Baker and Plessinger from the outside may seem strange. Baker is known for his regulated training schedule which has even led to speculation that his schedule is “burning” his riders. Webb even left the program last season of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship and moved up to 83 Compound instead. As for Plessinger, he is one of the most outgoing personalities in sport. He’s no doubt working hard, but he also enjoys chilling out wearing rocking patriotic clothes, playing country music wherever he goes, and doing it with a big smile on his face.
So, can Aldon’s program be confused with an enigmatic personality like Aaron Plessinger?
“Yeah, I think it’s gonna be really serious,” Plessinger said. “But I think with myself, Mookie [Malcolm Stewart], and RJ [Hampshire], I think we’ll have fun. We’re going to change the mood there a bit, as long as it meets Aldon’s guidelines, of course. I think you can’t have fun when you have two of the funniest guys in motocross training and practicing every day. I think it’s going to be a good change and definitely tough at first, but a lot of people have done it already and a lot of people have been successful. As long as I keep my head down and charge, I’ll be fine.
Another thing to consider beyond the new program and the new trainer is also a new bike; and quite different at that. Most modern 450Fs are so good that consumer level might not notice a huge change, but Plessinger goes from an aluminum frame, a Yamaha rear engine to a steel frame and a nimble KTM. Yamaha’s struggles in the 450 class with its current generation of motorcycles have been well documented, but with Star Racing in 2021 they found a turning point. Plessinger enjoyed a year of career in the 450 class with multiple podium finishes, and Dylan Ferrandis won the 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on that same bike.