FIVE MINUTES WITH… MX2 RIDER, NATHAN WATSON
A quick catch up with the HM Plant KTM UK MX2 rider ahead of the British MXGP
Five minutes with… MX2 rider, Nathan Watson
Name: Nathan Watson
Team: HM Plant KTM UK
Still fresh from a victory in the domestic championship, we caught up with HM Plant KTM UK’s Nathan Watson, 19, on his hopes for the British MX GP having been promoted to the MX2 class from EMX250, standing in for his injured teammate, James Dunn.
Hi Nathan, what are you riding here this weekend?
I started the season in the EMX2 class, but I’m here in the MX2 class for HM Plant KTM UK, riding James Dunn’s bike while he recovers from injury. It’s a great opportunity for me to be up against the best riders in the world. Obviously it’s a lot tougher, but that’s got to be a good thing for my riding.
How was EMX250 working out?
If I’m honest it hasn’t been the best; a bit up and down for a few reasons. But the positives were a few top 10s
How about the UK season in the Maxxis championship?
Good! The win at Hawkstone Park (Round 7) was a big weight off my shoulders and obviously gives me a lot of confidence. I’m fourth in the championship currently and the momentum has been building all season.
What do you get up to when you’re not racing?
A lot of mountain bike riding to keep fit and normal gym work. I help out at my dad’s salvage yard to kill some time and earn some money and I do like to go fishing.
Yeah, it’s a total chill out thing for me and the world away from racing. I don’t think I’ve got a potential career in it – I think it’s all about luck!
So, the British GP...
Yeah, it’s great to be in front of the home crowd and when they’re hanging over the fence cheering you it can really spur you on. But it also adds a lot more pressure as there are big expectations - from the fans and me! But I’ll do my best and that’s all I can do.
What do you like most about the KTM 250 SX-F?
I did a test for Moto magazine with all the stock 250s and the KTM was so much faster than the rest. It handles great, is really easy to ride and suits a tall rider like me. I think its secret is that its just great all-round bike.
What’s the career plan?
To be a British champion in whatever class. Of course I would love to do a full season in Grand Prix; travelling the world and doing what I love would be incredible. To be a world champion would be a tall order, so for now I’d just settle for some world championship points!
Good luck for the weekend
Thanks, I'll be doing my best.