Ken De Dycker interview - Happy Birthday To Me!!
Interview Monday 21th June 2010 By Geoff Meyer
Just as De Dycker has done in the past though he put together a day of magic, winning both motos of the Grand Prix of Germany and moving further up the MX1 World Championship points table. We decided to sit down with the Belgian giant and ask him about his birthday party.
Q: Ken, happy birthday. You must be pretty happy?
De Dycker: To win on my birthday is great, it means a lot to win today, now I need to win again. We worked on so much after France. The pipes have been changed, the whole engine has been changed. I mean my season was already finished after a few GP’s, and I still want to get closer and closer to the top spots. Now I just want to finish better than fifth place.
Q: What is it with you, when you win you do it in style. You won 1-1 in Lierop and also in Valkenswaard. How have your other GP victories been?
De Dycker: Sweden I won the first and second in the second moto, Lommel I went 1-3. I don’t know, maybe it looks easy, but it wasn’t. It was so difficult to be focused all the time. It helps me a lot because the bike is better now and the team is working so hard. I mean I want to thank the team for that, because they are working so hard. I didn’t stop training and didn’t stop believing.
Q: So your fifth Grand Prix victory, but your first on hard pack.
De Dycker: I won in Sweden, Valkenswaard, Lierop and then Lommel, so yes five. So this is my first hard pack. I mean I have been good at places like Bulgaria and other tracks, but most of them are too easy, too fast and everyone can go fast. Some of those circuits it is hard to pass and then it’s important also to get the start and I wasn’t really getting starts. In Germany it was really bumpy, but still you needed to work hard to get your passes done.
Q: At the start of the year you didn’t look good at all, and now with David (Philippaerts) winning in France and you winning here it seems like the Yamaha’s are on a roll.
De Dycker: The bike improved a lot, I did some starts and it has changed so much. If you see my starts here I was level with Nagl, but in previous races I was a bike length behind on the first corner. That is important because everyone is training hard and you need to get good start with these guys.
Q: Can you explain the first race for me?
De Dycker: The first I had a decent start I was fourth or fifth going into the first corners. I kept relaxed and didn’t put too much pressure on myself and I didn’t make any mistakes and that helped me a lot. I just tried to push and in every lap do the same lap times and I did well with that.
Q: The second moto you had some serious pressure from Cairoli near the end?
De Dycker: Second moto same really, it was harder because the circuit was rougher, but I tried to push until the end. It worked out. I mean when Cairoli came it was tough, I was so tired because I am not used to leading anymore. I had some arm pump, so that made it difficult to keep him off me.