Interview: Anton Gole
One of the surprises during the 2016 season has to be Anton Gole who had a fantastic campaign taking part in the EMX250 championship. Anton made the switch from Honda to Husqvarna for the 2016 season and it has helped him with his riding.
It’s always nice to see a privateer put in good results and Gole has certainly managed that throughout the 2016 campaign with two EMX250 podiums. He ended up a brilliant fourth in the series.
After such a good season he had the opportunity to represent Sweden at the Motocross Des Nations and the Coupe de l’Avenir.
With another strong off-season behind Gole don’t be surprised to see him put in some good results when he moves up to the MX2 World Championship for the 2017 season which will be his rookie season.
We decided to catch up with the Swedish rider to talk about his season.
Gatedrop: Anton, a brilliant weekend for you at the Coupe de l’Avenir, can you talk me through your weekend?
Anton Gole: It was a really good weekend for me at the Coupe de l’Avenir. The riding felt awesome and it was really nice to end the season with a victory after a good battle with my Swedish friend Alvin Östlund.
Gatedrop: You competed in the EMX250 championship last year and finished fourth in the series, you must be delighted with how the season went for you?
Anton Gole: I am very happy about how my season went. I knew that I had the potential to run up front but I didn’t really expect that my results would be this good in such a short time.
Gatedrop: I was at Valkenswaard a few years ago and you were racing the LCQ yet this year you finished fourth in the series, you have stepped up a lot in 2016!
Anton Gole: The 2016 season has been a big step in the right direction and I’m really looking forward to the new season.
Gatedrop: You changed from a Honda to a Husqvarna for the 2016 season, it seems to suit you much better. What do you put that down to?
Anton Gole: I got a good deal with Husqvarna Sweden and now afterwards it was a good decision. The Husqvarna suits my style really good.
Gatedrop: What would you put your progression this year down to?
Anton Gole: I haven’t made too many changes, I have just kept on working hard and now the results are finally starting to come.
Gatedrop: You were a privateer, how hard was it racing against guys on better machinery?
Anton Gole: For sure, it’s a little bit harder to be a privateer but I have good people around me that help me out a lot. The Husqvarna is very good from the factory so that helps a lot.
Gatedrop: What was the highlight of the season for you and why?
Anton Gole: The highlights of the season are for sure the podiums in Spain and Italy.
Gatedrop: What are your plans for the 2017 season?
Anton Gole: The plan for next season is to ride MX2 World Championship but all the details are not finished yet.
Gatedrop: You must be excited to race the MX2 World Championship, what are your expectations and have you set yourself any goals?
Anton Gole: I’m really excited for next season, I’m going to do my best and then we will see what the results will bring.
Gatedrop: Anyone you’d like to thank?
Anton Gole: I really want to thank all my sponsors and especially my family for all the hard work they put in to me.
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