Following the Qualifying Race Press Conferences that took place here in Assen yesterday, Team Belgium’s Manager, Joel Smets, officially presented t
Lancelot to take on Thailand
In a sport dominated by males, Livia Lancelot is an unsung hero, or should I say heroine? This French wonder lady is not only one of the best female motocross riders in the world, she also stacks up against the males and will be out to prove it this weekend in Si Racha, Thailand, for the second round of the FIM Motocross MX2 World Championship.
So, news just broke you will be lining up in Thailand next weekend for the FIM MX2 World Championship?
“Yeah, last year Youthstream came to me with this idea that I should race in Qatar and Thailand. Of course, I said yes right away, it is a great opportunity for me and also for my sponsors. But also, I like to ride against the boys. I do it every year in the French Championship and also in the Le Touquet.”
Tell me about your experience in Si Racha (Thailand) last year…
“Yeah, I loved the track there; it was so cool, at least before it rained. After the rain, the track became really muddy and then I was struggling with the lines. So because I was not riding so well in the pre-qualifying I didn’t make the main race because of the 108% rule. I was still really happy to be there.”
Do you think the difference in strength between girls and guys is really obvious when racing MX2?
“Yes, of course. You know, girls are little bit more smooth than the boys and we try not to fight the bike so much. In the pre-qualifying last year, Jeffrey Herlings passed me on the straight before the big tabletop. It was so muddy there his bike was going sideways, like I could see both his number plates on the sides of his bike. I just thought to myself, woah, I can’t ride like that, if I tried and the bike went left and right like that, then for sure I wouldn’t be on the bike anymore.”
What are your goals or motivation for this race?
“You know, it’s a little bit hard to have goals in this race. But I guess I will just try not to be last (laughs). Otherwise, I will just try to ride my own race, not do anything crazy because this is not my class. I just want to go there to show to Thailand that girls can ride motocross too and for me, it’s really good practice.”
And you are back for your first full season since 2008 in the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship, what are your goals?
“Basically I want to have the red plate at the end.”
Okay, Thanks Livia, good luck!
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