his style is so much better than many of the other guys.
He is smooth, and he is a little bit like me in looking at
different lines and trying different things. He has never
done anything wrong to me on the track, and he always
rides very well. I think it’s fun to ride with him, and
when us two French guys are on the podium together,
it’s very cool.
DO YOU EVER INTEND TO RETURN TO THE
GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT AGAIN? I think that the GPs
are okay. It’s just different from here in the U.S. I don’t
like living in France as much as I did in the past. I had
my bikes stolen so many times. There are still some good
people there, but they have let so many bad people in
the country that commit so many crimes. I do prefer to
live and race in the U.S. I also believe that some of the
GPs are too far away. For example, I don’t think they
should have a GP in Mexico, because it’s too dangerous.
There are other countries that are not that safe, either,
so they really need to pay attention to what is happening in the world. The GP organization is pretty good,
but I don’t really like the two-day event. It’s a little long
for the teams to get there on Thursday and not leave
until Monday. It costs a lot of money over there, while
racing here for one day costs less money. Here, any top
Amateur guy can come and try to race. You don’t want
to just see 20 guys at a race, because it’s fun to see the
gates full with other guys too. I had some offers to race
over in Europe, but my girlfriend and I wanted to be
here. I have nothing in France now. All my bikes were
stolen the last time we were there. We packed up and
moved the next day. I’ve traveled all over Europe for the
GPs, as well as America. The best fit for me is Florida.
It’s peaceful and quiet.
DO YOU THINK THAT THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT
FOR FRENCH MOTOCROSS RACING? Things would
be much better if the Grand Prix series did not have the
23-year-old age limit rule. If they did not have this age
rule, there would be more riders out there and more
opportunities. Not as many fans watch the 250 class,
because there aren’t as many big names in the class.
They need these big names that are experienced at racing 250s so that the young guys can learn. I’m not sure
what the French federation is doing to help French riders
to learn and grow. Every time they pick the team for the
MXDN, I question if they picked the right guys. Not that
I should be picked, but I do feel that Marvin Musquin
deserved to be there with the good season he has had.
I think Marvin is around 25 years old, and the guy they
have chosen is maybe 18. Someone older has a lot more
experience, but the French federation doesn’t seem to
respect us, which makes us not want to ride for them.
It’s a waste that they are pushing us away.
WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS? I’m not sure
yet. My big focus was to return to racing in America
in 2014 with good factory support. I’ve raced for many
years, and if something good comes along, then I will
take it. If nothing good comes along, then I will probably
retire. It’s important to be on a good bike and a good
team. When you are a top-five guy, you cannot ride with
bad equipment, because it’s too dangerous. The money
is always somewhat important because you need to get
paid. It’s ordinary to get paid for your profession. People
come to watch us race, so if we don’t get paid, then we
cannot race. For me, the main thing is having a good
bike and a good team. It’s not all about the money. The
pay should simply be reasonable. ❏