With only a week to go till the start of the UK Motocross season, i thought i’d arrange a quick interview with a pro rider. I chose Nathan Parker, one of the rising talents on the UK MX scene.
Q & A session…
Q) Briefly tell the readers who you are.
A) Nathan Parker, age 22, pro motocross rider. Also known as “Nez” to his friends.
Q) Is there anyone specific who has encouraged and influenced you throughout your career?
A) Nathan: Yes, my dad used to ride and so did my older brothers. Thats how i got involved in the sport.
Q) When you are in the lead of a race, knowing the other riders are gaining speed, what is that like?
A) Nathan: It is an horrible feeling knowing that you are riding to your full ability and can’t go any faster. You just have to stay focused and ride smoothly.
Q) What’s going through your head?
A) Nathan: I just tell myself it’s just practice, and just focus. Never look back especially when you are in the lead.
Q) As 99% of sports stars have a grueling, training regime, what does a typical week of training consist of?
A) Nathan: I have to be at the track almost everyday training for the seven months long racing season. I have to ensure my body fat is balanced as this will affect how I ride and this is all the time.
Q) The most exciting race of the year, what is the most important preparation that will need to be done on your bike, to ensure it can handle the challenge?
A) Nathan: The mechanics take care of that, but the most important parts that need to be looked after are the engine and suspension.
Q) Are there any other racers you look up to?
A) Nathan: I look up to all the other riders, as i know how demanding the sport is, both physically and mentally.
Q) What are your goals for this season?
A) Nathan: To be in the top 5 in the Maxxis British Championship, and to score points in all the world championsip rounds.(Nathans favourite quote..”To be No1, train like you are No2″)
Q) Outside of Motocross what do you do to relax?
A) BMX,Mountain biking, Spending time with family and friends, Television.
Q) Any words of wisdom for those looking to get into Motocross?
A) Once you have a bike, find a good official practice track( no illegal riding, it gives the sport a bad name), get some coaching, practice and hard work. And most importantly….stay focused.
A big thanks to Nathan for the Q&A session. You can see Nathan in action on February 26th at the Hawkstone International MX, Hawkstone Park, near Shrewsbury. And also at the Maxxis British Championship rounds and Red Bull Pro National rounds.