INTERVIEW: Maxime Renaux

Though racers from France are persistently among the many frontrunners in any given version of the MXGP Motocross World Championship, a member of the French Republic has not gained the MXGP World Championship since Romain Febvre snagged the FIM Gold Medal in 2015.

Maxime Renaux of the Monster Power Yamaha Manufacturing unit MXGP Crew is out to repair that.

The 2021 MX2 World Champion was promoted to the premier class for the 2022 race season by longtime employer Yamaha. A Grand Prix winner in 2022 (Renaux gained the MXGP of Spain on Might 29), the fifth yr racer persistently ran inside and across the high 5 all season lengthy, to the place he positioned a extremely respective fourth within the last 2022 MXGP World Championship level standings.

Along with his rookie MXGP season executed and dusted, the 22 year-old now has his sights set of the RedBud circuit and the U.S. the place he’ll race for crew France within the 2022 Motocross of Nations.

Over the weekend, and with the assistance of Yamaha Motor Europe Off-Street Racing Supervisor Alexandre Kowalski, RACER spoke with the racer who definitely left his mark on what was the 66th version of the FIM Motocross World Championship season.

Q: Once you take an extended have a look at your first season in MXGP, what do you see?

MR: If I have a look at the season, it’s blended feelings I might say as a result of for certain I’ve been in a very good place and preventing for the highest place and preventing for wins. For that it has been a extremely good season. I’m pleased.

For certain I’m slightly bit disillusioned concerning the harm I obtained in Germany once I broke my again (Be aware: Renaux suffered a crash in Germany which left him with a number of fractured vertebra). That was actually a tricky capsule to swallow as a result of I used to be nonetheless preventing for second place and the rostrum there. That was an actual bummer.

Nevertheless, in the long run I used to be capable of come again fairly rapidly, This was actually super-good in comparison with the harm and stuff as I used to be capable of get again to the bike and get again to racing. Ultimately, I’m now fourth within the championship. So wanting again on this yr there’s some disappointment about that as a result of I might actually be preventing for the championship straightaway this primary yr within the MXGP classification.

Q: Romain Febvre was the final French racer to win the MXGP World Championship and that was again in 2015. This being your rookie yr in MXGP, are you having fun with it? Do you want lining up racing on the premier stage?

MR: Yeah, certain I loved it loads. I feel it’s at all times a query for European riders and in addition for American rides after they step as much as the 450 class as a result of that class is de facto stacked.

We’ve the very best riders from the previous generations and the quickest 250cc riders and everybody joins the MXGP class, so we all know we all know we actually must struggle the very best of the very best of the very best. We by no means know the place we are able to match inside the category and the top it was a extremely nice step for me and I might present that I used to be probably the greatest. It was actually superb to see that and I used to be actually, actually pleased about it.

I used to be actually aggressive and I at all times have had larger objectives, I might see that I might struggle with the highest guys and now I wish to be the highest man. I wish to win championships – that will probably be my aim for this winter.

We have already got a pair issues to work on, particularly the begins. My begins are usually not on level each time. I feel we are able to get some good begins in 2023 and I wish to hold engaged on my approach. Velocity-wise, I’m not so apprehensive about issues.

Q: So far as this low season we at the moment are in, do you see your self competing in any of the worldwide supercross races or will you focus extra on testing and coaching through the winter months?

MR: Yeah, primarily testing and coaching after which I’ll do some worldwide races earlier than the season.

Supercross stuff for the second, I’m not on it a lot as a result of I actually wish to give attention to attempting to get my first title in MXGP. We’ve numerous work to do for that. I wish to keep watch over every part right here.

As soon as I get to that time and if I can attain the aim of being World Champion, then perhaps why not begin eager about a distinct horizon. For the second, although, I’ll focus particularly on MX after which we’ll see how it’s going.

Q: Are you happy along with your outcomes and consistency? And what do you suppose, are you able to win the world title earlier than all is alleged and executed this yr?

MR: Yeah, for certain I really feel that it was a constructive season other than the harm I suffered in Germany. On the bike and never injured, I used to be barely outdoors of the highest 5. It was at all times 5, 4, three or at a GP successful tempo. It was actually nice, however anytime I used to be out of the highest 5, it was mainly due to begins.

I used to be beginning within the again at instances. These begins are going to be actually vital through the season. I might want to discover extra consistency with the begins.

