Interview: Thomas Ramette – winning in Belfast!

Defending Arenacross UK champion Thomas Ramette took the win on night two of the Belfast Arenacross on his SR75 World Team Suzuki, and is now only two points behind his rival and championship leader Cedric Soubeyras. 

Ramette has won three championships in a row and knows how to get the job done in this high-octane series where just about anything can happen!  

On Saturday night Ramette did what he had to do once more, getting a good start in second position before eventually making a clean pass on race leader Elliott Banks-Browne and controlling the race from the front.  

We caught up with smooth-riding Frenchman to get his thoughts on a big win that vaulted him right into title contention.  

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A good night for you tonight, a good start, you made the pass for the lead and controlled the race, what are your thoughts on this evening? 

Yeah, I am really happy. I got three out of three wins, it was good to get a good gate for the main events (winning both his heat races) and my superpole lap was good too with second and that gave me an extra point on Cedric who is leading the championship.  

I knew the start would be crucial for the main event, the track is really slippery and it is hard to make a gap. I got a good start behind Elliott and I was running pretty good for the first few laps. Finally, I made a pass and tried to push as hard as I could to make a gap and kept the gap to the chequered flag so it was a good night.  

There is always a lot of carnage in Arenacross, you seem to be able to stay away from it and ride your laps, what is the secret? 

Well the start helped me a lot to start out front. It was really important to get a good start, it is 70% of the race here in Arenacross, and especially here because the track was really slippery with no ruts and it was hard to make the difference. I was really focused on my race I have made too may mistakes so I tried to avoid that and not make too many mistakes and stay on the box, ride smooth and smart.  

You are the defending champion with number one on your bike, do you feel any extra pressure doing that or is last season out of your mind? 

No, I don’t have any pressure, I have three titles already. But of course, me and my team are here to win. It would be really nice to get the fourth title in a row but I don’t have any extra pressure I just take the races, race by race and try win as many races as I can. 

You have done a lot of indoor racing already this winter, but have you any plans to go to America and race some supercross there once this Arenacross series is over? 

Honestly, I don’t know yet. It would be nice to go and race and make some progress when you ride with the best riders in the world but the tracks are obviously really different to what we have here. But we will see with the team, it would be nice to race the two last races but like I said nothing is arranged with the team, so we will just wait and see and I will keep my focus on this championship first.