Printed on 26 December 2022
Miro Sihvonen has introduced that he can be heading to America for the 2023 season and racing chosen AMA Nationwide occasions on a personal KTM setup. Sihvonen has loads of expertise racing in Europe whether or not or not it’s the EMX championships and even in MXGP the previous few years however accidents have been an issue.
For 2023, he has determined to do one thing troublesome and race in America to see what he can do over that facet of the world.
We caught up with Sihvonen to get his ideas on 2023.
On the choice behind heading to America for 2023 to race chosen AMA Nationwide occasions…
I didn’t wanna make a giant deal out of it however final yr I came upon some exhausting truths of the MXGP and I began to suppose what’s the purpose…? Speaking about incomes potentialities. I talked with some riders who’ve had fairly good success and I assumed they might have it method higher. Additionally bought some perception to different riders and what they earn or how they earn.
Certain I assumed already very long time in the past using a sequence like ADAC MX Masters and perhaps dwelling off of that, however that doesn’t actually set any flames in my eyes. Particularly throughout final season after I was coping with all these concussions and I used to be very depressed for a couple of months on the finish of the season. (Having a concussion reduces the manufacturing of ”really feel good hormones” within the mind”) in order that was powerful.
It simply sort of clicked in my thoughts after we went to redbud for the MXoN. I simply loved a lot and truly at first my thought was to go and check out do the GNCC sequence. I bought an excellent alternative to strive one race after the MXoN on a manufacturing facility husky. However I did have a tough time within the race as a result of I harm my thumb earlier than it. All in all I simply didn’t get pleasure from it sufficient however using motocross over there was like a dream.
On what his setup can be like in America and what number of rounds he hopes to do…
I’ll go absolutely personal over there and experience a KTM. I’ll need to do round 7-10 rounds of the AMA Nationwide sequence relying on the way it’s all going to settle and what I determine throughout the season.
On his expectations…
I’d prefer to experience ok to doubtlessly earn some sort of a experience maybe. However I additionally need to add that I actually simply need to get pleasure from doing this after a very long time and keep wholesome which is vital for having enjoyable and in my case success too. I began to really feel like I’m doing the entire thing for the mistaken causes in the long run of final season and I wasn’t completely satisfied. However then I bought again on the bike once more and it made it clear to me that I simply need to experience and have enjoyable doing it. Even with this yr’s well being issues it feels wonderful that I didn’t should heal up from a surgical procedure this yr. It’s the first time in like 5 years. So, I really feel actually good and match and received’t be having to begin from 0 this time.
Interview: Andy McKinstry