INTERVIEW: MARCUS PHELPS
22 May 2013
By Laren van der Westhuizen
MX SA: You have established yourself
firmly now as one of SA's hopefuls to fill the shoes left by Tyla
Rattray and Grant Langston. What makes you such a talent?
MP: It's not really talent its more self-belief, and
if you believe in yourself the results will follow.
MX SA: When did you know that you were
going to be a top rider?
MP: In the 50cc Pro class I started to get the occasional
podium finish. Once you get a taste of the podium then you want
more and more.
MX SA: You raced overseas in 2012 and
did really well. You are planning to go again this year, what races
are you planning to do?
MP: The first event is a Rebdull event in England, the
second is one of the Dutch National rounds, and the third is an
event called Masterkids in France.
MX SA: Why did you choose these races?
MP: My father chose the Redbull event because we want
to see how I compare to the riders I raced against last year to
make sure their level is not increasing faster than mine, Then we
chose a leg of the Dutch national series because I want to ride
against some of the best sand riders in the world, and Masterkids
because then I get the chance to ride against other Riders from
all over Europe.
MX SA: How are you expecting to do
at these races?
MP: I want to come home with three podium finishes, I
will be racing on three new tracks so let's see what happens.
MX SA: Who will be helping you over
MP: My sponsor Intertherm will be funding the majority
of the trip and I have been saving my pocket money for the trip
MX SA: If you do well, then what? Full
MP: I'm still a bit young so maybe in 2015, but you never
know what might happen.
MX SA: Tell us about your family and
how they have helped get you where you are.
MP: We are a Motocross family 100%. My parents really
support myself and my other two brothers, Nicholas and Sebastian.
We all pull together and work on raceday to achieve good results.
MX SA: Is racing in Europe a far off
dream for most people, or do you think anyone can go?
MP: Anyone can do it. SA riders are very talented and
well respected in Europe and SA has proven itself time and time
again over the years.
MX SA: How are you preparing for your
MP: At the moment I am just doing my regular amount of
training and riding but from next week I will increase the training
MX SA: What are your goals in SA for
the rest of 2013?
MP: Win the SA national series and the Gauteng regional
series, and have no injuries.
MX SA: Do you have a facebook page
or twitter that people can follow whilst you racing overseas?
MP: Yes, My website is marcusphelps.co
and I am on twitter @MarcusPhelpsMX.
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