My aim subsequent yr is to beat all people and to be the man. I do know it’s a extremely, actually robust aim. I do know it’s going to be an enormous struggle, for certain, however I’m going to organize as a lot as potential and actually attempt to attain my full potential on the 450 as a result of I nonetheless suppose that I’ve one thing beneath to realize. I nonetheless really feel I don’t journey the 450 as I journey the 250. Typically I nonetheless really feel slightly bit unexperienced on the 450, however we’re going to work on that and I’ll attempt to really feel actually free on the 450 on each monitor.

Q: I used to be capable of interview each Eli Tomac and Chase Sexton and Jason Anderson main up and into the ultimate Lucas Oil Professional Motocross Nationwide of the yr and the fellows talked fairly a bit about how a lot it’s important to be completely all-in when driving and racing the 450 now. The motorbike takes completely every part from a racer, doesn’t it?

MR: I feel the 450 has actually advanced over the previous variety of years. The extra the years go by and the mire the bike is on level and robust and quick, so we’ve to at all times be on high of every part.

The 450 is a extremely excessive, excessive, excessive stage class. I don’t imagine that in case you are nice on the 250 that you can be nice on the 450. That is actually one thing primarily based on the rider and the kind of rider.

On the 250 bike you may be proficient and you’ll be technical and you’ll be robust after which you’ll be able to choose your house as a result of the bike shouldn’t be that heavy and never too highly effective, so you’ll be able to at all times compensate with approach. However then if you step on the 450, the approach that you just carry from the 250 will assist you to and can at all times be a plus.

I cannot say that I’m an enormous man, however I used to be perhaps too robust for the 250 and too heavy. The 450 matches me effectively, however I really feel at instances the bike throws you the place you don’t wish to be thrown. I additionally imagine that when some guys step as much as the 450 from the 250 they hit the wall as a result of perhaps they don’t have that energy in some conditions.

At instances the 450 can actually take you out of the consolation zone. You must struggle that bike to carry it again to the straight manner. To me that’s the principal distinction of the 450. It’s managing the ability and managing the response of the bike. At instances, there’s a a lot heavier response from the 450 bike in comparison with the 250.

Q: How did you view your competitors all through the 2022 MXGP season?

MR: I actually suppose the competitors this yr was fairly excessive. I actually targeted on myself and my teammates.

I feel this yr was the very best season for a few riders. I take into consideration Tim Gajser and Jeremy Seewer and I imagine that they had their greatest seasons ever. We noticed Tim Gajser being actually, actually robust and constant and with no crashes. He was so constant and so regular on the bike. He was actually quick and a tricky buyer this yr. And Jeremy Seewer, he struggled slightly bit at first of the season, however then he obtained actually constant and obtained good begins on a regular basis.

I feel these two riders did their greatest seasons. The extent of the category was actually excessive. For certain we had been lacking Jeffrey Herlings within the class, so we’ll see how he goes within the class subsequent yr. Principally, I imagine that the highest three riders in 2022 had been on a extremely, actually excessive stage. It was a extremely good season.

For the subsequent season, I imagine everybody can be ready for Jeffrey Herlings to return again as a result of he’s the reigning champ type 2021. Everybody goes to wish to see how good he’s going to get well from his harm. I’m actually wanting ahead to struggle Jeffrey Herlings. He has been talked about as probably the greatest riders on the planet.

I wish to struggle that man. I wish to make my identify and I wish to beat him and everybody else. It’s  going to be very fascinating to have Jeffrey again in 2023.

Q: Do you additionally hold an in depth eye on the racing right here within the USA?

MR: Yeah, certain, it’s super-interesting. I have a look at the American racing outcomes nearly each weekend when there’s a race and have a look at how Chase and Eli are doing. I’m actually impressed with the extent that they had this yr as a result of I imagine they had been each at their highest stage This yr we are able to see that these two actually reached a stage that nobody else might comply with.

It was actually fascinating to look at Eli and Chase battle all season lengthy and now all of us look to the Motocross of Nations. I’ve by no means been to the U.S. By no means in my life. I’ve by no means ridden an American monitor. They instructed me the RedBud floor may be very typical and really grippy and rutty. I’m really very a lot wanting ahead to it as a result of these sorts of tracks are all superb. I’m actually wanting ahead to having fun with that.

I’ll be there for the primary time and I’ll be there to struggle for my nation. I’m anticipating to try to attempt to do my greatest and that’s the one manner I can have an opportunity to beat all people!



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