Interview: Marcus Phelps
10 February 2014
Published with Permission
Submitted by Laren van der Westhuizen.
MX SA: Tell us how the UK winter is?
MP: The winter in the UK is terrible, it rains every
day and this means we cannot practice through the week because
the tracks are closed because they are too wet to ride.
MX SA: How big is the UK arenacross?
MP: The Arenacross track is the same size as the Supercross
track at Smoking Pistons in Johannesburg, with big jumps with
a small run-up.
MX SA: How have your results been so far?
MP: The first two rounds were not that great but then
I put my head down and won rounds 3 and 4, so I am confident
I can keep my winning streak.
MX SA: Did it take you some time to get used to the Arenacross
MP: Yes, thats why the first two rounds were
terrible for me, as all the competitors im riding against
have riden the series before.
MX SA: You are only 7 points behind the leader. Do you
think you can win the series?
MP: I am actually the joint leader as you can throw
your worst two results away.
MX SA: How tough has the competition been?
MP: The competition is tough, they are competent at
winning so I must pull the holeshot and ride smoothly, because
the surface is slippery.
MX SA: It has been good having the whole family there,
but do you think you can manage when dad leaves?
MP: It will be ok because my father will be coming
back every 3 weeks for the major race meetings.
MX SA: How is your brother Nic coping?
MP: Nicholas is competing in the Rookie class, that
class is crazy and the riders are even more crazy, Nicholass
best result up to now was a 6th in Belfast.
MX SA: More importantly, how is your mother coping?
MP: My mum says the weather is horrible and is looking
forward to the summer, she has made friends at the track because
all the people are friendly.
MX SA: What is your next race after the Arenacross series?
MP: After the Areana cross I have entered into three
National series, The RHL Series, The E22 Series, and the MX
Nationals Series, so it's 16 National size events. We will
also be travelling to Europe mainland to participate in a
few ADAC events later through the year,
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