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Interview: Thibault Benistant

French star building.

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While Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 star Thibault Benistant surely didn’t expect to find himself 31 points behind Jago Geerts in the title hunt after two rounds, the gifted Frenchman is confident he can truly kick his season into gear at the upcoming stops on the calendar at tracks that will suit him brilliantly.

MX Vice’s James Burfield caught up with the hotshot after the MXGP of Sardegna to get his thoughts on his Riola, his training program, his aims for the campaign and much more in this exclusive interview.

This interview was also released as an MX Vice post-race podcast, presented by Acerbis.

MX Vice: Good weekend in the sand?

Thibault Benistant: Yeah, the weekend in general was not too bad. I had two pretty good motos going fourth and third. Last year, I was struggling a bit with my shoulder in the sand so I took some bad movements, let’s say on the sand technique. But I work on it in training to be more at one with myself and to ride more on the back of the bike to keep up the speeds. But yeah, slowly I start to come again.

In both motos I was feeling quite good. I felt like it took me 15 minutes to get my rhythm, but then I was feeling good. The speed was not too bad and I’m on the box again. The season is long and I will get better and better I hope.

MXV: The one thing for me looking from the outside is that you seem to be a lot stronger this year. Is this down to the work you’re doing with Kenny, do you feel that’s paying off?

TB: Yeah, I think I have become quite good physically. I’m working with Kenny on the bike, who does a good job. And also with my trainer on the bike. So with both I have a really good combo because they both can ride at a good level and they still ride the bike sometimes. So they still knew how to ride, let’s say in the new way of riding, so I have a good program.

MXV: Are you happy with how the season is going so far? Is it in line with your expectations?

TB: Yeah, actually it’s okay. I was going to Argentina with the aim to be on the podium. Here, I knew that it wasn’t going to be not easy in the sand because I didn’t train that much in the sand for the moment. I just started to feel good on it. So yeah, I think a podium for here is okay. And now some hardpack is coming and I feel better on it.

MXV: Obviously the competition is fierce in MX2 this year, especially the top five, there’s not much separating you guys. There’s going to be a lot of battles throughout the year. How do you think you’re going to separate yourself from the others?

TB: Yeah, clearly the season is going to be tough. Us five riders are quite close. I think I will play it consistent and try and always be on the podium. Of course, I want to take some wins too because if you don’t take wins you don’t take enough points.

MXV: Do you think it’s going to be a case of getting that win and then the pieces will fall into place?

TB: Yeah, of course. I think when you win everything comes more easy. You take confidence and when you have it not so much can stop you. So I wait for it.

MXV: Looking a little bit further ahead to Switzerland. Is that a track you’ve ridden before?

TB: Yeah, I’ve ridden there, I think one or two times with the 125. The track is cool. The ground is nice. It’s full of lines and nice jumps. I actually like this type of track.

MXV: So you think it will suit your style way better?

TB: Yeah, it fits more to myself. I should find it easier and I won’t have to push so much. I look forward to it.

MXV: The track today seemed a little bit more brutal than it’s been previously here?

TB: Yeah, I’ll tell you the truck was not easy today. I thought it wasn’t going to be that bumpy because it was quite hard underneath.

MXV: In the back section, I was watching you sort of come into the corners and really trying to flow and trying to double the bumps because the bumps were literally starting to become whoops in some sections.

TB: Yeah, the berms were quite steep and deep also. So yeah, if you could find the flow, and you’re right to jump, then you feel way better. So this is why at the beginning of the moto, I didn’t arrive to ride that fast, because I didn’t have the time yet with the bumps to jump in. And when I got used to the berms, and I knew which one is where, then I started to flow.

MXV: I guess it’s important after the first two GPs that you have some nice points in the bag and you’re healthy. So that’s a good start to the year?

TB: Yeah, it’s not too bad.

MXV: Thanks for your time and all the best.

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