Martin Maes came second at Round 1 of the Enduro World Series in Chile, and third at Round 3 in France, but a shoulder dislocation
took him out of Round 2 in Colombia.
Ross Bell caught up with Martin Maes at the 2018 Fort William World Cup to discuss why he's racing a downhill round, GT's new prototype DH Bike, and what his plans for the season are.
The first few EWS racers are done, how did they go?
Not too bad, I got a second place in Chile and a third place in France two weeks ago. But unfortunately, I dislocated my shoulder in Colombia. That's basically the reason why I'm racing Fort William World Cup because my place in the overall standings of the EWS is in question. When you miss a race for whatever reason you lose a lot of points so I decided to race Fort William.
I've won here two times as junior so it always gives me good vibes. I really like the venue so I'm happy to be back!
When was the last time you raced here?
I was in Elite, but I broke my wrist on the last jump on the Scotland! I'm back here now for redemption. Hopefully!
Are you here for fun?
When I'm racing I'm always trying my hardest and obviously, I'm very competitive but I don't have any expectations or goals to achieve this weekend. The team is stoked that I'm here and I took the opportunity to be here. It's great to hang out with the downhill riders, too.
How much time have you had on the DH bike?
I've spent a day riding in La Bresse, France just to get used to the bike, but that's all. I think the last time I rode a downhill bike was two years ago, here, in Fort William. We've got a different bike now which is loads faster and safer. It's always a good experience to ride at Fort William so I'm really excited.
Are you going to be racing any more World Cups?
I don't know yet, but La Bresse is only a 4-hour drive from my house it could be an option. Let's see how I fare in the overall standings at the EWS before deciding what I do. The plan is to do Fort William as a test event and then maybe La Bresse.
What about the World Championships?
Worlds is on the weekend before Ainsa so it might be a bit tight. Who knows! If I get a good result here or in La Bresse then maybe. I have no pressure to do well, I'm just riding for myself and want to do the best I can!
We've added Martin Maes to the Fantasy Downhill Presented by Trek.