Marnicq Bervoets - Belgian MXoN Legend
Interview Friday 28th September 2012 By Geoff Meyer
While his season results often meant second place in the championships he was always good at the season ending Motocross of Nations, winning with Belgium in 1995, 1997 and 1998.
Q: Marnicq, when was your first Motocross of Nations?
Bervoets: The first time I rode it was 1989, in Gaildorf, Germany. I was picked because another rider crashed and couldn't ride, so I took his place. That was the first time with George Jobe and Eric Geboers, can you imagine. I was a young rider, between those two. I had a lot of pressure, but those two didn't do anything there, their results were not that good. They helped me with confidence, but their results were terrible. I was like 13th in the 125cc championship that year, so for me it was an experience being with those two riders. I was the best rider from the team, which was amazing. Jobe went out in one heat and Geboers also, and I think I finished fifth or sixth. So I had good results.
Q: You must have ridden a lot of Motocross of Nations in your career?
Bervoets: I rode the Motocross of Nations maybe 12 or 13 times. I can't remember, but I missed some.
Q: Which one stood out for you?
Bervoets: For sure when we won in Nismes in 1997, which was amazing. I had to ride the 125cc that year because obviously Stefan and Joel were on the big bikes. I was not riding a 125cc bike for 10 years. The Federation asked me if I could ride the 125cc machine and I said no problem, but before the race I thought to myself, this is going to be tough. I was 90 kilo's and I started thinking more about it. If Joel and Stefan were good and everyone expected them to be, I thought if I did bad they would kill me. I was lucky I did very well in the first heat; I finished second, so it was okay. I was very nervous there though.
Q: Did you have a major disappointment in the MXoN?
Bervoets: Biggest disappointment, actually Foxhills in England in 1998. We (Belgium) won the event, but I had a terrible race and I couldn't enjoy it properly. Stefan was outstanding there, I remember that and I was riding so badly there. I would have normally stopped, but I needed to go on for the points. I felt terrible in that year.
Q: You nearly always had good results in this event. What made you so good at the MXoN?
Bervoets: I was always very good at the MXoN. I think because you have three riders and you have to do very good. Many people always said I was second in the championship, and that I couldn't deal with pressure, but at the Motocross of Nations I had more pressure and there I was good. Maybe I needed more pressure in the championships. Steve (Ramon) is also good in the MXoN, and he always had more pressure because the American's were there.