Falling In On: Jonny Walker

Jonny Walker smiling

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Hard Enduro takes center stage this weekend as the world’s best cyclists compete at The Tough One, held for the first time ever at the iconic Hawkstone Park venue, England. Runner-up in 2013, KTM mounted Walker again starts as one of the favorites for top recognizes. A fan of the deep sandy situations, which the grueling motocross circuit is usually famed for, Walker is hungry to deliver a winning result at his home event of the season…

Q: The Challenging One’s move to Hawkstone Park is usually causing quite a stir. Any ideas what to expect?

A: Nobody really knows what to anticipate. I think that’s the biggest thing about the race – it’s unknown. It is going to be sandy and 3 hours in that terrain will be penalizing. Between the motocross sections, the man-made stuff and the hill climbs within the woods there’s a real mixture of ground. I enjoy riding sand and have worked well hard on my fitness therefore hopefully that will help me. But it’s going to be hard.

Q: What are your expectations in front of the race?

A: I want to earn – that’s the goal. Personally i think like I’m capable of it plus I’ve been working hard to achieve it. Of course finishing on the podium would be good but I want more than that. I’ll be giving it 100 percent to win The Tough One.

Q: Using a full entry list, who are you expecting to challenge for the podium?

A: There are a lot of guys to watch out for – at least 10 people are capable of finishing inside the top five. But you can’t exclude Graham Jarvis and David Dark night, they’ll be pushing for the earn. Plus Alfredo Gomez, Paul Bolton and my teammate Andreas Lettenbichler will be right in the mix as well.

Q: Right after Hell’s Gate you moved to live in France. Why was that?

A: Moving to France is something I’d thought about doing for a while. My mechanic is French and I could rent a house close to him within the south of France. So far it’s been going great. I’ve obtained everything from extreme enduro tracks in order to motocross within an hour of where i came from. Almost everyday I’m able to ride somewhere different and try something totally new. Having my mechanic close by is usually brilliant. We can bounce a lot of ideas off each other – I’m really enjoying it.

Q: Is it true you’ve been doing a lot of training on a a hundred and twenty-five?

The: Yeah, I began riding a 125 recently. I’d never ridden one before yet it’s a lot of fun. I’ve been driving it a lot on some motocross tracks and working on improving our corner speed. It’s a great bike to learn on – when you get things right they’re awesome.

Q: It’s six weeks until the ErzbergRodeo in Austria. Perhaps you have started thinking about that race however?

A: Erzberg is definitely in the back of my mind. Missing out on the particular podium in 2013 was a bitter pill to swallow, but among illness and injury I was anything but at my best back then. I want to create amends this year and I’ll become going there all guns blazing. But first my goal is winning The particular Tough One.

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