MXlarge interview - Rui Goncalves
Interview Monday 29th June 2009 By Geoff Meyer
Anyone who has talked to Goncalves this year knows he has a tunnel vision for the championship and despite being 70 points behind Musquin and fighting through some serious set backs in the series, he isn't giving up just yet. In fact, he might just have started his final assault on this years title race.
MXlarge: It's been a strange MX2 Championship to date, first Paulin was the man, then you and for a while Musquin. Why is that?
Goncalves: It's just a tough championship as you can see. A lot of riders up front and it is going to be tough until the end. I had some highlights, some high moments of being on the podium, and had a tough time since France. My shoulder popped out there and it was tough on my body. If it is a tough race on my body and then it is also tough on your mind.
MXlarge: You are a long way behind in the championship points after a poor run of late.
Goncalves: I came through and I was happy to be in Latvia racing. I am just able to be there racing and that is the way I want to keep it, there is a long way in this championship and I have done all the hard work, my base training is done and the homework is done, so now I just have to race. Every week I do my homework and come prepared and Latvia was just another weekend. I have to go like this until the end of the season. There is something to win and nothing to lose.
MXlarge: Musquin has won a lot of races recently; does that make it difficult for you to get motivated for the championship?
Goncalves: I mean, already at the beginning of the season it was like that. A lot of French guys were winning, Paulin, Musquin, they won the first two Grand Prix's and I just had to fight back. Now it's my turn again, I am riding good, and it's up to use to beat him and break this period he is having. I am not thinking of the championship; just winning races and see how it ends up.
MXlarge: In Germany a lot of people saw Musquin crash when Frossard was pressuring him and Paulin told me that happened a lot with Musquin when the pressure is on. What did you think of it, did it give you something to think about for future races?
Goncalves: For sure, there is no superman out there and everyone gets worries about other riders and everyone makes mistakes and he made one in Germany. For sure he is going to make more and nobody is unbeatable and nobody is perfect on a motorcycle. For sure you feel pressure, get stressed and make mistakes. My job is to race, do my best, but sure it is good to know this (what happened in Germany).
MXlarge: Back on a rough, sandy circuit and you get the win. We have Lommel and Lierop coming up and Sweden is also sandy and rough, you must feel good about what happened in Latvia and those three circuits I mentioned?
Goncalves: For sure it was a great weekend, it started yesterday when I won the qualification race and then won the GP today with 2-1, great feeling. It is special when you win somewhere you have never been. The track was nice and I felt good walking the track and it was rough, but not really deep sand, it got bumpy and I enjoy it. I will just do the same in Sweden, try and do my best and try and be a front runner. I have a great team behind me and Sweden is just another GP, I look forward to racing there I like the sand and good tracks coming up for me, and I just want to come and race, I won also on the hard pack and I am looking forward to them.