LS Honda riders have had some success in recent weeks with Shaun Simpson winning the opening round of the Maxxis British Championship a week ago and now Ken De Dycker winning the opening round of the Dutch Motocross Championship yesterday. We caught up with De Dycker and asked him about the day.
MXlarge: Ken, how was the Gemert circuit. It’s known to be tough?
De Dycker: For once it was a dry race, so that was okay. It was getting a bit strange, the bumps were not smooth, and because they had so many different classes racing the bumps were everywhere.
MXlarge: How did your two races go?
De Dycker: I didn't get good starts; I make mistakes in the start. I came through in the first moto in the second lap and had a good speed and tried to make my lap times the same on every lap. First moto I passed Strijbos early and he followed me for a few laps and then he made a mistake. Then in the second moto Shaun was leading and I was behind and he crashed, so there wasn't really a good battle for me, only in the first few laps.
MXlarge: How does it feel to be back on Honda after your time on Suzuki and Yamaha?
De Dycker: I feel good; I mean this Honda is totally different to the bike I rode at CAS. We need to get everything set-up and try some new suspension and some other smaller things, so it suits me better. I am already riding it well, so I am pretty happy.
MXlarge: You mentioned you didn’t get good starts in Gemert and Shaun told me in our interview with him last week he didn’t get good starts in the Maxxis. Honda’s don’t seem to be that great out of the start the last couple of years. What is your opinion on that?
De Dycker: In France I nearly had the holeshot in all three races, so Gemert was more my mistake, I was playing with my goggles and clutch busy and the gate dropped. I just wasn't ready.
MXlarge: Did anyone impress you in Gemert?
De Dycker: Strijbos impressed me a little, not sure what he did in the second moto. Steve crashed in the first moto I think and for that there weren’t too many more special ones.
MXlarge: What do you have coming up now in the next few weeks before Bulgaria?
De Dycker: I have Halle, another round of the Dutch Championship, then a French race. I feel much stronger and physically I am better and the bikes are better.
MXlarge: You mentioned to me that you will push harder for the title this year because the amount of good riders are getting smaller and the only way to find a good ride is if you are the top guy. Are you still thinking like that?
De Dycker: It was hard to get a good deal for this year, but I think they will start selling more bikes and I hope everything gets better. If you win a Championship then you don't have to worry about the rest, so that is my goal for this year.