INTERVIEW: Jago Geerts
Jago Geerts has two goals he’d prefer to try to deal with on the eve of the sixty fifth annual FIM Motocross World Championship season.
Runner-up within the 2020 MX2 World Championship, the Monster Vitality Yamaha Manufacturing facility MX2 Crew rider will attempt to grow to be the primary Belgian champion since Steve Ramon received the MX1 title in 2007.
Second on the 21 year-old’s listing can be to try to knock KTM off of its MX2 throne. Going again to Tyla Rattray in 2008, KTM has solely allowed for one different MX2 title winner, and that was Tim Gajser in 2015. It’s been all Orange Brigade since. So now it’s off the hardpack Orlyonok circuit for Jago Geerts.
Located close to the shores of the Black Sea, the Russian circuit has been sort to Geerts, and it’s can be right here that he begins his hunt for the title he so badly desires. Though feeling the slight results of a twisted knee he suffered final week on the Ernee, France warmup race, Geerts is assured, motivated and able to roll.
Q: Before everything, how is your left knee?
JAGO GEERTZ: It’s OK, however for certain it could possibly be higher. I crashed over the last preseason race in France and I damage my knee. It was a extremely small crash, however I feel the bike fell on my knee and I had a variety of ache, so we went to the hospital and so they noticed that I had stretched my ligament. It’s not one of the best when you’ve got an harm earlier than the GPs, however we did all the pieces that we might to recuperate as quick as doable, and we are going to see how knee is that this weekend.
Q: Main into the MXGP of Russia on Sunday, I do know each you and the whole Monster Vitality Yamaha Manufacturing facility MX2 Crew had an amazing preseason.
JG: Sure, the winter preparation was actually good this 12 months. We labored loads on the bike and in addition labored on the setup of the bike. I feel we’re, for certain, prepared for this starting section of the GPs. Now and with this harm it’s a little little bit of a setback, however for certain we’re prepared and I’ve confidence in myself and in my bodily situation and I’m actual assured within the bike, so all of this is essential and we’re very ready.
Q: You positioned third within the 2019 MX2 season and had been the runner-up within the MX2 title combat in 2020. Are you able to exit and win the World Championship this 12 months?
JG: Yep, that’s the objective. Final 12 months that was additionally the objective, however it didn’t occur. I used to be shut however I completed second. Now now we have a brand new championship this 12 months and it will be a really lengthy season, so I’ll attempt to create a extremely good base firstly of this season. I’m excited to start out, and I’ll preserve working my hardest, and hopefully in the long run all of it pays off.
Q: As you mentioned, 19 grands prix over seven months is a really lengthy racing season. Loads of time to discover a rhythm, although?
JG: Yeah, this weekend is the primary GP after which now we have one week off, and after that we are going to then have six GPs in a row, so it will likely be a extremely lengthy and heavy season, and a little bit bit like final 12 months. Final 12 months was a extremely particular season with the three GPs in a single week. For certain all of that is extra intense than it was earlier than the coronavirus. It’ll be good to return to a few of these totally different international locations and totally different GPs once more. Additionally, I feel a lot of the GPs can be permitting followers again in once more, and that’s a extremely optimistic factor. Final 12 months on the locations the place we did three GPs in a single week was good, however the extra conventional calendar like we could have in 2021 is what I like and like. This 12 months we can get again to the, let’s say, previous calendar and that’s good.
Q: Belgium has not produced a world champion since Steve Ramon received the MX1 title in 2007. It’s been a very long time coming in your house nation, hasn’t it?
JG: Yeah, it might be actually good to have a world champion in Belgium once more as a result of motocross will not be so common anymore and a variety of tracks are closing. A pair months in the past my house motocross observe additionally wanted to shut due to the sound, so motocross will not be doing so nice in the intervening time right here in Belgium. Possibly we will have a pair actually good GP riders once more and still have a world champion and issues can change a little bit bit. Possibly the game can grow to be extra common and extra individuals need to observe motocross once more, and we will find yourself having some extra new tracks.
Q: How are you wanting on the competitors for 2021? Who’re you going to must combat with to try to win this factor?
JG: I feel the competitors is admittedly robust this 12 months. Final 12 months it was actually between me and [Tom] Vialle, however now it will likely be extraordinarily aggressive. Throughout the first half of this season there can be extra riders preventing for the lead and for the championship. My two teammates, Thibault Benistan and Maxime Renaux, are very quick and really aggressive. From there I feel there can be 5 to 6 to seven guys who can win a GP or be actually quick. I feel it will likely be a extremely aggressive and fascinating season. We’ll know much more after Russia and after the primary two or three GPs.
Q: Have you ever watched any of the Lucas Oil Professional Motocross motos from right here within the USA? If that’s the case, what do you suppose?
JG: I take a look at the outcomes, and in addition watch the recaps a little bit bit. I haven’t actually watched the total races as a result of I’ve had actually busy weeks with all of the physio and with attempting to get my knee recovered as quickly as doable. The racing appears very nice this 12 months. There are actually a variety of riders who’re quick like Roczen and Ferrandis and all these European guys which might be on the market. For certain, I’ll preserve watching, and I discover all of it actual fascinating.
Q: What is going to make you content while you’re exiting the paddock in Russia on Sunday evening?
The observe is very nice in Russia. It’s pure observe with a variety of jumps. The bottom can also be very nice. It’s hardpack, however with a variety of ruts and a variety of bumps. The observe fits me properly. In 2019, I used to be on the rostrum within the MX2 class, so it fits me properly and I’m completely satisfied to go there. Now, with my knee harm, it’s a little bit bit harder to say the place I need to end, however I can be completely satisfied after I can end the 2 motos and I really feel good and know that I did my finest. The consequence will not be so vital this weekend. I’ll attempt to get as many factors as doable, however we might want to wait till Sunday and see how issues go earlier than I can get a really feel for the place I can be this season.