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Petar Petrov at the 2016 MXGP of the Netherlands
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We catch up with Bulgarian MX star Petar Petrov before MXGP starts in Qatar

Feb 202017

Before the start of the longest MXGP season in history we sit down with Bulgarian MX2 ace Petar Pеtrov to find out about his recovery from injury, preparation for the year ahead and his thoughts on moving on to the higher 450 class in 2018.

YES, I‘M FULLY RECOVERED!

Let‘s start with the question that every Bulgarian wants to know the answer to – have you recovered from the shoulder injury you had in the middle of last season?

Yes, I‘m fully recovered. I had surgery at the beginning of September. The process was long, I started riding again in the middle of December. We had to change a bit our training program because we had only 2 months before the start, but I think we did well.

In 2016 you were close the podium many times, but stood on the steps only once in Belgium like in 2015. Does the track suit you or is it just a coincidence?

Ye, I was close a few times, but unfortunately finished in the top 3 only once. I also raced a long time injured. The track in Belgium dose suit me, but so do many others and I hope in 2017 we will be on the podium more often.

I CAN‘T WAIT TO RACE IN THE BIG CLASS. I THINK 450 SUITS ME BETTER. 

According to the age limit rule this will be your last season in MX2. Are you ready for the next challenge with the big boys?

Yes, I can‘t wait to race in the big class. I think the 450 suits me better, but now my goal is to achieve the best result in 250 before we move up.

Did the cancelation of the races in Bulgaria affect your motivation and do you think you would have had an advantage over your competitors in front of the home fans?

Unfortunately we no longer have a round in Bulgaria, but that is the situation right now. It’s a pity because I think it would have been awesome to fight for 1-st place in front of our home fans.

I HAVE THE BEST PEOPLE AROUND ME WHO WILL GUIDE ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

The 2017 campaign will be the longest in MXGP history. Dose that require a different approach to training in terms endurance?

This season will be very long and you need to control how much you train. The rest will also be important, but I have the best people around me who will guide me in the right direction.

Where do you prepare during the winter? Do you take part in smaller competitions not to lose race form?

I started a little late. Because of the injury I spent some time in France to be close to the team so we can make all the necessary tests. I took part in a couple of international races just to see where I and the bike stand. I think we did well. The championship is long and even if we are not 100% at the start it shouldn’t be a big problem.

I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY WHO SUPPORTS ME AND SPECIALLY THE TEAM FROM MONSTER ENERGY BULGARIA

You and your team are based in Belgium. Do you miss being away from family and friends or does that give you more time to focus on the job ahead?

Ye, I live abroad and it‘s unfortunate that I can‘t spend more time with my family in Bulgaria. I miss them a lot, but that‘s my job and at the moment I‘m entirely focused on the new season.

Thank you once more for your time and we would like you to say something to the Monster Energy fans in Bulgaria?

I what to thank everybody who supports me and specially the team from Monster Energy Bulgaria.

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