Eric Geboers interview - The Racer
Interview Wednesday 27th July 2011 By Geoff Meyer
MXlarge: Nice to see you here, are you a big supporter of this event?
Geboers: I am part of the furniture at this race. Last year I think I got third place (in the veteran’s race). I remember two holeshots and I remember leading at least one lap, but I dropped back. I have trouble with my back, but I try not to think about it once in the year, at this race.
MXlarge: What makes you want to be here?
Geboers: You know first of all it’s an initiative from Stefan, that makes you think about it first and then it’s for Charity, and it’s a decent track. I did it once and I think it’s a great event a great Motocross happening, its just people having fun and racing. That is why I came back each year and why I contested this year’s event.
MXlarge: I loved walking through the paddock and seeing all those old bikes, it really made me think about when I was a kid and pretty emotional. How is that for you?
Geboers: That is what I said three years ago, I came back to Sylvain after the race and I said you should come next year to this race, because you are going to see a different side of spending a day at the Motocross, and he came back after the event the year after and I hear him on the phone talking to somebody, telling them to support this race and how he wanted to try and motivate his riders to take part in the event.
MXlarge: But do you get emotional about the event, does it bring back memories for you? Or are you too experienced in this sport to feel what I feel?
Geboers: I don’t say I’m too experienced, I just have a different emotion. So if I tell you where is my emotion and where it touches me. I was suffering a little in the beginning of the year and generally I don’t feel too good, but I am not going to be a pussy and not show up, I will at least try and take a holeshot and put myself on the side. Let me explain it better for you. I was late arriving and practices with a different group than I will race, but I did one lap and I thought, wow, the bike feels good and the track is good, I am going to do one more lap, and then I am going to try this double jump and I am going to do that corner a little faster, wait, I might even try and do a quick lap and check my time, and that is how it works for me. As I speak that is what happened. I started at 10.20 to do just one lap. You still want to see what is possible. Out of that start I don’t think about the first crash, I am so confident, no, I am so sure that I can take a holeshot and that is my idea.
MXLarge: Why don’t you wear the old gear form when you raced?
Geboers: I don’t have the old gear, to be honest at 9am in the morning of the race I went looking for some gear and I found some from last year. I don’t spent time collecting old gear and things like that.
MXlarge: Is this type of event something that you would like to run yourself?
Geboers: For these days it is already a big effort doing the Grand Prix, and it’s already a big job to keep this sport moving forward. I can tell you I am organizing the Grand Prix in Lommel and are we doing enough, do I have extra time to do something else, no I don’t. It’s difficult to put an event like this, the right track, the right moment, the calendar is full also. I believe we should support this event and just focus on this race. As long as we can do one event well that is better.
MXlarge: The Grand Prix of Limburg is coming up this weekend; do you expect a pretty good crowd? Is seemed to be a success last year with a good crowd turnout.
Geboers: We hope to have a good crowd, but Belgium has so many successful races and Belgian people don’t need to come to a Grand Prix to see good racing, plus if it’s raining they stay home and watch it on television because it’s live anyway. I like to hear some other peoples comment on it being a success and the only way of knowing if it’s a success is if the money is good and we don’t know that until Christmas time and it is never as good as we expected, it is always like that.