THIRD OVERALL IN THE 250 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IS QUITE AN ACCOMPLISHMENT. ARE YOU SATISFIED? In 2012 I finished eighth in the World Championships, so to finish third in 2013 was very good for me. My goal was to finish in the top five with my non-factory bike. I took six or seven podiums, and I won a heat in Brazil. All year long I got many holeshots. My whole team was very happy to finish on the podium in the World Championships.
DID THE KTM FACTORY TEAM OFFER YOU ANY SUPPORT? Yes, they did. Actually, they contacted me recently, and next year they will give me a factory bike. It will be the same bike as Jeffrey Herlings’ and Jordi Tixier’s, except I will still be on the Silver Action KTM team. I will have my own sponsors, gear and everything, but I will have a factory bike.
WHAT WAS THE TURNING POINT IN 2013? Motocross is such a physical sport, so I worked very
hard to get prepared. Of course, motocross is also very mental, so I also worked on mentally preparing myself. The fact that I now have four years on the GP circuit has been helpful. That experience really benefitted me. I now understand how I have to work and how to train. Having that knowledge was a big help.
YOU ARE NOW THE HIGHEST- PLACING SPANISH GP RIDER EVER. Spain has had a couple good riders in the past, but it's not a country that is big into motocross, or one that has a lot of future riders coming up. This has been the first time that a Spanish rider has finished in the top three in the 250 World Championship, so I was really happy to make motocross history in my home country. Spain is a poor country, so there are not a lot of people that can afford motorcycles. Hopefully, that will change one day.
WHERE DO YOU LIVE DURING THE GP SEASON? During the winter I stay in Spain,
but in the summer I live in Holland. Spain is so hot in the summer that you cannot really ride or even train very well. They have good tracks in Holland, and the country is close to many of the races.
IS THERE ANY CHANCE THAT YOU'LL RACE IN THE UNITED STATES? I have been thinking seriously about America. I’m 22 years old now and, with the Youthstream rules, when you turn 23, you have to move to the 450 class. I don’t really like the bigger bikes as much as the 250. Maybe for 2015 I could go to America.
DO YOU BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN WIN THE 250 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2014? My goal will be to finish in the top three. Of course I want to win, but everyone knows how fast Jeffrey Herlings is. It’s true that he can make a mistake and crash, but he’s the best 250 rider right now. I don’t want to predict that I will win the World Championship, but I will try to do my best. ;
By Jim Kimball M a s