Eric Geboers interview - The GP Kids
Interview Tuesday 13th July 2010
Obviously this is a big step in keeping the young exciting riders in the FIM World Motocross Championship, while giving them the chance to also race in the mega popular AMA Supercross championship.
Already riders like Roczen and Herlings have shown interest racing both in America and remaining near their home base in Germany and Holland to do the World Championships.
We decided to ask Geboers about the changes and what he expects might happen for our GP youngsters.
MXlarge: Eric, what is your opinion of the change to the FIM World Motocross Championship calendar to help riders the AMA Supercross and still stay in the Grand Prix’s.
Geboers: The idea was launched by Youthstream so they could make it possible for the riders to think that they can race both the US Supercross and FIM Motocross. Especially for somebody like Ken Roczen who has always said he wanted to race in America this is a good move. Of course the age rule has to be reviewed at the AMA, and then I think it is possible for some riders, it is not good for everybody, you need to have the talent for Supercross, it’s a gift, not something you can really learn, and I think Ken Roczen can do it, but it is still a risk.
MXlarge: For Rockstar Teka Suzuki it is obviously a good thing?
Geboers: I think it’s a good evolution for Motocross, especially for us because with Rockstar Teka Suzuki family global, because we are quite united worldwide, talking about the same looks in America, Australia and here in Europe. So we have the possibility do complete our transatlantic synergy and this is something that is very unique with Suzuki and Rockstar and we expect a lot out of that. The AMA has the interest to change, otherwise their young riders will come to Europe, and it’s always good for us.
MXlarge: Is there a danger in letting riders race Supercross before the Motocross season? Ken seems like a smart kid, but Supercross hasn’t been too kind to former GP racers.
Geboers: You never know, if I look back to Ken, he got hurt already a few times, the first time he went to Lommel a few times and I told him you have to first be able to kill the Lommel sand, it will take you a year to do that, the first time he went out he came back with a broken collarbone, so I think the guy has also his weak points and also things he has to work on, but not Supercross, I don’t think will be the risky area.
MXlarge: How will you approach that with a rider? I mean where will the importance be winning Supercross or winning Motocross?
Geboers: That will be new for us, we have taken that into consideration and at all times in 2011 Motocross will be the priority, and whatever we feel needs to be done for Motocross will be done. I don’t think we need to tell him that, do does that