THEIR OWN WORDS
450 WORLD CHAMPION
I came and won the title. I think he likes that all the
fans look at him as the best French rider, but that is
not my thing. I don’t care so much, but I think it was
important to Gautier. Then I came and I won the title.
I think that it was difficult for him to accept that.
That’s the way the sport is. We still have a good relationship, and we will have to see how the future is.
DO YOU EVER INTEND TO RACE IN THE
USA? I recently signed for two more years with this
team, so I have two more years in Europe, but why
not come to America after that? For me, the difficult
part would be Supercross, because I have never ridden
much Supercross. All the European riders that I know
say that Supercross is the most difficult part of racing
in America. I don’t know, maybe in the future this is
something that I will try.
FRENCH RIDERS HAVE A GOOD HISTORY
OF EXCELLING IN SUPERCROSS. That’s very
true, but I don’t know why. It has always been
difficult for France to pick the Motocross des Nations
riders, because there are so many fast French riders
in Europe and in America. I don’t know why there are
so many fast French riders, but we do have a strong
French Federation that helps the young riders grow
up. There is a lot of support in France, but it is really
only motocross and not Supercross.
WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO WIN THE USGP AT
GLEN HELEN? I took it easy at first because the
track was so different. We made some small changes
with the bike over the weekend, and it really worked
out. I was very happy with the way I rode, but I made
a couple of mistakes and could not win the second
moto at Glen Helen. I was happy to take the overall
and show some good things. The first moto I had
some good battles with Cooper Webb, and I passed
him with three laps to go. Webb may have been a
bit tired in the second moto. He had only ridden the
450 a couple of times, so that was probably a big
change for him.