For another edition of the International Rider Spotlight, Motorcycling Australia (MA) got to sit down with rising Red Bull MotoGP Rookie Cup star Billy Van Eerde. MA got the inside scoop on Billy’s most memorable experiences overseas and his goals for the remainder of 2018.
Where are you currently competing?
In Europe and Asia. The Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup (Europe) and the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup (Asia).
What’s the hardest thing about adapting to your new country?
Can’t really think of anything too hard. I’ve settled in pretty well, there’s lots of tracks to ride and food is nice too.
What do you miss most about home?
My family is the thing I miss most but I also miss riding tracks in my own backyard and of course, my mum’s cooking!
What is your preparation/training regime like?
I haven’t really got a set regime. I try to train everyday and ride at least a few times a week.
What’s been a highlight for you this year?
Definitely winning race two at Qatar for the 1st Round of the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup . It was a great battle all the way to the line and being the first Aussie to win an Asia Talent Cup was the best feeling ever!
What is your single most motivating force?
Hoping one day to make it to the top and become a MotoGP World Champion. You have to work hard for it every day and stay focused.
Tell us a bit more about what you hope to achieve and what you have already achieved in 2018?
Just being selected to compete at a national level in both series (Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup) is a great achievement. I have had three podiums in Asia and will be trying my hardest and giving it 100% to aim for podiums in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup. The rest we will have to wait and see.
What’s your strangest overseas experience been so far?
Probably eating snails in a restaurant haha!
Do you have a special message for your fans back home?
Yes, thank you to everyone for all the support and encouragement along the way. I will keep pushing to get good results in both series.
Favourite thing to do besides motorcycling?
Haven’t really got another hobby but if I’m not riding or training I enjoy hanging out and relaxing with friends.
Describe yourself in three words
LOVE RACING BIKES