Kevin Brumann on making the jump up to MX2: I’ll give my best

Clock is ticking, there’s just one week left before the Motocross World Championship starts in Orlyonok, Russia. After the ultra-long break from racing due to the corona pandemic, riders, fans and teams are extremely motivated to get back to the starting gate and just race. The same for the 17-year-old Swiss Yamaha rider Kevin Brumann, who will compete in the stacked MX2 category at the Championship opener nearly the Russian Black Sea. Kevin Brumann rides the Motocross World Championship for the “iXS MXGP Team”, which is supported by the hostettler group Sursee. We asked the young Ehrendinger and his coach, the German world-class racer Max Nagl, about the current standing of preparation and goals for the 2021 season.

“Coach Max challenges us every day,” said “Brumi”, describing a practice day. “We were able to push each other in the practice group, keep the pressure high and increase performance. Physically I’ve gotten a lot better, a lot has changed mentally too, I’ve become more mature. I don’t expect anything in particular when it comes to the races, I want to do my best. And then we’ll see what comes. But I definitely want to reach the points.”

World Championships second and MxoN-Champion Max Nagl can confirm the very good preparation of his protégé.

“In the past few months we have been on the bike three to four times a week, the other days were for strength and endurance training. On the mental side there is still place for improvement, we are working on that. Since February the focus has been more on riding, the final sprint is going on. Kevin always gives 100 percent, that’s one of his strengths. My advice to Kevin is: Don’t tear up trees, just keep calm in the first MX2 year and improve from race to race.”

Responsible for the “iXS MXGP Team” is the experienced Daniel Zollinger from Switzerland, who has already successfully managed the Swiss MXoN team with the top stars Jeremy Seewer and Arnaud Tonus. “We are ready for Russia,” said Zollinger. “The rider is ready and the material is on the way to Orlyonok. The preparation was very good, even if it was not easy to adjust the process again and again to be prepared for the start of the World Championship. What to expect is difficult to define. We have a young rider in his first championship season, a lot is possible for Kevin. I hope and expect that he will consistently race in the points. The focus is of course on learning in the first year.” The team is completed by the swiss newcomer Lenny Geisseler.

Words: iXS MXGP Team