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Interview: Steven Lenoir

Interview: Steven Lenoir
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Things have happened pretty fast for Steven Lenoir in the last few months. He won his first British title at the end of last season then promptly moved up from MX2 to MX1 and spent the winter adapting to a new bike.

Last weekend he rode in a very competitive round one of the British championship on the Dyer & Butler KTM and now it has just been announced he will race some MXGP rounds for Lucas Oil 24MX Honda beginning in Valkenswaard this weekend!

We caught up with the smooth Frenchman to get his take on winning the British title, his start to the British season and getting a shot in MXGP again.

Gatedrop: The first round of the British Championship is done and dusted, are you happy with your speed/results?

Steven Lenoir: I’m not happy, my speed was okay but it was a tough day. My expectations are a lot higher and my ability as well I believe. Just a bad day.

Gatedrop: Last year you were riding the MX2 class, how do you feel you have adapted to the bigger bike?

Steven Lenoir: The 350 bike is nice you know, I really like it. We still got to progress with the bike set up as the track in England are really rough.

Gatedrop: You competed at the first French championship and Lacapelle-Marival International race, where you happy with how those warm up races went for you?

Steven Lenoir: Yes warm up races went okay, I put myself twice on the podium. Again I was able to do better with some better start and If I didn’t stalled at the French championship but this is racing and I’m gonna learn from my mistakes.

Gatedrop: Even though its only for three GP’s, you must be happy to get the opportunity to compete in the World Championship this year?

Steven Lenoir: Really happy yes, it’s going to be a good learning curve, my first time in MXGP on a 450 and GPs flyaways. It’s a bit of a dream as I’m gonna be behind the gate with the fastest guy in the world.

Gatedrop: You will get to ride Valkenwaard, Neuquen (Argentina) and Leon (Mexico), what are your thoughts on those tracks? Do you think they will suit you?

Steven Lenoir: It could have been better for me if we were racing hardpack in France but you know I don’t mind, I’m really excited about the opportunity. We will see once I’m at thr tracks. It could have been worse, I mean like lommel or assen (laughs).

Gatedrop: Will it be tough switching between the KTM and Honda?

Steven Lenoir: Ask me in 3 weeks and I will tell you. Honestly I have been riding Ktm for many years now so the only thing I can say is we will see how I feel.

Gatedrop: What’s your thoughts on the new British Championship format?

Steven Lenoir: I think it’s good the guys are pushing to get the championship better, but those concrete start I have no word for it.

Gatedrop: In order to close the gap to Searle and Simpson in England do you think you have to be racing MXGP in order to improve the speed?

Steven Lenoir: Big racing intensity for most week-end helps obviously for the speed. But then you have to deal with traveling, tiredness and injuries so isn’t easy.

Gatedrop: You have been riding the British Championship for a long time now, how satisfying was it to win the British MX2 title last year?

Steven Lenoir: My goal when I come over to England in 2012 was to be British champion. 2013 should of been my year but lots of things happened. 2014 with my injury was a big disappointment. I worked so hard for 2015 and my year finally went to plan. The bike was good and to be all the time on the podium was the best feeling you can ask for as a rider.

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