in healthy, more prepared, and ready for it all.
MP: Monster Energy has long been a strong supporter of your program. After racing for Monster Energy Team Green Kawasaki for some time, you were briefly let go. Which you followed up with dominating performances in the Spring Nationals, ultimately re-securing your spot on the squad. Tell me about that situation a little bit and where you stand with the team now that you've locked down your first major Arenacross win?
Darian Sanayei: Yes, throughout my career so far I have had some ups and downs. Luckily lately, there has been more positives than negatives and some great finishes so that's good haha. I am fully supported by and backed by Monster Energy Team Green Kawasaki for the rest of this amateur year.
MP: You've got quite a list of sponsors supporting you, many which have been behind you for some time now. Who all would you like to thank for being part of your successful program?
Darian Sanayei: I'd like to thank God, Mom, Dad, and my whole family. Also Monster Energy, Team Green Kawasaki, Answer, Pro Circuit, Scott, Dunlop, Panic Rev, Asterisks, Maxima, Hinson, Shoei, Alpinestar, Works Connection, AP Designs, UNI, Renthal, Team Sully, Motion Pro, and Matrix Concepts.
MP: Thanks again Mr Sanayei...keep it on two wheels and good luck at round two this weekend!
Darian Sanayei: Thanks dude!!