Seewer and Febvre interviews

Posted on February 12, 2024

Romain Febvre and the Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP enter their fifth season together confident that they can secure the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship title they so narrowly missed in 2021 and 2023. 

Romain, you must feel completely at home in Green as you enter your fifth season with the Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP?

Yes, for sure ... and everything is going perfectly. This winter we only had to concentrate on some small adjustments to the bike so it was much easier than last year when we had to understand a completely new bike. And of course it makes everything much easier when you have already been working with the same people for a couple of years. 

Last year you spent a lot of time testing; could you focus more on your training and physical preparation this winter?

I had a very good winter preparation and, even though I haven't peaked yet because the season will be long, I’m very happy with my physical condition. We didn't need to spend too long with testing as we already knew the bike, but every year there’s some new parts to test; we always need to keep on top of development as the level is very high in MXGP but I would say that the main novelty this year was the chassis as we now use the production one. We started testing straight away at the end of last season, and we soon found the best settings. 

Last year you spent a lot of time developing the bike, doing the fine tuning; did you enjoy this aspect of the job?

It’s always nice to be involved in the development of a new bike as you can request what you want; for sure it can sometimes take time for the new parts to arrive, so you also have to adapt your style to the bike at times, but the final result was very satisfying. Sometimes last year I was looking for solutions; it was a good experience and it’s great to see that the new chassis is really good for me, especially in the sand. I’m very happy with the bike. 

Last year you had one of your best season, so you must be confident for 2024?

As always it is most important not to get injured during the season; last year I had the concussion in Spain and missed that GP, but apart from that I had no other injuries. It’s important because you can continue to progress from race-to-race and stay consistent. You keep your rhythm, you can train physically, and from race-to-race you improve your results. That’s what I did last year; I had the speed and it was a really good season so everything is in place for another great campaign.

Jeremy Seewer begins a new chapter in his Motocross GP career this year; after six FIM medals in ten seasons of GP racing the twenty-nine year old Swiss joins the Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP in search of the elusive Gold. 

Jeremy, a new bike, a new team, a new adventure for you?

Yes of course; you can’t start from zero on so many occasions in your career with a new bike that you need to get used to, with new people around you, with everything new but it’s been a good journey so far. There have been some ups-and-downs, which is normal, but I’m enjoying it and I’m happy! 

You’ve been racing nine years in yellow and six in blue, now in Green with a new motivation?

I don't really function that way; I’m not a guy who has to see new motivation in everything new, but of course it’s nice to discover new directions. Some of them are way better and sometimes you wonder why you never did them before; why nobody previously pointed you in that direction as it seems so natural. There can also be some other things which might feel more negative and I need to work on that, but for sure I’m really motivated to make everything work. Of course it’s easier to stay in your comfort zone because you know the package, you know you can win races, and you know what to improve to advance. But when you change like now, you have a new motivation but you start everything from zero. It’s more of a risk to move to somewhere new - it would be easier to stay where you are - but I’m happy and proud with what I have done and I think it’s the right direction for my career. Many people tell me that Green suits me, and when I see myself on some clips I say ‘wow, that looks nice’. 

You stayed so long with previous brands that, as you say, you have to start from zero?

It’s not easy. Let's say to 90% it’s straightforward because we top riders can ride fast on any bike, even a stock bike from any brand; I can ride fast and enjoy it but then to carry the speed to GP level is another story. To find the last 10% and then the last 5%, the final 3%, that’s where it gets more complicated and then you really need time to test and set up the bike, suspension, engine, chassis, brakes, everything; you have so many options in a factory team to make it right for you. In a few weeks I will know where I am; honestly the feeling is already good but racing up-front at the very top level will be the final confirmation. 

You can learn from new people around you, but you also bring to the team all your experience?

Yes of course, it works both way. They show me new things and it can take some time to work together, but then I bring a lot of experience, especially on the riding side; we each bring our strengths and we can put the pieces of the puzzle together. 

The season will be long; do you have a plan?

I’m not planning too far ahead; at the moment I’m just focused on setting my bike up and doing some pre-season races without any pressure. I'm just trying to enjoy it, to go through this normal process, fixing the evolution on the bike and then looking forward to the first races. 

Physically you feel ready ? Did you have a good winter ?

Yes! Physically I had a really good winter; I kept working on that and tried to improve; trying to work harder but also to regroup better and I don't think I have ever previously been in such good shape. That's super positive.

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