The name Scott Smulders is no stranger to motocross. In 2015 he became 65cc European Championship Champion, last year he won the German ADAC Championship title in the 125cc class and this year Scott is moving up to 250cc. He rides for the Husqvarna SKS Racing team in the EMX250 championship and the Dutch Masters of Motocross. Additionally, Scott is also part of KNMV’s talent program, TeamNL. It’s high time to portray the person behind this talented cross country fanatic.
How did you get through the winter?
“After the end of last season, I calmed down for a few weeks. It was an intense season, so after in relaxed mode it was wonderful. At those times you come to things that are difficult during the think about spending time with the family and going out for dinner. Also, at the beginning of December, I was integrated into the training program of the KNMV. At the training center in Papendal, for example, I train a lot for look even stronger physically. I train for strength and fitness. Then I got back on my bike in mid-December to make the most of the start of the season.
How did you come into contact with this sport?
“Motocross runs in the family. My father has always raced in Belgium. I don’t know if he did that. You grow with it from an early age and before you know it you’re on the bike yourself.
What do you do in everyday life and can it combine well with your cross career?
” I am still at school. I am havo at Beekdal Lyceum in Arnhem. Here, I focus on the nature and technology sector. Here I can combine school and sports perfectly. They provide the facilities for top athletes. This way everything falls into place and I can concentrate undisturbed on my cross career. On Monday, I start training early in the morning. I start physical training and work on balance and reaction around 7:30 am. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays are dedicated to strength training. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, I do what I love the most: cross-country skiing. For example, I’m busy all week with cross-country skiing, training and school.
What makes sport so beautiful/special for you?
“The kick it gives is great! But it is also the relaxation it brings. When you have a lot on your mind, it’s best to sit on the bike. At that point, I become one with the bike and can make my own plan on the track. You can change your thoughts and thus lose your emotions. At that point it’s just you and the bike and try to drive as fast as you can.
If you hadn’t done motocross, what other sport (motorcycling) would you have practiced?
“Road racing seems like a cool thing to do, I find the tension and speed in MotoGP very impressive. So I would like to try road racing. I also think Formula 1 is a wonderful sport. But let’s focus- us first on motocross.
You face a big challenge, you have upgraded to the EMX250. Can you tell us more about this switch?
“I don’t have any concrete expectations for this season. For me it’s of course a learning year because I’m moving from 125cc to 250cc. I want to make continuous progress and that should eventually show in the results. I just want to improve again and again, so I’m happy to have a two-year contract with KNMV and the Husqvarna SKS Racing team, it also gives me some peace of mind, I can really consider this year as an apprenticeship year to gain as much experience as possible.Then I have to prove myself next year by showing that I belong at this level.
What are you most looking forward to this season?
“The complete EMX250 championship. You ride on beautiful circuits, against good opponents and you always have special moments with the people around you. As the season progresses I can definitely show beautiful things, I sure! I also enjoy competing for the Dutch Motocross Masters Championship. Here you compete against the guys who normally race in the MX2 World Championship. This way I can compete with the best riders. During these matches, I can prove myself and I have every confidence that I will succeed.
What is/are your goal(s) for this year?
“My first goal is to qualify directly for all competitions this year from the next EMX competitions. During the season opener in Italy, I had bad luck and unfortunately I didn’t qualify. During the season, I also want to finish more and more towards the points. If this succeeds, we will have to raise the bar again for ourselves.
Photo: Damon Teerink