Interview: Liam Everts – back on the podium

Image: Nigel McKinstry | Interview: Jonathan McCready

After a tough couple of weekend recently, Liam Everts was back at the front in Maggiora winning the qualifying race in an exciting last lap pass on Simon Laengenfelder in the mud then winning race one in the dry on Sunday before a fourth place in moto two to give him second overall – just losing the overall win on a tie-break with teammate Sacha Coenen!

We caught up with Liam to get his thoughts on the weekend:

A great weekend after a couple of so so performances. Was it nice to get back into your into your rhythm again and then be up leading races, winning races?

Yeah. Obviously, it showed the last 3 rounds a struggle. So this was was nice, you know, winning quali race, winning moto one, to feel like my best again.

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Did you make a change on the bike, or what happened after these last two weekk?

Got back to basics, I had fun again in my riding. That was a big thing. During the week as well, I had 2 good days with my grandpa, training, which was nice.

So Harry Everts, your grandpa there, he’s had, I don’t know how many riders come through his system from Jet to Prado. Obviously, your dad, Grant Langston. Jonass, what why is he so good at coaching riders? What does he give you?

For me for me, it’s it’s very different. You know? We are family. We are related. So it’s very different, to all his past riders with respect to them, obviously. Yeah. It’s a family thing. I don’t know. We just get along, and it works. You know?

The level this year seems really high. Both the Husky boys are going really fast. You come into the series after your thumb injury, and you were straight back on the pace. But, obviously, you have Adamo. Sacha’s now winning races. The intensity, how is it like out there even about you get to start 5th? It’s like a war zone for 35 minutes.

Yeah. I think today, it showed even more. Like, it was almost impossible to yeah, obviously, you could pass, but if you go off the racing line, you lose time.

So, that was a bit of a thing today. But, yeah, we are a very competitive class this year. I’d say, you know, you have Andrea, Simon, Lucas, Kay, myself, Sacha. So, yeah, it’s, it’s competitive to say the least, but, I think, it’s very good for, the Pierer company!

Are you able to enjoy those races? Because it just seems like you’re just on it.

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Oh, yeah. I loved it this weekend Yeah. To be honest. Yeah. I really had fun this weekend, and, I think that showed.

There’s talk of an AMA, MXGP combination race in a year or 2 in America. So it’ll be a presumed top twenty from here going over to America, racing their top 20 with I didn’t know. Davy Coombs, David Luongo. Would that excite you to have such unique risks?

I think I need to open my social then. Come climb under the rock. Yeah. Could be exciting. Yeah. Why not?!

I’m just going back to these Nations. You rode that 350 last year. The bigger bikes they’re gonna suit you. Are you gonna stay in MX 2 till the age limit, or is there have you even thought of down that road and you don’t know?

I’m just focused on the 2nd part of this season now, and then we’ll see what comes on my path. You know? I think the next season is pretty clear. I’m still gonna be on the 250. Okay. 9 out of 10 or something has to change so big that I don’t even know about now. But I’m not looking that far ahead.

And just on your GP wins, you you showed some great Everts, classic Everts style in the mud. Does it feel really good to be compared to your dad like that? And execute the way he used to, and even the American media are are commenting that you’re just like like your dad because a couple of weeks ago you just blew away from everyone. You’re very patient in those ruts?

You have to be in these conditions, you know. It’s very tricky. If you rush it, you will lose to it. Yeah. It’s a compliment, but, obviously, I have my own style. It’s very similar to my dad’s. I think that it’ll follow me for quite some time.

Were you taught how to do that? Did Stefan and Harry teach you? Or is that just an instinct that you just can do?

I was taught from a young age to do those things, but, you know, you still have to do it yourself. When it comes down to it, you have to do it on the bike, and that’s something they can’t help me with. That’s something inside of there or is not there. So I kinda developed that myself. I think a lot of that comes from trial riding. I really enjoyed doing that off season, You know, living partly in Portugal, just taking a trial bike, go out the gate, and and have fun. You know? Yeah. It’s where I think you learn a lot.

Good job, Liam. Thanks.