Jens Getteman came into this year with the intention of competing a full season in the MX2 World Championship with the Silver Action outfit. However, his plans have changed midway throughout the season as he reveals in this interview that he had no more motivation on a 250. This year was going to be his last year in the MX2 World Championship anyway due to the U23 age rule so he has decided to move up to the MXGP World Championship.
Of course, Jens had a go at the MXGP class a few years ago as he signed with 24MX Honda team but unfortunately he spent those two years with a lot of injuries. However, he is now racing MXGP for the fmx4ever KTM team. His first GP was in England and he showed some good speed. He finished sixteenth in the first moto which is a good result for such a tough class. He even improved on this result in the first moto in Mantova by finishing in twelfth and beating the likes of Jake Nicholls, Christopher Charlier and Tanel Leok to mention a few.
He hasn’t been able to put two good moto’s together yet but he has the rest of this season to put it together. We decided to sit down and catch up with the Belgian about his season so far.
Gatedrop: You have moved up to the MXGP class for the last two GP’s and shown good speed. You must be happy with how they went?
Jens Getteman: I’m really happy about how it’s already going, it’s something that I and the people around me didn’t expect when I made the step to MXGP.
Gatedrop: Obviously you were riding in MX2 for Silver action but decided to part ways, what was the reasoning behind that?
Jens Getteman: The reason to part ways was because I didn’t feel good and had no more motivation anymore on the 250. We asked Silver Action if they wanted to do it with me but it was to difficult to change bikes and all the spare parts so they gave me the opportunity to search for a team to finish the year in MXGP.
Gatedrop: Is the plan to race the rest of the MXGP World Championship?
Jens Getteman: Yes, I will do all the other races in MXGP. only the last two oversea GP’s are still a big question mark.
Gatedrop: Can you tell me a bit about the new ride you have and how it fell into place?
Jens Getteman: Well, I already had a 450 bike from the team fmx4ever because I was competing the Belgium and Dutch championship for them in the mx1 class and after the decision I’ve made to go to MXGP they really wanted to do it with me.
Gatedrop: You’re currently a privateer, how hard is that in such a strong class and against the factory bikes?
Jens Getteman: I have a complete stock bike, I just have a really good WP suspension and akrapovic exhaust, that’s all. Of course to compete against a factory bike it’s never easy but for me the stock 450 has more than enough power, sometimes it’s even riding with me than I with the bike (laughs).
Gatedrop: You never really got the results in the MX2 class we expected, do you think you were too big for the bike?
Jens Getteman: I really suit, perfect on a 450 because of my height and riding style. I guess that’s also why it never went like it should be on the 250.
Gatedrop: The last few years you have been switching between a 450 and a 250, has it been difficult to adapt?
Jens Getteman: To switch between the two bikes wasn’t so difficult, just the way of riding is different.
Gatedrop: You got a chance with an MXGP ride with 24MX Honda a few years ago but you were plagued with injuries. How frustrating was that?
Jens Getteman: It was really difficult and hard for me. i just did twelve races in two years time and I’m sure if I didn’t have this setback I’d be a lot further than where I’m at now.
Gatedrop: Have you got a goal you’d like to achieve before the end of the season?
Jens Getteman: Well, I just wanna get better and better every race and keep getting closer to the top ten guys and show people the real me on the bike.
Interview: Andy McKinstry
Pic: Martin Plesnik