Vastly gifted, loving the brand new bike and prepared for a large 2023, our unique interview with Nathan Crawford is packed full of wonderful perception.
Phrases: Edward Stratmann | Lead Picture: KTM
Half certainly one of our chat shines the highlight on subjects comparable to his preparations for the brand new season, his ideas on final season, his plans for 2023, how joyful he’s with the group and his takeaways from his time in MX2 with 114 Motorsports.
Edward Stratmann: How’s life and the way’s the preseason coaching going for you to this point?
Nathan Crawford: So I’ve actually solely simply correctly began preseason now as supercross completed in November so we’ve actually solely had round 4 weeks off. I didn’t take 4 weeks off utterly, I nonetheless did a little bit little bit of biking and stuff like that. I rode the bike casually two or thrice for a little bit of enjoyable too to maintain myself sane. However I didn’t do any strong laborious coaching or something, there have been no huge days on the bike or something like that over December in any respect.
Actually this system I’ve simply began was on Monday this week so I’m a couple of days in and the workload has picked up massively. We’re straight again into it. It’s been fairly good although.
Ending final yr wholesome and stuff like that (after recovering from a damaged femur), it was good to let my physique get well and now I really feel refreshed and able to go.
ES: You will need to really feel like you’ve got some high quality momentum following such a robust finish to the season after getting back from damage. You’d be feeling assured and motivated for an enormous 2023, particularly after you rode so nicely within the final three rounds at Coffs Harbour, QMP and Coolum, the place you regarded so clean and calculated?
NC: Yeah, such as you mentioned, the final three rounds of motocross have been actually good. This was actually good for me mentally getting back from an enormous damage and to be straight again on the prime successful was nice. Clearly that was wholesome for my thoughts and all that.
I then had a reasonably profitable supercross marketing campaign straight after that as nicely, which led into December so I had a extremely robust finish to the yr contemplating my damage. This could now set me up for a strong yr in 2023.
ES: I’d assume the purpose is to win titles in 2023, you definitely have the velocity and abilities to take action outside and in supercross?
NC: Yearly we begin racing, my aim is to win the title each single time. Clearly some issues are out of my management and I’ve to be damage free to be in it and at each race to realize that aim. I do know that my velocity, my means and my health is nicely and really ok to win a title. I believe I simply have to begin specializing in the smaller issues within the background with my method and never essentially simply going on the market and simply pounding motos and burning my physique out for 11 months of the yr. I simply wish to ensure that I’m as nicely ready as attainable.
I believe for me it’s simply eliminating any errors. Whether or not that be on the race or on the observe monitor. With our sport being very dangerous, I’m making an attempt to eradicate any pointless dangers that I must take. Clearly you possibly can’t utterly take the chance out, however I believe there’s going to be instances all year long the place I can eradicate the chance. I simply assume being in it the entire yr and being damage free will certainly construct as much as me being within the title hunt.
ES: How has the difference to the brand new bike been for you, have you ever had any points or has it been a clean course of?
NC: There’s positively issues on this new bike that I like drastically greater than on the previous bike. Clearly the previous bike was nonetheless an awesome bike as nicely. However sure riders like sure issues, and there’s positively a distinction on the brand new bike, and I believe I positively choose the brand new bike.
Now, we’re simply at some extent the place I’ve solely raced supercross on this bike so it’s now about creating the bike for motocross now and dealing on an engine package deal and getting my suspension dialled and all that form of stuff.
So far as out of the crate goes, I positively assume the brand new bike has higher traits and fits my liking greater than the older bike did. That’s a constructive immediately and clearly the group and I are working actually laborious already to be as greatest ready as attainable come March fifth.
ES: How have you ever discovered the group since becoming a member of? What’s impressed you most and the way have you ever settled? Working with Kirk Gibbs should be an awesome studying expertise too.
NC: Clearly I’ve ridden for lots of groups now. I believe KTM and this group I’m on now, in my eyes, and it’s not a biased reply, might be the most effective group I’ve ever ridden for so far as the vibe within the group goes, the best way you’re handled and simply every part. They’re a really skilled group of individuals and for the place I’m at in my profession, I couldn’t ask for a greater bunch of individuals to be round. It’s been nice. And having Gibbsy on the group, who’s been round for a very long time as nicely and has heaps of information to go on has helped too.
Now we even have a youthful rider in our group, Kayden Minear, which goes to deliver some character into the group as nicely. So I believe it’s going to be a superb yr with the group that now we have and we’re going to have lots of enjoyable.
ES: Emotions in your time in MX2 at Staff Honda 114 Motorsports? What have been your key takeaways from that have with a group that has a historical past of Aussies, you had some good outcomes however bike points, accidents and Covid impacted your spell despite the fact that it will have been a beautiful studying expertise?
NC: It’s simply the expertise, it’s an expertise you possibly can’t recover from right here (in Australia) to race towards arguably among the greatest motocross racers on the earth. That have and data you possibly can’t replicate whenever you’re in Australia, that you must expertise it your self to know what it’s all about. I bought to do this and that was nice.
For me, I went over there and simply soaked all of it up and took in every part I may. Whereas some individuals see it otherwise, I positively assume I’ve bought extra expertise after doing that than 99% of my opponents I’ll race towards this yr in Australia. Being on the world stage, it’s an expertise you simply can’t recover from right here.
It was an eye-opening expertise. Elements of it have been a shock to the system. On the similar time I really feel like every part occurs for a purpose. Covid had its impacts, however I really feel like if I used to be on a extremely, actually good bike I may’ve carried out higher.
Clearly there’s a distinction between manufacturing unit bikes and never fairly manufacturing unit bikes whenever you go to that degree of racing. However for what I had I really feel like I had some actually good moments as nicely. However yeah total it was only a good expertise.
Keep tuned for half two, which can be popping out quickly.