Printed on 1 January 2023
It’s just lately been introduced that younger Swiss expertise, Mike Gwerder will step up from the EMX250 class and race the MX2 World Championship (European rounds) in 2023 with the WZ KTM group. It’s a group that Gwerder is accustomed to and regardless that outcomes weren’t as anticipated in 2022 they’ve caught with him to make the soar as much as MX2.
Gwerder hopes to observe within the footsteps of fellow nation males, Jeremy Seewer, Valentin Guillod and Arnaud Tonus in changing into prime MXGP riders.
We caught up with Gwerder to debate his plans for the 2023 season.
GateDrop: The information is lastly official that you’ll race the MX2 World Championship in 2023 – you have to be over the moon to get the possibility to race the World Championship?
Gwerder: I’ve no phrases wanted for that. I‘m so blissful to get an opportunity like that after such a troublesome 12 months… I‘m actually grateful to everybody who made this occur.
GateDrop: On the 2022 season you needed to cope with a couple of accidents and had a lot dangerous luck, if there was a primary nook crash you appeared to all the time concerned so it was issues out of your management. How irritating was the 2022 season?
Gwerder: Not a lot to say about 2022, like I discussed earlier than it was one in every of my hardest years. A variety of dangerous luck with accidents and such as you stated my luck was some other place, I used to be concerned lots in crashes originally of the races… I‘m actually disenchanted about that as a result of I feel everyone knows there may have been much more for me.
GateDrop: You have to be very grateful to the WZ KTM group to provide the probability to race the 2023 season after an unfortunate 2022 season?
Gwerder: Sure I cannot thank the WZ, KTM, KTM Switzerland and a few good friend‘s sufficient which have been within the background. I’ll work my ass off to be my finest model of myself.
GateDrop: Heading into the 2023 season, will you modify something going into the season or will it’s much like the previous?
Gwerder: It won’t change a lot the construction and the whole lot keep the identical. The completely different factor is to begin within the MX2 and can begin the season with a distinct mindset. Ken de Dycker has joined the WZ KTM group as a coach so I’m trying ahead to working with him.
GateDrop: You’ll have Oriol Oliver as a group mate, placing within the laps with him, do you suppose that may enable you to arrange for the season?
Gwerder: For positive it can assist, I feel additionally for him. Now we have fairly related pace I’d and like that we will push one another lots.
GateDrop: Simply on the MX2 World Championship in 2023, what’s your targets/expectations for the season forward?
Gwerder: My purpose is to experience that good that I get some eyes on me on the finish of the season to proceed my profession. As soon as once more thanks a lot to everybody who stand by my facet and assist to observe my goals.
Interview: Andy McKinstry
Primary Picture: Niek Kamper