INTERVIEW: Jago Geerts
Rene Baeten of Herlentals, Belgium received the second-ever Federation Internationale de Motocyclsime 500cc Motocross World Championship in 1957, beginning a protracted story of Belgian two-wheeled success that had a brand new chapter added at England’s Matterley Basin initially of March when 19 year-old Jago Geerts received 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 dwelling, 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 meanwhile. 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 workforce that it was finest to cease driving for some time. I’ve been doing a little biking and operating to maintain myself busy. I don’t wish to cease utterly with coaching when I’ve relaxation, so I maintain coaching a bit bit. It’s extra about having enjoyable than actually coaching.
Q: You got here out swinging in 2020, profitable 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 initially of the season. We made an enormous step with the bike in the course of the winter break. I additionally made a small step, each bodily and riding-wise. So the entire bundle is best than final season. Sure, Matterley Basin was a bizarre race for everybody, I feel. We had just one observe session on Saturday due to the unhealthy climate, so it was tough to adapt to the monitor. However I felt good on Sunday. The primary race, I didn’t have the perfect begin, however I handed plenty of riders within the first laps and after 15 minutes I used to be in second place. The chief crashed, and all of the sudden I used to be within the lead and I received 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 exhausting. 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 proud of a win within the first spherical, I didn’t anticipate that. Valkenswaard is simply 30 minutes from dwelling, so plenty of followers and buddies got here to help me. I received the primary warmth after a late cross for the lead with 4 laps to go. The second warmth my begin was superb, however I crashed exhausting within the second nook. I restarted in final place and the chief nearly lapped me. I rode constant lap occasions and felt good on the monitor. I completed in seventh place and I used to be completely satisfied 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 dimension up your competitors?
JG: That’s a tough query for me. I simply need to concentrate on myself, so I don’t look an excessive amount of at my rivals. I experience the perfect after I concentrate on myself and I don’t know the way my rivals cope with that. In keeping with the up to date calendar the season will begin once more on June 7 in Russia. No one 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 are able to begin once more in Russia, as a result of in any other case the season might be so lengthy that it will likely be tough to remain in good 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, in fact. Belgium has had so many good riders and world champions up to now. However in the meanwhile there aren’t so many good riders anymore. The federal government closed plenty 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 well-liked once more over right here. There are some good skills arising 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 superb job with that. He is aware of plenty of journalists and media corporations, so it’s getting in the proper path. You will need to get motocross within the information as a lot as attainable to get it extra well-liked once more.
Q: You’re nonetheless very early in your profession, however would you ever contemplate 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 tough to adapt for us. It takes a few years of coaching as a result of the People grew up with these kind of tracks. So I’d quite keep right here in MXGP and attempt to be as profitable as attainable.