Jake Nicholls interview - For Love of Country
Interview Wednesday 22th September 2010 By Geoff Meyer
Nicholls is a really hard working kid who wants to leave it all on the track. This coming weekend in Denver he will experience the race of his life. With Great Britain behind him anything is possible.
MXLarge: Jake, how was it getting the call from Steve last month?
Nicholls: I was pumped and pretty surprised. Came through some injuries, to Tommy and Shaun, but it’s a nice reward for the hard work over the last few years. We were close to getting picked due to some injuries; Steve gave me a call once then. Now this year it’s awesome, I’ve been riding the 350 anyway. I was really happy and surprised. I am also really happy with riding that bike.
MXlarge: Riding for your Nation, that’s something you can tell the grandkids about in years to come.
Nicholls: That is pretty much it really, I was just pumped. I said to my dad – who hates flying - you need to get on a flight, because this might only happen once. I am going to treasure it and make the most of it really. We want to get there and get the bike sorted with suspension and also get used to the time difference and also the altitude or whatever.
MXlarge: I know you mentioned about the 350 before, how do you feel on that thing?
Nicholls: I am big old boy and it’s easier for me because it’s got more power and I think I can do some damage on it, but we will see really. I guess the race will show, but I am pretty confident on it.
MXlarge: The Open class isn’t that packed with top riders is it?
Nicholls: I looked into it and I am confident I can get 6th or something in MX3, you know something always happens in that race, so I just go out there and do my best. It is all people can ask, I just try and get a good start and it should be sound.
MXlarge: After Shaun pulled out with his injury did you have a preference in the third rider. I know you and Billy never really got on in the past. Which rider did you want in?
Nicholls: I didn’t care. At the end of the day I had differences with Billy, but I was willing to put that behind me. The last thing I would have wanted was to see two of the boys not getting on. Nobody wants to mess it up for the team. I don’t have a favorite, but Brads an old boy and he is a fighter, nice to see him get a chance. On the other hand it would have been nice to see Swordy because he’s been around for a while and is riding the big bike well. Same with Billy, he is seriously quick.
MXlarge: Are you up for the team moral thing, fighting for the same cause?
Nicholls: I was willing to come together with whoever is in the team. I mean we want to do some damage. I remember reading on your website Team Belgium did something together. Personally I think that is important, we should all be together and do stuff together. I don’t know Dean very well; I think it will be good to get to know him. Whatever happens happens and I am sure we will all give our best.
MXlarge: What about the bike, do you have help in America?
Nicholls: I have good connections with KTM USA; they helped us out at the USGP, so that should be sorted. We have good suspension and we just need to set that up on the 350. We will have plenty of support there so that will be fun.