Interview: David Braceras discusses his first EMX250 podium
It was a special weekend for young Spaniard, David Braceras as he stood on the EMX250 podium for the first time in his career. The VRT KTM rider was very consistent during both races despite two very different conditions and finished 4-5 to end up third overall.
Braceras will be hoping it’s the first podium of many as he continues to improve and make a name for himself.
We caught up with Braceras after Maggiora to discuss his podium and more.
GateDrop: David, it was a very very good weekend for you here at Maggiora getting an EMX250 podium, you must be delighted to stand on the box?
Braceras: Yeah, I am really happy. It’s my first podium of the season and also the first EMX250 podium of my career. In the first moto I finished fifth and today I ended up fourth. Today the track was really really difficult with only one line and difficult to pass. I struggled during the first laps but then I found a good consistent rhythm to finish fourth. To finish third overall, I am really really happy and I really want to say thanks to my trainer (Pierre Renet), mechanic and my team. We work really hard, and the hard work pays off, I hope I can continue this way – we will see at the next races.
GateDrop: Coming into the season, what goals did you have, and did you think you’d be standing on the podium so soon?
Braceras: It’s difficult in the EMX250 championship, you need to be consistent. The results of riders race by race can be very different so I want to be consistent and we will see how it goes.
GateDrop: What was your thoughts on the track both days? Saturday was quite hard pack but still soft on top and then the rain came to make things very technical…
Braceras: On Saturday the track was really different, and Sunday was like a new track. Saturday the track was really hard pack with no lines and no ruts which made it one-lined, a lot of riders had the same speed, so the start was really important. Today, the start was also really important because there was only one line – outside of that was really soft and very slippery. I took two good starts so I am happy about that and I found a good rhythm.
GateDrop: It must feel good to have good results during both moto’s because the track was so different – it shows you are versatile…
Braceras: For sure, I am happy. Like I said, two very different conditions and I am happy that I could ride both days.
GateDrop: What’s your goals for the rest of the season? You now have a podium so perhaps the next target it to try and win? Although it’ll be difficult and especially with those Fantic’s…
Braceras: For sure, it is not easy to win at the EMX250 championship, but I think it’s not impossible. With hard work it is possible and with good starts so I will work really hard with my team, trainer and mechanic so we can see what I can do.
GateDrop: Future goals, I am sure you will want to make the step up to the MX2 World Championship at some stage – will you maybe do any wildcard rounds this year to help you prepare for the future?
Braceras: The plan is to race at intu Xanadú at Madrid but it isn’t 100% sure yet.
GateDrop: Will you just go there and try and learn from the best riders in the world to prepare for 2023 or the year after?
Braceras: Yeah, it’s really early to say about that but we will see if we finish this year with good speed then why not do the World Championship but we will see during the year. I’ve only did this for one race so I want to continue like this, work hard and be consistent.
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