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Thomas Covington Interview
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider Thomas Covington has made good inroads into the MX2 top ten after his brilliant win in Leon, Mexico a couple of weeks ago, and he followed that up with a solid performance in Italy last weekend, scoring fifth place overall.
Now eighth in the series points the American rider will try and be consistent in the sand of Valkenswaard, Holland and Kegums, Latvia, before the series heads back to his favoured hard pack track in Teutschenthal, Germany.
Q: What about last weekend, how did that feel?
Covington: It was a good GP for us. We had some ups and downs but we showed the speed is there. I had a bad start in the opening moto and then it was really hard work to come through the pack. I made some good passes but as I was battling to get inside the top six I went over the bars so had to settle for 11th. Then in moto two my start was much better. I was fourth for most of the race but I felt really good and pushed hard for third. Overall, I’m really happy with my riding in Italy. The goal is to minimise mistakes so that we can consistently fight for the top three in each of the coming GPs.
Q: You won Mexico, how did it feel?
Covington: It was great. I think I always do well at Mexico, and it isn’t anything to do with the track, but I seem to do well that I spend some time at home before that round, I spend time with family, they are always in Mexico and it gives me a better feeling.
Q: How did you feel about the track conditions in Mexico?
Covington: The track and conditions, it was super wet on Saturday, but Sunday it was a lot better. They fixed a lot of the jumps. I am trying to get the same feeling in Europe. In Trentino I was fastest in timed practice, so I am getting there.
Q: You are looking faster, is that confidence or your bike?
Covington: I think another part is we have the bike really dialled in right now and the suspension is working perfect and really happy with the bike. I think we will keep it going and we have some sand races coming up and I will try and be top five in those.
Q: Onto Holland this week. Do you look forward to that?
Covington: Sand races are not my favourite races and the Dutch and Belgian guys grew up on it. I have some tracks back home that are sand, but nothing like the sand tracks in Europe.
Q: It was announced recently that the MXGP of US is going to Gaterback. That is a track you must have raced a lot of a junior?
Covington: I am looking forward to the Monster Energy MXGP of US. I know that track well, having spent a lot of weekends racing there, so I am pumped we go there. I only heard the week before Mexico that they have built a new track there, but I know when they had a GP track, it was always cool. It’s always good to have a home GP, always good to get home and talk to fans I speak the same language and maybe some of my family will drive down from Alabama.
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