On The Pegs May 2018 - Volume 3 - Issue 5 - Page 34

On The Pegs You are the most successful rider at the Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble with five victories, are you looking forward to racing there as part of the WESS for the first time? “I have a lot of history with the Erzber- grodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble, it’s helped build my career to where it is today. I love racing it, it’s so much more than just a race - it’s become a real dirt bike festival. Everyone is there because they all love the same thing, which is doing crazy things on enduro bikes. The level of competition has grown so much and there are a lot of guys easily capable of winning but I also feel that I’m still one of them. I’m excited to race there in June as part of WESS.” Where do you feel your strengths will lie in the series? “I’m a pretty good all-round guy — I can adapt. I’ve been around for a long time now, so I know all the disciplines we’ll race. I know how to prepare for each one and prepare my bike too. I can swap from a two-stroke bike to a four-stroke bike easily enough de- pending on where we are racing, so I also think that adaptability will help me a lot.” With such a variety of disciplines in one series will you train specifically for each event or try to ride on in- stinct at some races? P 34 “Overall, it will be a combination of do- ing both! Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble and Trèfle Lozérien AMV are the hardest rounds simply because they are back-to-back weekends whereas others have some time be- tween them to prepare more specifi- cally. Starting the series strongly is crit- ical so we will focus hard to be ready for rounds one and two while trying to work on the speed elements necessary for round three at Trèfle Lozérien AMV. After that we can dedicate more time specifically to each event because we have a decent window of testing be- tween each round.” Mass participation events are an important aspect of WESS, what will it be like to race with up to 3,000 rid- ers at some rounds? “Enduro is founded on amateur rider participation. It’s unique for our sport that we all race at the same time on the same track, you don’t see that in many other motorsports. It removes the elitist element from sport — on the start line everyone is equal. In the paddock we all mix together too, so the amateur riders can see how some of the factory teams operate. I’m look- ing forward to sitting on the start line at Gotland Grand National or Red Bull Knock Out surrounded by thousands of riders. That’s special.”