MATTI SEISTOLA – LOOKING TO MAKE 2015 COUNT
Twelve months ago Matti Seistola and CH Racing were facing a brave new world. After seemingly forever with Husqvarna, the team arrived to the opening round of the 2014 EWC series in Spain on Sherco machinery and eager to prove themselves.
Despite having never raced a two-stroke in professional competition prior to round one, Seistola delivered an impressive ride to end day two on the podium in second. But as is with any learning year, Seistola endured a rollercoaster of season.
Four more podium results secured him third in the Enduro 3 championship but some poor rides and a serious injury ultimately prevented him from getting closer to challenge Matt Phillips and Ivan Cervantes.
Now with the opening round of the 2015 EWC just days away in Talca, Chile, Seistola knows it’s time to throw himself into the championship fight…
Now just over one week away from the EWC opener in Chile are you ready for the fight?
Matti Seistola: “I’m looking forward to it. I feel ready. The E3 class is really stacked this year – there’s a lot of fast guys. Obviously as defending champion Matt Phillips will be the main guy to beat but we’ve got Mathias Bellino, Ivan Cervantes, Aigar Leok and many more. It’s going to be a competitive year.”
Last year was a big change for you switching machinery and classes but you still ended it third. What was your take on 2014?
“Last year was pretty much up and down the whole year. I had good days with many podium finishes but on the other hand I had few bad days with poor results. The competition was really high last year and with few mistakes you drop down many positions. Honestly, I was looking for more consistency the whole year. At the end of it all I was really happy with third but I know there’s more to give.”
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What’s it going to take to make that step and challenge Phillips for the title?
“It’s important to be on the podium every race, no matter what the conditions. That’s the key. I want to be consistent every race. I need to do my thing and try to stay away from trouble.”
With a full season on Sherco machinery now under your belt, do you feel in a better place leading into round one?
“Last year was a big one for the team. This year is a little easier. We tested in Italy and France during November and December and made a lot of progress. The guys in the factory have done a great job and we’ve made a lot of steps forward with the bike. I feel comfortable with everything and I’m in a much better place than 12 months ago.”
Finally, what’s your thoughts on returning to Chile and South America for the EWC?
“For sure it’s great to return to Chile. Both times we raced there the event has been really good. Generally there’s always a big crowd on the tests so I’m looking forward to going back there and getting the series started.”