GIACOMO REDONDI – FIGHTING FORWARD
The SuperEnduro World Championship is back in action for round two in Reisa, Germany on Saturday and Giacomo Redondi is of those looking to build on their round one performance.
Fresh into the Prestige class as the current Junior SuperEnduro World Champion, it’s fair to say the Italian’s night didn’t go quite to plan in Poland.
Bad starts and numerous mistakes often left him playing catch up. But showing that he has the speed to mix it with the very best indoors – qualifying for SuperPole was proof of that – the Beta rider is determined to turn his fortunes around this weekend…
Round two of SuperEnduro is just around the corner, what have you learned from round one in Poland to bring into Germany?
“Poland was a huge learning experience. Honestly it didn’t go as well as I expected but I’m viewing that was a good thing – I’ve room to improve. I made too many mistakes during the first two heats. But I was able to get back on track in the third heat and improve my position. Also, I’m pretty happy to have made it into Super Pole. That was a very big confidence boost for me. I know that if I can eliminate my mistakes then things can only get better in Germany.”
As the current Junior World Champion how are you finding the step up into the Prestige class?
“The Prestige is a lot different – the level is much higher. Everybody is racing very hard – it’s much more competitive so getting a good start is essential. The level of talent is not as deep in Junior class and you start to lap riders on the second lap. That makes it difficult to race with other riders as you need to be careful about getting blocked or stuck by slower riders.”
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This is now your second season with Beta, how are you finding it?
“It’s my second season with Beta but Poland was my first time riding the 300 RR. It was a nice change and already I prefer it to my previous bike. With some more testing I can perform better in the race.”
How did you prepare during the offseason?
“I received my Beta 300 RR a few weeks before the opening round so I spent as much time as possible on it to prepare for round one. I also spent a lot of time in the gym to improve my fitness and just get ready for the tough SuperEnduro battles. I also went to the US to race in the last two rounds of Endurocross series where I also spent three weeks training with Cody Webb – it worked out well.”
What’s the relationship like with your new teammate Kyle Redmond?
“It’s really good – I’ve known Kyle since last season. After the Grand Prix of Mexico he invited me to his home in California for a week. I also helped him in Poland this year because his flight was diverted from Gdansk to Warsaw so I went to Warsaw and drove him to Gdansk on Friday. He’s become a very good friend.”
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What are you enjoying most about SuperEnduro?
“SuperEnduro feels like Supercross. I love racing in front of the public. You can hear the crowd screaming and encouraging everyone. I also like battling with other riders. This doesn’t happen in traditional Enduro. It’s fun to bang bars.”
Finally, what do you need to work on to break inside the top 10 or even top 5 before the end of the season?
“More consistency! My speed is good I just need to stop making so many mistakes. When I got it altogether in heat three in Poland I scored my best result of the night. If I can learn from this and avoid mistakes then I know it’s possible!”
Round two of the Maxxis FIM SuperEnduro World Championship takes place in Riesa, Germany on Saturday January 3rd 2015.