Revealed on 6 April 2023
The WMX collection kicked off at Riola lower than a fortnight in the past and what a begin to the season it was for Daniela Guillen. The primary moto she saved Lotte van Drunen sincere for half of the however impressed ending second. Within the second moto she dominated taking a formidable general win on the opening spherical.
Guillen turned the primary Spaniard to win a spherical of the WMX collection so historical past was made and now she can be attempting to maintain the purple plate and championship lead.
We caught up with Guillen to debate her spectacular begin and extra.
GateDrop: We’ve simply had the primary WMX race of the yr… what a efficiency for you! Has it sunk in but that you just received the opening spherical?
Guillen: I nonetheless can’t imagine I’m holding the provisional purple plate. I didn’t imagine it once I completed the race, and I nonetheless can’t imagine it now that I’m again in Madrid to proceed with the coaching to maintain up the extent.
GateDrop: Coming into the season, I’m certain you anticipated to win or a minimum of problem for wins in laborious pack… however to try this in Riola a gnarly sand monitor! Did you actually anticipate that? How would you describe the monitor? Very powerful for the perfect MXGP riders on this planet by no means thoughts WMX!
Guillen: I didn’t anticipate to win however I did really feel I might do a podium as a result of I’ve been coaching within the sand for the final one month and a half. The monitor was very technical however I nonetheless had enjoyable on the bike. Regardless that I didn’t develop up coaching in sand tracks, I get pleasure from using in them.
GateDrop: Within the first moto you saved with Lotte for half the race, that should have felt good. What did it really feel like battling along with her and also you have to be impressed along with her within the sand?
Guillen: Sure, she’s very quick. We’re two younger riders with a lot of prospects within the sport. It’s good to be battling with a rider round your age and on the identical skilled degree.
GateDrop: The second moto was a dream for you, a cushty victory – what was going by means of your thoughts by means of the race after which as you completed and knew you received the GP? The primary Spaniard to win a WMX general!
Guillen: Through the race, I used to be centered on my using and on not making errors to maintain up with the race rhythm. After I completed the race I felt all of the work I put in, particularly, throughout the pre-season, had been value it.
GateDrop: I additionally noticed that you just acquired an image with Prado within the media centre on the day that he received – a big day for Spanish MX and a day you’ll keep in mind eternally!
Guillen: Sure, Certainly. The MXGP season couldn’t begin in a greater approach for the Spanish MX and its followers.
GateDrop: Coming into the season what had been your expectations for this yr? Have they modified now you received the opening spherical?
Guillen: The expectations have been the identical ever since I knew I used to be gonna be using the WMX. I’ve to say that every yr the expectations have been adjusted to method the ultimate objective: successful the WMX Championship and being the primary Spaniard woman to be World Champion. We had been working laborious for the final two years, and that is the extent we wish to carry on to be between the first-world girls riders. I wish to give a particular due to GASGAS, and the RFME for the assist and the belief they’ve put in me. Additionally to the WMX LastLap Group that accompanies me and works laborious to make all of this potential and that helps put all of the items collectively to be the longer term World Champion.
GateDrop: Simply on the WMX class, I really feel like this yr the collection may be very sturdy and deep – possibly the deepest it’s ever been. How would you describe the category?
Guillen: The category this yr is at its highest degree, and that makes it even tougher to be within the firsts positions. The category is rising and this is excellent for all of us. All of us might see on the Sardinia’s GP that 38 girls riders had been listed, whereas within the MXGP and MX2 classes, solely 23 and 21 males riders had been listed, respectively.
GateDrop: Switzerland is subsequent, a brand new monitor for everyone… how are you feeling within the laborious pack in the meanwhile?
Guillen: I be ok with having a brand new monitor within the WMX race checklist, and much more if we’re speaking laborious pack. I shall do my finest and I’m coaching laborious to maintain up the identical path we’ve kicked off the 2023 season.
Interview: Andy McKinstry