The gentlemen at the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme Motocross World Championship over in Miles, Switzerland first started handing out Gold Medals for World Championships way back in 1949. First, it was the FIM Road Racing Championship Grand Prix (now called MotoGP), and then in 1957, the Motocross World Championship was launched. Beginning with the great Jeff Smith and his radically futuristic BSA in 1964, racers from the nation of Great Britain have amassed 10 FIM Gold Medals, the last being snagged by 125cc pilot James Dobb in 2001.
Nearly two decades without one of the precious metal Gold Medals, enter one Ben Watson. Straight outta Nottinghamshire, England, it’s been a frantically positive couple of weeks for the 23-year-old the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 Team competitor. First came the Englishman’s first career Grand Prix win at Lommel, Belgium on October 25, and a few minutes afterward, the announcement that he would be joining the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP for 2021. Certainly two swipes of hard-earned good fortune, Watson will now turn his attentions to this weekend and the first of the final three Grands Prix of the 2020 season set to run on the hardpack of Pietramurata, Italy.
“After Lommel, I am of course feeling good,” said Watson on Thursday. “It’s been an emotional week but it’s time to focus on Italy.”
And that’s where we found Ben when it came time to do the interview you’re about to read: In an automobile and driving pell-mell towards Sunday’s MXGP of Trentino. Currently slotted-in at sixth in points in the MX2 World Championship, Watson is hoping to leave Italy as the P5 man in the final FIM MX2 World Championship standings, as well as Great Britain’s next FIM Gold Medal hopeful.