After the season-closing GP in Fermo, Italy, newly crowned MX2 Motocross champion Marvin Musquin spoke to redbull.com about his back-to-back titles and his exciting new year to come in the USA.
What was your best moment of the season?
The US GP and French GP, as I won both motos at those grands prix.
And the worst?
The GP in the Netherlands at Valkenswaard. I crashed in qualification with Ken Roczen and blacked out, so the race on Sunday was difficult – and I lost the Red Plate!
How was the race in Fermo today?
Not great, but the start was good, and the fight with Ken was good. I came second in the first moto, but I crashed in the second moto. I’m disappointed to have a DNF in my last race in Europe.
How was the track?
It was good on Saturday, but today was very slippery. It has really nice jumps, so I like it.
How did you feel when you crossed the line and won the world championship in Lierop?
I was so happy. The track was difficult, but I came third in the first moto and won the title. I saw all the people from KTM close to the track and we all celebrated together. Two titles in two years is great for me.
'If I haven’t won, I’m angry and I can’t relax'
Were you happy with the bike during the season, or were there times when you asked for things to be changed?
I don’t change a lot on my bike, I’m always happy with it. I don’t change the suspension or the engine, for example. In Fermo, I rode with full injection and I was pretty happy with it. This bike is very different from last year’s, though.
How do you relax after a hard day’s riding?
Well, I only relax if I win! If I haven’t won, I’m angry and I can’t relax. But if I do, then I just like to go back to the hotel and have a nice dinner.
Who’s your sporting hero?
I like James Stewart [the AMA Supercross champion].
So, what are your plans for next season?
I’ll be in America, it’s always been my dream to ride there since I was young. I’m signed to KTM for two years – I like Supercross. I like the life in the US, and the weather’s good. I’d like a nice house in Corona in California with a pick-up! I’m going there next week, so we’ll see.
Is anyone going with you?
Yes, my girlfriend is, and my trainer and my mechanic. And my KTM bike is coming with me! I’ll have people I trust around me, but it’ll be a very different life, I’ll make a lot of changes. But I’m confident.
Where will you be and what will you be doing in 10 years’ time?
Er, I don’t know! It depends what happens after my two years in America, maybe I’ll come back to Europe. I don’t know. I think I’ll still like the American life… and I hope I’ll still be racing. Why not?
'Being two-time world champion is great for me and also for KTM'
[Marvin’s KTM team-mate Shaun Simpson takes over the interview]
Who was the first person you wanted to speak to when you won the world championship?
Shaun Simpson! [Laughs].
[redbull.com resumes the questioning]
What’s hot on your iPod?
David Guetta [French House DJ], Black Eyed Peas… I haven’t seen them live, but maybe when I’m in the USA…
For Red Bull Motocross of Nations, what are your expectations for Team France?
I’m really excited to be in America to do Motocross of Nations, but we don’t know 100 per cent about Team France yet as Christophe Pourcel crashed this weekend. I think he’ll be OK to ride on the Red Bull Motocross of Nations, so if it’s Pourcel, [Xavier] Boog and me, it’ll be OK.
Can you win?
Yes, I think so! The French team always come second, but this time we can come first.
Will you miss Europe after this season?
This was a great season for me, I won a lot of GPs. Being two-time world champion is great for me and also for KTM. It’s a great team. Thanks to everybody at Red Bull and KTM.
Marvin Musquin was talking to Birgit Holzinger