Interview: Lucas Coenen Half 1

Having gained seven of the final eight motos in EMX250 on his method to ending second within the championship, Lucas Coenen’s keen to hold this momentum into 2023, the place he’s made the step as much as MX2 with the Nestaan Husqvarna Manufacturing unit crew.

Phrases: Edward Stratmann | Lead Picture: Husqvarna

Unquestionably some of the thrilling skills within the paddock, Lucas, alongside his equally thrilling twin brother, Sacha, who rides for Crimson Bull KTM, might be trying to make waves in MX2, in what looms as an enormous marketing campaign forward.

Half 1 of our chat with Lucas Coenen shines the highlight on his depraved win in Spain on the weekend, how his preseason coaching goes, his goals for 2023 and his mature method to racing.

Edward Stratmann: I simply needed to firstly say congratulations on the weekend, you rode brilliantly. You had a reasonably excellent weekend that began nicely within the qualifying race with second. You then clearly went 1-1 on Sunday and had been the perfect rider on observe. So how was it out of your perspective? I heard you saying you discovered the observe technically and bodily demanding.

Lucas Coenen: Yeah, it was not a nasty weekend. I obtained some good begins and had an excellent timed observe, as usually I’m not good at timed observe, however that was a lot better. We skilled rather a lot in preseason within the winter for this. So yeah, that was not unhealthy to be P1.

Within the qualifying race I used to be second at first. After which I made a small mistake as a result of I had arm pump. Then I used to be again in fourth and my Brother and Kay crashed. I got here again to the chief, nevertheless it was solely a 15 minute race so it was troublesome to return again to P1 so P2 was okay.

Then on Sunday in free observe, I used to be P1 once more. And within the first moto, I began second and instantly handed my Brother and I simply had an excellent race. And the second moto was nearly the identical. I simply waited one lap, after which handed Sacha, after which managed the race completely. So yeah, two good motos. First preseason with Nestaan and profitable was not a nasty method to start the 12 months.

ES: Completely, your weekend was very spectacular. Clearly, you’d be fairly glad to beat your Brother, de Wolf and Nilsson, who was using rather well too?

LC: Yeah, it’s good to beat him as a result of in coaching he’s additionally actually quick. Yeah, it’s simply good to be again racing because it’s been a very long time. And it was additionally enjoyable to journey with Kay.

ES: This was actually an excellent step in your preseason. How’s the coaching been going along with your Dad and Joel Smets?

LC: Yeah, we’ve been coaching rather a lot with our Dad since two years in the past. And Joel Smets is usually there to assist us as a result of, after we go abroad, we don’t know what to do as a result of my Dad by no means did. He’s going to assist us be taught rather a lot. However we primarily prepare rather a lot with our Dad and he speaks with Joel when he’s there typically. However our Dad trains us essentially the most.

ES: Cool. That’s good to listen to, appears like your Dad’s program is working nicely. How’s the whole lot been going with the brand new crew and are you pleased with the bike?

LC: Yeah, for certain. Now it’s getting into an excellent course and to start with was good as nicely. However now we’re getting higher and higher, particularly with the engine and another elements. Testing went nicely final week in Spain. I additionally went to the 52 suspension, and now I’m feeling actually good on it. And yeah, simply ready to go racing and to see the way it’s going to go in MX2.

ES: What number of extra preseason races are you going to do earlier than the season begins?

LC: Usually, we’ll race like three. Subsequent week we’ll go to race Ponte a Egola in Italy after which we usually make Arco. And perhaps we’ll do Lacapelle too.

ES: Clearly you’ve accomplished nicely in EMX125 and EMX250 the final two years. Final 12 months in EMX250, after a slowish begin, the run you went on following your 1-1 at Lommel, the place you even gained the second moto by 37 seconds, was unbelievable. You gained seven of the final eight motos and three of the final 4 overalls so simply discuss us by means of how that superior finish of the season was and what the catalyst for it was?

LC: Firstly, to start with, it was a bit completely different as a result of while you come to EMX250 while you’re from the skin, they’re actually aggressive and issues like that. The start you’re simply discovering the place you slot in. However then we made an excellent consequence within the second spherical. After which we had some technical issues, however that can also occur.

And yeah, after Lommel, I made a decision that I can preserve going 1-1. After which I stated, “yeah, let’s preserve it rolling”. After which I gained nearly each one, besides in Sweden, the place we had a technical situation, which was a bit unfortunate. However yeah, the remainder was excellent.

ES: Looking forward to this 12 months, what would you say your goals are? I’d think about you’ll be wanting to begin prime 10 and get into the highest 5 rapidly.

LC: Firstly, going into Argentina, I don’t wish to say too quick what place I’m going to be. For now, we’ll simply carry on coaching. We even have skilled a bit with Jeffrey Herlings and he teaches us some issues. However I believe we’re on an excellent path. Simply wish to keep on two wheels and preserve it enjoyable. After which the outcomes will come like on the finish of final season.

ES: That’s a wise method to have. You appear to be you’re very mature, disciplined and centered contemplating you’re solely 16. The place do you get that from?

LC: I discovered rather a lot two years in the past after we moved to the South of France. I lived with my Dad and my Brother. I discovered rather a lot to do issues for myself and in two years I progressed rather a lot. And in addition with shifting to EMX125, EMX250 and now MX2 in a manufacturing facility crew, you need to do it proper. It’s a must to be severe if you wish to obtain one thing.

ES: It’s an excellent angle for certain. What would you say are the kind of the attributes that make you such an excellent racer by way of psychological, bodily and technical?

LC: Technical for certain. Additionally I handle to make some clever passes and have a look at the traces. Bodily additionally (I’m good). I’m fairly technical, I don’t take the danger to go on the restrict to nearly crash. I’m extra like “if I get second, it’s adequate”. I’d relatively not crash and get P30.

ES: Yeah, your Brother positively appears to be extra aggressive than you and kind of all motion would you say?

LC: Yeah, while you ask him typically about his goals, he all the time simply needs to win.

Keep tuned for Half 2 of our interview, which might be launched quickly.

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