“I lastly discover good emotions on the bike! – GP Inside - Motor Informed

“I lastly discover good emotions on the bike! – GP Inside

Not spared from crashes for his first season in World Superbike final yr, Lucas Mahias is making the most of the winter to get again in form, rediscover the pleasure of driving and discover options to struggle with the very best. Endurance world champion in 2016, Supersport world champion in 2017, the Frenchman continues to be thirsty for fulfillment.

GP-Inside: Why did you finish your season prematurely in 2021?

Lucas Mahias: “Simply earlier than midway via the championship, I crashed closely throughout the Dutch spherical in Assen and broke my scaphoid. I returned to France to have surgical procedure as a way to proceed the season, however the consolidation didn’t go effectively. I nonetheless had ache in my wrist and I used to be embarrassed to journey as I wished, so I fell much more! It should be acknowledged that it had been a very long time since I had taken so many shovels, eleven in complete. Solely Bautista did worse than me! »

And knowledge suggested you to cease?

LM: “(Laughs) Knowledge is known as Manuel Puccetti (Editor’s word: boss of his group) ! Truthfully, the group is very nice, they’re all passionate, however if you fall, you break tools and the invoice climbs rapidly, we attain astronomical sums! Above all, he was afraid that I’d worsen my accidents and jeopardize my future. He then supplied me to cease to higher put together for 2022. At the start, even when I knew he was proper, I nonetheless wished to struggle, I used to be indignant with the entire world. And after just a few weeks, I noticed that it was certainly the very best resolution. »

Have you ever had any surgical procedures lately?

ML: “Sure, my surgeon made me a bone graft to enhance the consolidation of the scaphoid. Furthermore, as we now have turn into pals, I took him to an occasion on the finish of the season, and he understood the bodily constraints that the pilots endure. Then he did an excellent job, I used to be immobilized for 3 months and now we now have to restart the machine! »

You might have simply returned from a number of check periods in Jerez and Portimao. Are you happy?

LM: ” Sure. It was the primary time I rode on monitor after the operation, however I used to be assured as a result of I had examined my wrist in enduro a little bit earlier than and I had no ache. I simply have to perform a little muscle rehabilitation nevertheless it ought to quickly be again to regular. »

“I’m actually proud of these exams, it was frankly optimistic. Final yr, I could not perceive why different individuals had been popping out of corners sooner than me once I was coming in caught to them and accelerating on the identical time. In truth, it was the electronics that triggered too early as a result of I opened the accelerator an excessive amount of. However I left Jerez with a smile, I lastly took pleasure in driving my Kawasaki, the group labored effectively. We now use Öhlins suspensions, and for me it actually works higher. I discover sensations that I knew earlier than, the whole lot is straightforward, pure, and I rode in quick lap occasions that we had set with the group, with out the slightest warning of a fall. We’ll proceed on this path and I’ll inform you extra after the Misano exams, originally of March. »

We all know that you just journey a bike quite a bit, do you proceed to coach in a number of disciplines?

LM: “I’m satisfied that driving in a number of disciplines lets you purchase reflexes that may prevent the day in sure conditions, so I do the whole lot potential, cross, enduro, supermoto, grass-track… Anyway, I do not drive myself: motorcycling has at all times been my ardour, so it is not a constraint! »

Bike coaching with Fabien Foret who will keep alongside Lucas in 2022

Lastly, I heard that you just dream of doing the 24 Hours of Le Mans… within the automotive?

LM: “Sure, it is true, it should be nice! You understand, it’s kind of like all automotive and motorbike drivers, we like the whole lot that has to do with velocity. If tomorrow, a group provides me to attempt, I settle for instantly and above all, I attempt to do it accurately! »

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