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British Youth Championship - 3 June 2019
Interview with Ben Mustoe ahead of Whitby for the Judd KTM British Youth Championship
Ben Mustoe this season has joined the Official Factory KTM Youth Team in the United Kingdom to compete on a Small Wheel 85cc in the British Youth Championship. The season started off well for Ben with a third overall heading into this weekends second round at Whitby.
We caught up with Ben to see how things are and to discuss this weekend at a track for the Official British Youth Motocross Championship.
This year you have moved to KTM following a ride a Kawasaki in previous years. Can you tell us a bit more about this?
"In 2018, I rode for Kawasaki Team Green. I really enjoyed representing Team Green and I had some good success, but for 2019 I was grateful for an opportunity with the Official KTM Factory Youth Team. I have an awesome bike and team that believe in me and looking forward I know its where I needed to be."
At the opening round at Culham, you had a strong weekend finishing up in third. Looking ahead to this weekend at Whitby what are your goals for the event?
"At Culham I was just thankful to be able to race. I had only been out of cast 10 days. I didn't have any time to ride my bike or try the race bike along with no time to test my Factory WP suspension nor could I train off the bike as well. I was really happy to come away from the first round in third position espcially after I had a front wheel puncture in the final moto. Going to Whitby and the remaining rounds I am going there to win."
Can you tell us your thoughts on Whitby, is this the first time for you have raced there, if so what are your expectations?
"I am excited to ride at Whitby. It's a new circuit for me and I've heard lots of positive comments about it. It is always exciting riding new places and I haven't been to Desertmartin before either so I can not wait for that either."
In between race meetings do you get much bike time and time to train off the bike as well?
"To prepare for all races I work with my trainer Lee Dunham. I've worked with him since I was seven and I trust what he says. He steers me through the off season with an intense program and through the season he puts together a programme to suit my races and fitting it all around my school work."
Finally what is your ultimate goal for the 2019 season in the Judd KTM British Youth Championship?
"My goal for this season is to become a British Champion."
Make sure your at Whitby in Yorkshire this weekend (8th & 9th June) to see Ben and the rest of the British Youth Motocross riders battle it out for the second round of the Judd KTM British Youth Championship.
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