Interview: Mads Fredsøe – gearing up for the EMX125 season
One rider that has bags of natural talent is young Dane, Mads Fredsøe who is gearing up for another year racing the EMX125 season. This year, Fredsøe has signed up with a team – Sturm STC racing so will be hoping for his best year yet.
A former EMX65 champion, Fredsøe could have a bright future in the sport and will be hoping the 2023 season can provide his best results yet in a very competitive EMX125 class.
We caught up with Fredsøe before the season starts off this weekend.
GateDrop: Mads, you’ve signed with Sturm STC for the 2023 season, just how did the deal all come about for you?
Fredsøe: Yes, I signed with STURM STC for the 2023 season. We have talked a little with them last year and made a deal this off-season that I will be racing for them. It’s a very good and professional team with good people so I’m happy with the decision.
GateDrop: How has your preparation been going ahead of the 2023 EMX125 season?
Fredsøe: It’s been good! I have been a lot in Spain riding with team Denmark in Red Sand MX Park getting a lot of preparation done. So yeah, for sure got a lot of hours on the bike and feel good for the upcoming season.
GateDrop: What are your goals for the 2023 season?
Fredsøe: I would say my goal is about being top 10 in EMX125 and maybe top 5 in adac. But I don’t really know, my plan is to go out there and give it what I have and see where we end up.
GateDrop: 2022, I feel you showed some glimpses of what you could do and especially at Lommel. How would you reflect on your season?
Fredsøe: Yes I felt like I had and okay 2022 season and showed in some races what I can do. I started off slowly with not the best results but slowly got my race pace back and made some top 5 in adac and some top 5 in the EMX races. I’m happy about the EMX at Lommel with overall 6th and in Udevalla 6th in the first race but I DNS the second because of sickness. I think my 2022 season went good but let’s hope for a better 2023.
GateDrop: Being a privateer what has it been like trying to battle with some factory bikes in EMX125 – you must be glad to have a team sorted!
Fredsøe: Yeah, for sure it’s been hard not only the bikes but also a lot of driving me and my dad. One weekend we ride in Spain and the next we ride in Latvia. So yea a lot of hours in the car. There’s also going to be a lot of driving in 2023 but we have fun with it. I feel like we have a good setup for the season so we can compete against the factory teams.
GateDrop: I feel like you suit the sand better – have you done much hard pack preparation coming into the season?
Fredsøe: Yes, I have trained both on hard pack and sand tracks. It’s funny you say that because I actually like hard pack tracks more than sand but I made a good result in Lommel so I don’t know. But yes I have trained a lot of hard pack this off season. I feel ready for 2023 season and can’t wait for it to get started this weekend in Switzerland, Frauenfeld.
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