Jake Nicholls interview - MXoN Selection
Interview Monday 23th August 2010 By Geoff Meyer
MXlarge: Jake, so what did you think when you read about Dean Wilson being in the British team?
Nicholls: Clearly he is a great rider and he is having great results in America and we know they are not slow in America. I wouldn’t dispute him deserving it, but you know, it’s still was strange to find out. I found out on your site I think, it was a bit weird. I thought he was Canadian and then Scottish for a bit, it’s not my style, whether that is morally right or not I don’t know, if I am with somebody I will stick to them. I read he didn’t want to ride for Canada last year, but I don’t know. Hopefully he can get together with the other two riders in the team and do the business, you know what I mean.
MXlarge: He is in the British team is seems, last year Canada, what if he decides to race for Team USA in future years?
Nicholls: If he doesn’t stick to our country and rides for somebody else, then I won’t have a day’s respect for him. For the minute he is young and riding well, it was a bit strange and also disheartening for the boys who ride the British Championship. I mean he’s got the Scottish flag on his bike now. He has done well in his first year, but it’s not something I am stressed about. I would love to see us win it. To have him in the team is awesome.
MXlarge: Statistically you have to go with Shaun, Tommy and Dean. Shaun has won GP’s and moto’s and is the top British rider in the Grand Prix’s. Tommy has shown good speed at the MXoN, but like Shaun went through a bad patch.
Nicholls: I wouldn’t want to be Steve Dixon to pick it. He will get crap no matter what, but it’s great we have so many riders to pick from, we have five riders who you can argue over. At the end of the day this is awesome, the country is strong and it’s getting better. I am not stressed, it’s good and its competition. I want to be in it and so do the other boys. Shaun is higher than me in the championship, Tommy has been up and down, you couldn’t pick him, but he might be healthy when it’s on. He also has good support over there that will also cost the ACU less money. I am behind Steve’s choice not matter who he picks.
Mxlarge: There are a bunch of British MX2 riders who are improving. I talked to Mel Pocock about it and he mentioned he would love to beat you and I guess you have the same for Shaun. Is there a rivalry going here?
Nicholls: Obviously we all want to be the best in our country. I want to beat Shaun, but I want to beat all the riders in front of me. I can’t look at Musquin and be realistic that I can beat him, but I think it’s realistic to beat Shaun. I know he went through a bad patch and I’ve also had some bad GP’s.
MXlarge: So if you get behind Shaun it’s not like you get more motivation to pass him, compared to other guys?
Nicholls: Not really, from where he is in the Championship and from the guys around him, those are the guys I want to beat, I mean like I said I don’t think I can run with guys like Musquin and Roczen, but I think I can run with Shaun and some of those other guys, it’s not just Shaun, and I am not worried about it and I am not going to go balls out to beat Shaun, I will go balls out to beat anyone I can.
MXlarge: If you were selected to race the MXoN, will you race a 350cc machine?
Nicholls: I have a 350 at the minute, I wouldn’t race it at a GP or British Championship, and I might ride it in a smaller race. It’s still a big thing, and it’s still really quick. I am preparing for it (the MXoN), but I got it for fun, I just wanted one to have a play on it.