01 November 2011

by Laren van der Westhuizen

MXSA: Give us a brief wrap up of your national season. How does it feel to be MX2 champion?
My season started off a little slow but from the half way point things kind of turned around and I found some missing speed I think i didn't have at the first and second round. It feels really good to be the champion, its something we all work on and want to be so its a great but next year will be the year to watch MX2 I think.

MXSA: What do you think of going back to 4 strokes in the MX2 class?
KF: I think its awesome, its how it should have been for the past 2-3 years. The racing is going to be insane in the MX2 class next year I think. We will all be on 4 strokes, so I can't wait.

MXSA: What are your plans for the rest of the season?
KF: We have 2 regional's left I think and then we got the Cape Town Bike Festival in December, I know every single guy racing it cant wait. So if you not doing anything Cape Town is the place to be in December from the 16th-18th at the Cape Town Stadium.

MXSA: Have you secured a ride for 2012 yet?
KF: Not yet, but things will be sorted out soon so I am really looking forward to 2012 though.

MXSA: What are your goals for 2012?
KF: I am sure I will be racing both classes so it would be awesome to win a MX1 championship. It will be tough cause we all know how good the 450 class is right now. I will be back on a 450 but no matter what it will be a tough year.

19 August 2011

by Laren van der Westhuizen

MXSA: You have always been fast and have won championships, bt you have really turned up your game the 2nd half of the season. How have you done this?
KFG: I haven't really done anything different, just been working on some stuff that I thought I needed to do to win some races.

MXSA: What has been your favourite track so far this year?
I liked most tracks this year, PE and Bloem were fun but Cape Town was the most fun track to ride for me.

MXSA: What has been the most fun race this year?
I have had a few fun races with Michael Kok but our last regional at Zeemans was a lot of fun, there were 3 or 4 of us going at it the whole race. I didn't win but it was a fun race.

MXSA: You are leading the championship in the MX2 class by a few points. What is the plan for the final round?
I'm only leading by 5 points so it's really close. Racing is always tight at Bronco, everyone goes fast there. There's going to be battles going on everywhere all day and I know Rich and I will find each other somewhere and go at it, ha ha.

MXSA: Are you nervous for the final round, and have you stepped up the training?
No, I don't think the nerves will be an issue, I have been racing for a long time so I have kinda learnt how to deal with them. I won't be changing to much, things have been going well and we will just have to wait and see what the national brings.

MXSA: How have your bike been this year?
The KTM's have been awesome, we started off a little slow but Franziska, Greg and Brian from KTM made sure we got what we needed and things all started coming together.

MXSA: Any hint of what you might be doing next year?
I am not 100% sure but I'll be racing ha ha.

MXSA: How much longer will we see Kerim Fitzgerald racing?
Hopefully a long time still, I have been fortunate through all my years of racing and I haven't had to many bad injuries so my body still feels young if I can say that,I don't hurt when I wake up so hopefully still a long time.

MXSA: Any last wishes for you in the sport of MX?
I wish the riders had a voice here and people listened to what we said sometimes instead of people making decisions that suit them!!!

Also I want to say a BIG THANKYOU to all the people and awesome sponsors that have helped me this year and stuck by me. Red Bull, KTM, Oakley, THOR, Airoh Helmets, Gaerne, Motorex oils, Pirelli, Pro Carbon, KD Tube and Wire, Ernest Web, TRP. Also to my parents who are always behind me 110%, my brother Darrel, Uncle Rods, Sven Voigt for being the mechanic and to my BIGGEST fan Chloe V, THANK YOU all!!

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