EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Hanging out with Brett Cue

» Tuesday, 26 July 2016 08:12

We're hanging out with one of our favourite whippers and all round good guy, Brett Cue. If you've been following Cue's career, you know about his mission to get to X Games and all the cool stuff he's been able to do over the past few years since getting noticed through his early videos. We wanted to dig a bit deeper and chat to the man himself about his moto life.

 Image by Dayton Daft

Image by Dayton Daft

 

We first came across Brett Cue through your early videos. Good riding and appreciation was what stood out. What can you tell us about your journey over the last few years from those early videos to where you are now, have you got where you wanted to be, did you ever think you'd be where you are, how did it all come to be?

 

Dayton Daft and I started making videos to try to get into X (games) because we had no idea how else to do it. We had no intention of it turning into (being) a career for either of us at the beginning. After the first year that we didn't get in, Jarrod at MotoSport.com called and wanted to hire Dayton. After that, Dayton talked them into hiring me and off we went! Since then, many doors have opened and opportunities have presented themselves to bring us to where we are today. To answer the questions; No, I never thought I would be in this position when we started. My main goal was X (games), but so many other things came about because of that goal that it's insane!

 

 Image by Sebastian Clemmons

Image by Sebastian Clemmons

 

It was evident from early on that your mission was to get into X Games. Where did this drive for X Games come from and what kept you pushing for it?

Honestly, I've just always loved to whip my dirtbike. Since I watched the very first X Games Best Whip, the dream was there. From the start, it seemed so far fetched. At that time, it was guys like Potter, Twitch, RC, Josh Grant and James Stewart; (it) seemed completely unattainable, but just a dream. As I started working towards whipping it bigger and bigger, people started telling me I should try to make it happen, so I went with it!

 

I know its probably not your favourite thing to chat about but what can you tell us about your crash this year. Did the wind have anything to do with it, perhaps the setup, or was it just pure excitement or a lapse in judgement?

My crash at X (games) was a combination of a few things. The whip definitely wasn't too big to bring back. For one, the wind definitely didn't play in my favor. I caught a good gust that kind of held me out there sideways, which was why I ended up with my half hearted bailing attempt. I also had been having a problem with my shock the week before, but had no time to have it fixed before the event. Since I have only one bike, I run a stiffer motocross setup, which probably isn't ideal to start with, but it's what I'm used to. The shock had some issues, though, and that didn't help. No matter what, those are all things I knew going in, so it's nobodies fault but my own. No excuses!

 

 Image by Sebastian Clemmons

Image by Sebastian Clemmons

 

Since watching X Games over the years, pushing to be involved, coming to the event as an alternate and finally being in the event, what are your thoughts on the current state of X Games? Do you feel the event has lost momentum in anyway or maybe changed direction for the better?

I really don't think so. There's a reason that the best action sports athletes in the world are all there. It may not be the same atmosphere as it was 15 years ago, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's also hard for me to answer that being that I've only been over the past couple years. I think it's definitely an awesome event and I'm really hoping I get the opportunity to give it another shot next year!

 

Whilst handing out opinions, whats your thoughts on the whole FMX thing right now? Plenty people murmuring "FMX is dead" or "its not what is used to be." Whats your 2 cents?

I definitely don't think it's dead. I have thought that a few times over the years and it has definitely had its highs and lows, but with guys like Sheeny, Pages, Jacko and the crew, they're pushing things to amazing new levels every time I turn around. Especially with Travis and events like Nitro Live and the Nitro World Games, things are looking up! Honestly, those guys go so big that it makes me not even want to flip or anything. If you do a single flip without a rock solid or cliffhanger, you get laughed at!

 

 Image by Sebastian Clemmons

Image by Sebastian Clemmons

 

So what does "The Dream" look like for Brett Cue? Everyone has they own version of where they'd like to see themselves and how they'd like to be involved or remembered. Whats that look like for you?

Honestly, I want to be remembered just as much off the bike as on it. Of course, I want people to remember the things I do on a bike, but those things only go so far. I do my best to go out of the way to talk to kids, encourage other riders and just be a fan of the sport in general. I remember looking up to Travis so much growing up for just that. He has always been such a genuinely good guy, and that's one of the things people love most about him. I'm far from perfect, but I want to be someone that a parent is proud that their kid looks up to; That means more to me than any event I could win.

 

What drives you to keep pushing for that dream and who else in the moto world do you feel is pushing things and really hustling to make those dreams reality?

Hearing positive feedback is something so simple that really keeps me pushing for more. I am someone that gets down on myself when 1 out of 100 people are bummed out about something I've done. I am really bad about feeling like I need to please everyone. As things grow, I realize it's very very difficult to do, but I never want to look back thinking I could have tried harder.

I feel like in some way or another, everyone involved in the industry, rider or not, is pushing to make their dreams a reality. We are all in this because we love it. If it were for the money, we would be doing something else.

 

 Image by Sebastian Clemmons

Image by Sebastian Clemmons

 

As far as mentors go, who are the people or person from previous generations that has really had an impact on you and what have you learnt from the old guard?

First and foremost, my dad. He taught me to ride, to race and to whip. He has been my number 1 supporter through everything. My dad is also long time friends with Guy Cooper. He's someone I was lucky enough to watch as I grew up and coincidently, another one who could whip it huge! As I said earlier, I always looked up to Travis both on and off the bike. Guy was the same way, too. He was always the person who stayed in the pits until the last autograph was signed, and that always stuck in my head. Kenny Bartram is another guy who I have been friends with forever and watched from the days when he was a local intermediate rider all the way to an X Games gold medalist.  Kevin Windham was another rider whose style was one I always tried emulating. I didn't really know him off the bike until a few years ago, but he was still definitely one I looked up to growing up.

 

Lastly, whats Brett all about when not on the bike?

Man, that's a tough one! My life is a pretty simple, (I'm an) open book! If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat, you probably already know that I ride dirtbikes often, fish, eat plenty of Oreos and spend a lot of time with my family. We have really been working hard to get our new online parts and accessories store RIDE365.com launched, as well. I'm looking forward to growing the business while spreading my love of riding to the world!

 

If you haven't seen is already, this is the video Brett and his crew put together following his 2016 X Games experience.

 

 

Opening image by Sebastian Clemmons