24 hours of Le Mans – the toughest motorcycle race took place last weekend and Monster Energy athlete Martin Choy achieved phenomenal success by riding more than half the time alone and managed to complete the race.
The rules are that each team has three riders that change on one bike. Unfortunately one them fell at the beginning and had to retire due to injury and the other had to end his campaign, because of physical and mental exhaustion leaving Martin to race alone more than 15 hours.
We met with Choy on his return to Bulgaria to find out how he managed to cope with the huge strain.
Hi Martin, you must be very tired from the race, but happy with your performance. Everyone in Bulgaria is very proud of your achievement.
Tired would be an understatement. I did what I had to do and I’m happy.
What were your thoughts when you found out that your teammate Proshenik had fallen badly?
Each fall in motorcycling is bad, especially when there are injuries like in our case. I followed the team’s instructions and didn’t have time to think about it. We had to complete the race.
Where did you find the strength to keep going after your second teammate quit the race?
That’s my nature, I never give up. We had a team goal that had be accomplished.
Was there a time when you said to yourself “that’s enough”?
Only at the end when I was pushing the bike towards the pits. I almost fainted, but the fans started cheering me on and I found the strength to carry on and finish.
You had very good lap times during the night. How do you explain that?
I don’t know. I was extremely concentrated. These are the hardest times in endurance racing.
Your preparation was very good to manage to do 420 laps. What kind of training were you doing?I have always prepared very well for every race. My training includes a lot of components and a diet. For endurance racing I was working on a special program.
Do you intend to take part in this race again next year?
I am a racer and my job is to race, so yes I will definitely compete again next year.
This is a very strong start to your season. What are your expectations for the rest of the year?
The challenge of the 24-hours of Le Mane gives me extra motivation and confidence in myself and the team. Our crew is very good and I think the best is still to come.
Thank you and good luck in 2016.