Interview: Adam Sterry – In search of a vehicle

As the 2022 season approaches, one rider who currently has no driver is British talent Adam Sterry. The Briton has had a great career in the MX2 World Championship but since moving to MXGP he has yet to show what he can really do and injuries have not helped.

Sterry will not be staying with the Milwaukee team-powered Hitachi KTM squad for the 2022 season and at the moment he doesn’t appear to have anything on the table. All the team leaders reading this and still have an MXGP slot for the 2022 season, then Sterry could be your man!

We caught up with Sterry to discuss his future and more.

GateDrop: Adam, let’s start with the 2021 season – unfortunately an injury cut the season short, but you had a good pace at the start of the season. Where were you satisfied with the way things were going?

Sterry: We had some good races but ended up missing too many races like you said I got injured in Germany and after that it was triple so I missed a lot of races there and at the start of the season we missed more races as they faced the british championship, when you miss so many races it’s hard to stay in the stream of world championship races and of course less chance to get good results.

GateDrop: Obviously you’ve had a good career in MX2, over the last couple of years you’ve moved to MXGP. How does it feel to take the plunge and especially without a factory bike?

Sterry: Yes the MX2 was good, I always thought the 450cc was better for me, just feel like I haven’t been able to show it yet. The build-up is difficult, everyone is so close and everyone has a lot of experience with running, training, testing etc. therefore the level is much higher. Ultimately, it’s the pinnacle of the sport, so that’s expected.

GateDrop: The level of MXGP last year was just amazing – maybe the best ever! How would you describe the racing of the series?

Sterry: Difficult (laughs). But it’s something that I love! If you are a little out of the way during the day, that’s the difference in getting points or not. Everyone pushes the limits and that’s why the standard is so high.

GateDrop: Unfortunately, you won’t continue with the Hitachi KTM team.

Sterry: I enjoyed working with the team, it’s a British team and people with whom I have already worked. Not really because I somehow knew it was going to happen anyway. It’s just a shame that we weren’t able to get the results that I or the team wanted.

GateDrop: Looking ahead to 2022, have you generated a lot of interest? I think Marchetti was an option but they ended up going with another driver – are there any other teams interested?

Sterry: I had a few teams interested but in the end it didn’t work out and at the moment there aren’t many other options. I certainly learned a lot though.

GateDrop: There is obviously so much talent in MXGP right now, how hard is it to secure a race?

Sterry: Very difficult! The age rule in MX2 doesn’t help either. There are fewer and fewer MXGP teams but more and more riders entering the class each year. This is also the reason why people decide to retire. Without a good team and a good budget in the MXGP class, it is almost impossible to compete.

GateDrop: In your opinion, how likely is it that you will even run selected MXGP races in 2022?

Sterry: At the moment not very likely but I need to sit down and think about it.

GateDrop: Unfortunately the UK paddock is not what it used to be, do you have any offers to race at national level?

Sterry: I had one but to be honest it wasn’t something I wanted to do initially (like in the UK Championship only) and like you said it’s not what it used to be!

GateDrop: For potential team managers who might read this, what type of rider would he sign with you?

Sterry: Someone who has dedicated their life to the sport, who works hard and with the right team and the right people can be back at the forefront.

GateDrop: In the worst case scenario, if no offers are received – fingers crossed that this doesn’t happen, but what does the future look like for you?

Sterry: As of this moment I am not sure. This is something that I have also dedicated my life to, so it would be weird not to stand in line, but in the end, if there is no option, it is something that I have to manage and find a solution. I will always be training so maybe an opportunity will present itself at some point!

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Photo: Hitachi KTM powered by Milwaukee / Ray Archer

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