Next up in the series is Rasmus Håkansson, one of Swedens top MX2 riders.
How old are you?
21 years old
Where are you from?
Kinnared, close to Halmstad in Sweden
How did your journey start to get you where you are today ?
It all started with me wanting a motocross at the age of 4, which was a bit strange since I am not from a motorsports family. My dad told me I should learn how to bicycle first and after I proved myself I got my first 50cc. I was a talented kid and when I was 9 I got to race in the European championships. After that things quickly got a bit serious and when I was 15 I moved to Belgium to race with a team for a few years. I never felt comfortable and maybe moving away from my family to a new country at such a young age wasn’t right for me. I managed to struggle through a few seasons but eventually I came to the conclusion I would feel and do better if I could stay with my family and moved back home. I took some help from a mental coach working with athletes and now I feel really strong and happy, and I think the recent results are showing I made the right choice.
What bike do you ride?
Whats your favorite thing about riding dirt bikes?
I love all the feelings I get when riding and the thrill of the speed. To find the flow and how it feels when everything comes together at a race. I also really like being part of the top riders, fighting to reach the top. I love to compete and the feeling when reaching my goals. That’s why we do it I would say 🙂
What is your favourite MX track & why?
I really like attack called Uppvidinge. It’s different. Built on an old skiing slope. Lots of hills in the middle of the nature.
What does a normal training week look like for you?
During the season I ride 3-4 days a week. And I also ride long distance bicycles. In the winter, due to the weather here, it’s more gym training. I ride as much as I can.
What are your short term goals?
Short term is to win MX2 for this season.
What are your goals for the future?
I try to keep my focus on development to improve. Not to put too much focus or pressure on reaching a certain position at a race or a series. Of course I always want to win, and that’s what I am going for, but I think it works better for me if I try to focus on the details that can make me into a better rider. This year I also tried a few European Championships and in the Netherlands I managed to reach a 8th position, which I am really happy for. But the pressure is a lot higher there and we will see what the future brings.
What would you say is most important to succeed, besides hard work?
I think you need to be a bit of a natural talent. If you don’t I think it will be difficult to reach the top. The competition is super tough and you need to work really hard. Also I think it’s important to realize that in the end you are the one riding the bike, and don’t come up with excuses or blame failure on other issues. If things doesn’t work, try to focus on what can be done better and put work into that. Mental training is almost as important as physical training at this level. If you come to a race and can’t handle the pressure (or know how to deal with it) it doesn’t matter how good of a rider you are.
What song do you have on repeat?
Loose my mind with Mira Granberg. Sometimes I listen to Norwegian “raggar” music before a race. Haha 🙂
What phrase would describe you best?
Calm but crazy!
What next from here?
Focus on the last race in the Swedish Championships and maybe a few MX2 races in Europe. Then it’s time to start over and look forward to next year with collaborations and preparations. (After this interview was done Rasmus attended the last Championship of the year where he fought his way to an overall 3rd position in the Swedish Championship 2021. Huge congratulations Rasmus!)
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