INTERVIEW: Jago Geerts
Rene Baeten of Herlentals, Belgium gained the second-ever Federation Internationale de Motocyclsime 500cc Motocross World Championship in 1957, beginning an extended story of Belgian two-wheeled success that had a brand new chapter added at England’s Matterley Basin at the beginning of March when 19 year-old Jago Geerts gained the MXGP of Nice Britain. And he didn’t cease there. Per week later over in Holland, he raced to 3rd on the MXGP of The Netherlands. However like the remainder of us, Geerts is now at residence, in lockdown, and questioning what to do with himself.
Q: What are you as much as throughout your lockdown in Belgium?
JAGO GEERTS: I’m additionally fairly bored in the mean time. I can’t do a lot bodily coaching as a result of I’ve two weeks of relaxation on my schedule. I rode my bike two occasions the week after Valkenswaard, however then issues turned worse with the COVID-19 virus so we determined with the staff that it was greatest to cease driving for some time. I’ve been performing some biking and working to maintain myself busy. I don’t prefer to cease utterly with coaching when I’ve relaxation, so I maintain coaching just a little bit. It’s extra about having enjoyable than actually coaching.
Q: You got here out swinging in 2020, successful the season opening MXGP of Nice Britain at Matterley Basin. You backed that up with a gap moto win on the MXGP of The Netherlands in Holland. You guys actually got here in ready, huh?
JG: Sure, I used to be feeling superb on the bike at the beginning of the season. We made an enormous step with the bike through the winter break. I additionally made a small step, each bodily and riding-wise. So the entire package deal is best than final season. Sure, Matterley Basin was a bizarre race for everybody, I feel. We had just one apply session on Saturday due to the dangerous climate, so it was troublesome to adapt to the observe. However I felt good on Sunday. The primary race, I didn’t have the most effective begin, however I handed quite a lot of riders within the first laps and after 15 minutes I used to be in second place. The chief crashed, and immediately I used to be within the lead and I gained the primary moto of the yr. The second warmth, I obtained the holeshot and the second lap I used to be battling for the lead and crashed fairly laborious. I rejoined the race in 10th place I feel, and got here again to fourth, which was sufficient for the general win.
I used to be pleased with a win within the first spherical, I didn’t count on that. Valkenswaard is just 30 minutes from residence, so quite a lot of followers and mates got here to assist me. I gained the primary warmth after a late go for the lead with 4 laps to go. The second warmth my begin was superb, however I crashed laborious within the second nook. I restarted in final place and the chief virtually lapped me. I rode constant lap occasions and felt good on the observe. I completed in seventh place and I used to be glad about that, as a result of I used to be up to now behind on the primary lap and this outcome was sufficient for my second podium of the yr. The beginning of the season was good, and I hope to do the identical when the season restarts once more.
Q: Though you guys solely obtained two rounds in, how did you measurement up your competitors?
JG: That’s a troublesome query for me. I simply need to give attention to myself, so I don’t look an excessive amount of at my rivals. I journey the most effective after I give attention to myself and I don’t understand how my rivals cope with that. Based on the up to date calendar the season will begin once more on June 7 in Russia. No person is aware of how the state of affairs will evolve with the COVID-19 virus. So we might want to wait and see. I hope we will begin once more in Russia, as a result of in any other case the season can be so lengthy that will probably be troublesome to remain in fine condition the entire time.
Q: You’re the primary Belgian racer to attain a world championship win since 2012. Lots of people love motocross in that nation. Have you ever sensed Belgian followers and media getting behind you?
JG: Sure, after all. Belgium has had so many good riders and world champions prior to now. However in the mean time there will not be so many good riders anymore. The federal government closed quite a lot of tracks. We solely have round six tracks in entire Belgium. I hope that I can obtain good outcomes the subsequent years in order that motocross will get extra standard once more over right here. There are some good abilities developing the subsequent years. For instance, Liam Everts is driving very nicely. Additionally, now I’m beginning to get some media consideration from the Belgian media. My supervisor, Stefan Geukens, is doing a great job with that. He is aware of quite a lot of journalists and media firms, so it’s getting in the best course. It is very important get motocross within the information as a lot as doable to get it extra standard once more.
Q: You’re nonetheless very early in your profession, however would you ever think about racing supercross and motocross within the USA?
JG: I just like the motocross and supercross within the USA, however it’s a gamble to go from the MXGP to the AMA. The supercross is so completely different to regular motocross tracks so it’s troublesome to adapt for us. It takes a few years of coaching as a result of the People grew up with these type of tracks. So I might relatively keep right here in MXGP and attempt to be as profitable as doable.