Grand Prix of Great Britain - Rider Comments
News Monday 20th August 2012 By Geoff Meyer
Jeremy Van Horebeek
"On Wednesday my aunt died and it was really not good for my head coming here. I've lost my grandfather and my aunt in the last two months and a half and both were very close to me...the sort of people that I could say anything to. Talking about motocross...I felt good on Saturday and was having fun on the track but then I made a small mistake and jumped too far on the step-up. It was a big crash and I had a lot of pain in my hand. I went to the medical centre and there was nothing broken but I needed some attention and help. My starts were good in the motos and I think this was the only good part of the weekend. I felt OK in the first parts of the races but in the later stages it was difficult and painful through the braking bumps and on the landings of the jumps. The second moto was really hard and at the end I was looking at the clock by the finish every lap and hoping it would go down. To have pain and crash is part of the job and I just tried to do my best. I will go for physio now on Tuesday and hope everything will quickly get better."
"I didn't have the best start position obviously and I found the track was too flat in the first moto. There were not so many lines like there were on Saturday and I couldn't make the passes like I wanted. I changed my start slot in the second moto but the ground was not so well prepared. I have to say my riding was better in the second and I was chasing and passing people. I just made that small mistake which made me lose two positions but I tried to fight back. The results were not the best but I was happy with my riding."
“It’s great to be back on the podium, and I want to dedicate it to my team who remained strongly behind me even when I was not getting the results which we expected. My last podium was in Portugal and that was a long time ago - we have had some tough GPs but we found some solutions, even though it’s never easy to recover during the season. I'm having again fun on the bike, and a couple of good starts helped me to achieve this podium. The track this weekend was almost perfect and it was nice to race the same event as the young kids of the European series.”
"I was pleased after the first race. I felt good on a tough track but it was really special to be here with all the GP guys. My gate pick was not the best and I needed better from the qualification. The second moto was just bad luck. I lost the front wheel and I hope Jorge [Prado] is OK as he was following me and got caught up with the bike."
"Honestly I think the meeting went quite well but obviously I am still not 100% strong. I rode quite fast and set good lap-times but I need to get sharper. I really like Sevlievo in Bulgaria and I'm really motivated to go there. I think a top-five finish would be very good considering my shape at the moment."
It was a great weekend for me and I gelled with the track straightaway. In the first moto I didnt get such a good start but I closed down a five or six second gap to Jeffrey. I have only done three GPs and it is hard to come back on these guys when they have already done more than twenty-five motos. Im happy with the result I had this weekend and Im continuing to build my fitness and come back to a good level.
I made a mistake on Saturday and had a bad crash. I hurt my back a bit and felt lucky to be able to ride today. I felt good with my arms and that was a positive thing, especially as I didnt have much preparation time for this race. I had two consistent motos and it was hard to get a good jump out of the gate with the position I had. Anyway, the rhythm came back to me today and I was strong at the end of the motos. I will keep on working and hope to be better and better each GP.
I underestimated myself coming back to the GPs early. The plan was to get through the weekend and finish both motos and that wasnt the case and it was a bit more than I expected. I need to crack down and follow my original goal of being able to do well in Italy and Germany. This is not the start I wanted so I just have to put it behind me. My fitness will be better just from the riding I did anyway and it would have been pointless pushing through the limits after the sickness Ive had.
Obviously Im gutted. I wanted to win here. I was taken out by Olsen in the first moto and it was a hard track to come back from that far down. I was also getting some arm-pump which is really weird. Basically I wasnt myself this weekend and thats disappointing because I had such amazing support. Anyway looking at the bigger picture I got some more points with second place in the second moto and now we go to Lierop and I consider myself more of a sand rider.
Somehow Saturday seems to be so easy! I make good starts and ride a good pace but then its more of a struggle on Sunday. Maybe the tracks are changing and Im not adapting quick enough. I couldnt get out of the gate today and I tried two different approaches this afternoon without success. It was frustrating to have to battle the whole moto and keep pushing forward and eat roost; nobody sees how difficult that is to do for two motos every week and how much it takes out of you and affects your whole week. Overall it was an exciting event for me and Im just gutted that it was under-par. I honestly thought I could get near the fight for the podium after Saturday but I was quite a way from it today. All I can look forward to now is Lierop and the next round. It will be sandy and a few people will be struggling so I know I can make the difference skipping on top of those bumps. I want to have a strong finish to the season.
This morning went well and I was pretty happy after practice. I didnt get such a good start in the first moto but came through and was just outside the top ten after five laps. I made a mistake on a jump and slid-out. I hurt my shoulder and pulled the clavicle, something similar to what I did in the British Championship. I was at the back but rode to nineteenth or something. I did what I could but my shoulder was killing me. I had a go at the second moto but couldnt pull around the turns or go through the braking bumps. There were some good signs but it could be a couple of weeks before Im back to normal.