Courtesy of Infront Moto Racing
EMX125 presented by FMF Racing red plate holder Liam Everts looks like he might have a successful future. The 15-year-old won the opening round of this year’s championship at Matterley Basin with 1-1 results and then turned up at the opening round of the EMX250 presented by FMF Racing championship a week later at Valkenswaard in Holland and finished 7-6 results for sixth overall.
The son of Stefan (Everts) was terribly unlucky not to win the World Junior Championship in 2019 when engine failure saw him miss out on that title, but he has burst into 2020 and opened many people’s eyes. His win at Matterley Basin was something that came rather easily for the young teenager.
“For me,” Everts said. “I was just doing my thing and I wasn’t thinking about the podium at all, that hit me in the train on the way back home. It was nice to be a little like my grandad or my Dad, and also create your own little style, which I like to have, but it is a long way to go and it was just one race win. Even in Valkenswaard I showed many things I am capable of. I believe I am capable of more. I want to be in MX2 as soon as possible in a top team and I don’t know when it will happen, but I need to focus and I want to win, I am not a fifth-place guy, I want to win.”
Liam’s famous father Stefan knows that the long road to the top is not an easy one, plastered with crashes, injuries, and hard luck, but if you want it bad enough, then anything is possible.
“Matterley is a fantastic track,” Stefan Everts said. “It was technical, we had muddy conditions, we had dry conditions, so, I mean, we saw a lot of great things Liam can do on a motorcycle. I have been seeing this a long time during the week, and in practice and I think it never came out because he was not ready for it, maybe mentally, but also physically mainly. It is nice to finally see him do that under pressure, because the pressure he has on his shoulders is immense big and maybe I am one of the only ones who can understand what he is going through, because I had the same thing with my dad. I only see him getting better and stronger, even now in lockdown he is still motivated. He is disappointed there is no racing and he cannot do other good results. He looks at me as his father, but also as a champion and an example and he trusts what I tell him and what we do. We discuss some things, but for his example his physical program, he trusts everything and just follows it and he does it as his best. That is the best way to do it and that is how I did it with my father or with Willy Linden, I never went into discussion, I would just do it.”
So as Belgium comes out of lockdown, the young Everts is still pushing hard, doing his training, and progressing as a young racer. Once we return, do not be surprised to see an even better version of that young teenager who won at Matterley Basin. Exciting times for Belgian motocross.
Photo Copyright: Ray Archer Author: Geoff Meyer