Mikkel Haarup: The long-term goal is to challenge for an MX2 World title

We recently caught up with Mikkel Haarup who was a guest on our GateDropPod and he revealed his short-term and long-term goals. The Dane clearly has lots of talent but it’s been a few difficult years due to injury so the F&H Kawasaki rider is hoping for an injury free season with some good results along the way. 

“For this season I am just going to try and continue to do what I am doing and build on that. I want to gain as much experience in the class as possible because I want to do the full season without too many big mistakes. That is my main goal and I would be very happy if I can accomplish that, it’s a big accomplishment because it’s difficult to do”.

“We see many riders making big mistakes once in a while, so if I can make it through the season I would be very happy. It would be a good season with some good races and something to build on. This is something I’ve been missing the past couple of seasons”, Haarup stated.  

However, when it comes to the long-term goals, the 19-year-old wants to challenge for MX2 World Championship glory. It feels like Haarup has been around for a while but he still has three years left in the class and believes he can win the title in the future. 

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“With all these things, I I have the goal of becoming a World Champion, no doubt about it. I am not here to finish second or third but there’s a few steps you have to take before getting to that point and this is one of them. In the future, I have my goals set on the world championship in the MX2 class and that’s for sure.  I still have three years left in the class so I believe in it”. 

It remains to be seen what Haarup will do for the 2021 season – he did confirm to us nothing is signed yet and we believe it’s unlikely he’ll be staying with the F&H Racing team so we will have to wait and see where he heads for next year – until then he’ll be focused on having good results this year. 

“I haven’t signed anything for next year yet but let’s see. I don’t feel the pressure though, I am happy where I am at and I don’t have anything to prove. I think I have a lot of opportunities when it comes to rides for next year but I’ll do the same thing I’ve been doing so far this season and won’t put any pressure on myself. I am happy with how it’s going and I will try to work from here”, added Haarup. 

Get the full interview with one of MX2’s bright young stars below or on iTunes here.

Article: Andy McKinstry

Pic: F&H Racing team