Andy McKinstry: Jake Nicholls isn’t racing the MXGP World Championship this year and seems to be just be enjoying himself much more without the stress and pressure of racing MXGP.
Nicholls heads to contest the AMA National at RedBud this weekend which is something he’s always wanted to do. It’s nice to see Nicholls get these kind of opportunities and make the most of them, he simply wouldn’t be able to do this if he was racing the MXGP World Championship.
So, what can we expect from Nicholls at RedBud this weekend? Honestly, I think he’s more than capable of getting two top ten results. There’s no doubt the guys at the very front of the AMA Nationals are very fast and especially in America but after the first six or seven guys, the level drops quite a bit. I mean, you’ve got Cody Cooper sitting ninth in the 450 points at the moment and while he’s fast, if Nicholls can get out of the gate with him he’s certainly capable of running with him.
The main thing for Nicholls will be just to have fun and not put any pressure on himself for results. This could very well be the only AMA National he gets to contest in his career so hopefully he’ll have fun and enjoy the track. The results will just be a bonus but I’m predicting he’ll get two top ten finishes.
Jonathan McCready: It’s been a great year so far for Jake Nicholls, the Buildbase Honda rider is in great form leading the British championship, he is having fun again in his racing and it shows in his performances.
Nicholls is using the breaks in the British championship to do some national championship racing in North America. He has already got on the podium in the Canadian Nationals and is now turning his attentions to the US National at Red Bud.
Red Bud is probably the crown jewel of the US calendar, so Jake is getting to see one of the best rounds the States has to offer all on the patriotic 4th of July weekend, so it should be a cracking atmosphere as well.
While very fast at the front, the AMA Nationals aren’t as deep in talent as MXGP and with Jake riding so well at the minute against GP regulars in the UK, I think it’s very possible with his speed and talent that Jake can get inside the top ten especially he gets good starts and feels comfortable on the bike. But anything close to a top ten has to be a success for a flying visit in what is largely a privateer effort.