Maris Strombergs “The Machine” is always a crowd favourite, a true professional and always a contender at any major event. This year’s World’s didn’t go as well as planned for Maris who after all is only going to these races to win. Anything else isn’t satisfactory for the current Olympic Champ. The short first straight didn’t suit Maris who likes the long straight’s like Papendal and London where he can really lay his ponies down and open up. With the Worlds out of the way he’ll be focussing on retaining his title in August. The London track will suit Maris so count him in as a favourite for the games. I’ll be putting my money on Maris as soon as the bookies release the odd’s.
Here’s how the Worlds went for Maris in his own words taken from his blog over at www.marisstrombergs.com Check out his website, he update’s it regularly and has some good content on there.
This year at Worlds it was indoor and the track was smaller then usual which I expected, due to it being indoors. Thursday practice went well, Friday we had time trials as usual. I made it in the top 16, so I had to do a second round for super finals. I got fourth. I was picked at random and had to do a drug test, which ended late and I didn’t get back to the hotel till midnight. On the day of the race I was put in my motos with Willers , which is never an easy task. I ended up in second for all three motos. I won my quarters and got first lane pick for Semi’s, I picked lane one. My gate wasn’t good enough so I got stuck inside which lead me to get seventh lane pick and I ended up with lane six in the main. I was really bummed because it’s not easy to cut over on that track. In the main I had a good start and I was trying to cut over but the first straight almost made it impossible to get over enough, it was just too short. I got stuck on the outside and the race was pretty much over. On the last straight Willers slid out and caused me to run into him, making me crash. After I got up I took my helmet off and crossed the finish line. The next day I found out I was disqualified for not wearing my helmet past the finish line. I not only didn’t get points for the main but for the whole entire race. I wasn’t all that bummed out to find out about my disqualification because Worlds is all about winning. I just feel like every race we go to UCI has made up some kind of new rule. I feel like I gave myself a good chance to compete for the win, It just didn’t happen this time. It was a good race, great show and I look forward to the Worlds next year in New Zealand! Now I am back in sunny California and will be doing a couple USABMX Nationals before I head back to Latvia to prepare for Olympics.