Interview: Andrea Bonacorsi on an impressive EMX250 campaign and MX2 GP ambitions
Andrea Bonarcorsi talks about his win in EMX250 and going for the title as he continues his superb season in a very competitive class with MX2 in his sights for 2024.
GateDrop: Andrea, it is never easy to come here and take on the sand specialists in the Netherlands so you must be delighted to take the win…
Bonacorsi: Exactly, I feel pretty good in the sand actually. It’s already been three years that I have been here in the Netherlands so I feel really good here. I had two consistent moto’s, in the first moto I was a bit tired at the beginning but I loosened up at the end and I was just a bit short for the win. In the second moto, I was there at the front in the top five and didn’t make any mistakes. I was more or less the whole moto in third – I was able to pass Karssemakers in the last two laps to take the overall win. Really happy about the weekend and I want to thank everybody on the team and everybody that makes it happen and possible, thank you.
GateDrop: You don’t always make things easy with not the best of starts but you are able to stay calm and just work your way through the field all the time. I think that is important in EMX250 as it can be chaotic out there with a lot of younger riders…
Bonacorsi: Yeah, exactly. I think that is key in EMX, everybody wants to win really bad and MX2 is a bit more calm. EMX is a war during the first laps so it is key to stay out of trouble and no mistakes, that is what I did this weekend. I am really proud of it.
GateDrop: A new Dutch GP track in Arnhem, how did you find it? I was expecting something similar to Valkenswaard but I think it was deeper than that track…
Bonacorsi: Yeah, actually I wasn’t expecting it to get as deep as it is now let’s say. The sand is really lose so it is really nice. You can make quite a lot of difference but if you do have a bad start it is a bit tight to pass but I liked the track, it was really good.
GateDrop: Coming into the EMX250 season you had a lot of pressure because you were one of the favourites but you’ve dealt well with the pressure having a great season – what would it mean to you to clinch this championship?
Bonacorsi: You know, I came into this championship and my team and everybody, they were a bit counting on me but I think pressure is a privilege like my team manager told me. That is what I am doing until now, pressure is what I decide to do because this sport is what I love and I think it is just fun. I want to bring home the best results as possible.
GateDrop: Next year, do you think you’ll be making the jump up to MX2 at last or are you still waiting to see?
Bonacorsi: I think for sure we will jump up to MX2 next year. Soon we are going to know something more about it.
GateDrop: Are you looking forward to making that jump up to MX2 and is it possible you could race Maggiora in MX2 this year as part of the prep?
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