Pavel Kejmar took the Supermoto scene by storm the last few years. The young 22 year old rider from the Czech Republic was in the front of the grid since his first race back in 2010. Within two years he was the German S1 Champion and he had some great results in the European and World Supermoto Championship. For 2013 he has signed with the HM Honda Assomotor team to ride in the World and Italian Supermoto Championship. But who exactly is this talent who seemed to appear out of nowhere?
Hi Pavel, first of all thank you for doing this interview with Supermoto Central.
Can you first introduce yourself to the readers?
Hi to everyone! First thanks a lot for giving me the oportunity to introduce myself on this popular world website for supermoto.
My name is Pavel Kejmar I'm 22 years old and I'm from Roztoky, a city directly next to Prague in the Czech Republic.
Can you tell me about about your history in motorcycle racing, how did your career evolve?
I started when I was 7 years old. My dad thought it would be good for me to do a sport so he bought me my first bike, a Malaguti Grizzly 12, and we started Motocross.
The following years I was riding in the Czech Championship starting out with 65cc and 85cc bikes and then upgrading to 125cc and 250cc bikes.
In the winter of 2007 I got the chance to join the popular team of Castellari (Alberto Castellari) in Italy for training. I did this until 2010. In that time I competed in many races of the Italian winter series. Also some Italian Supercross series and all of the indoor series in Germany 2009-2010. But in the spring of 2010 I felt really good after a perfect preparation in the winter.
So my dad and I wanted to get best results in the Czech championship. But then I crashed really hard on my left side of the body. After a 2 month break I rode Supercross in Poland and again crashed on my left side. Again a 2 month stop.
When I was quite healthy again my dad said we should try Supermoto...but I didn´t want to (though never tried it before). The problem was that I couldn't sit on a high vibrating bike, which is normal in MX and SX, so Supermoto was the safest thing to do.
So I said after one week ok, why not, let´s do it!
I first tried a supermoto bike in june 2010. We prepared our 450 Suzuki which we bought for MX practice. After the first training I liked it.
And I saw I could go faster. But I hated it when something I did was slow. So I practiced together with my dad every free second I had.
I tried also the German championship in Freiburg where I finished 9th and 7th which was perfect for the first race. When the season final was near I tried the Czech championship in Cheb and finished second. The second day I crashed in the offroad and had the same problem on my hip again like before. So after that I needed a 3 month break. In those months I had time to think about what I wanted to do in 2011. Compete in the European Motocross championship or try to become better in the completly new discipline Supermoto.
I tried Supermoto because it was also a chance for me to show what I am able to achieve.
I remember my dad asking me 2 weeks before the first European Supermoto round in Busca, Italy: "hey Kejmi, shall we try this race?".
In the overall result I was in the top ten! So in 2011 we decided to try all the European Championship rounds and also the German Supermoto championship.
The last three German Supermoto races in 2011 I rode all the races of the S2 and S1 class. S2 on the Suzuki, the S1 class on KTM...that was crazy!
But my best result was 3 wins on one single day. Stendal 2011 S2 1-1 and S1 5-1.
Overall I finished 2nd in the European Championship, in the German Championship S2 class I finished in 4th place. It was a great first season of my Supermoto career.
During the season I got the offer to ride for KTM Motorrad Bauerschmidt in Germany and took that chance for 2012.
In 2012 Youthstream paid the €3000 starting money for the World Championship because I finished 2nd in the European Championship the year before.
The first season in World Supermoto with the big guys was another crazy and hard experience!
I wanted to reach the top 10 and I finished in 7th place after my first World Supermoto season. I was really happy with this result.
That season I was also riding in the German Championship and won the S1 class Championship. Another thing to be happy about!
When and why did you decide to get into Pro supermoto racing and what do you like so much about it?
It was no real desicion from my side, it just happened how it had to be, at the European Supermoto round in Busca!
I like Supermoto because it is special and was created to find the best rider of two disciplines. You have to be good on the asphalt and also in the offroad.
Can you tell us something about your 2012 season in the German championship, where you conquered the German S1 title?
This season was really crazy sometimes. But I had a good team that worked very hard for me.
We all wanted to get the best results and we did. So we can really be proud of ourselves! Though it was sometimes a really hard season for everybody in the team. Big thanks to Motorrad Bauerschmidt KTM.
What team will your be riding for in 2013 and how did you end up with that team?
The Team Chef of HM Assomotor contacted me after the Swiss World Supermoto round, where I finished 4th overall. And we signed a deal for the 2013 Italian and World championships.
Can you tell us your plans and goals for the 2013 season?
My goal is always to be the best of the world in what I´m doing. But the main goal is to always give the maximum. It´s always the most important thing to stay healthy!
Talking about staying healty, what do you do during the winter to keep fit and prepare yourself for the new season?
The same I think like the other riders. Running, fitness and improving my endurance with my good friend who is the Thaibox world champion (not fighting haha).
You are from the Czech Republic. How populair is supermoto over there?
I think it is slowly getting more popular but unfortunately still not as popular as Motocross.
It seems like the last few years a couple of good riders like Vorlicek and yourself have been coming from the Czech Republic. Why do you think the Czechs are so talented in supermoto riding?
I dont know why :) But I think everybody wants to be the best. So maybe Czech riders want it more than the others hahaha.
We haven't seen you competing in the Superbiker Mettet yet. Why is that? It seems like the event would be perfect for you with big jumps and big offroad sections?
Yes I know. I wanted come there but the situation last year didn´t allow me to. Sure I want to be there this year!
Do you ride Motorcycles on the street or do you just keep it on the track?
I don't have a bike for the street. Im a little scared of that because of the people driving cars. My dad had an horrible accident some years ago on his bike. So thats why I keep my fingers away from every day traffic.
Who is your biggest example in the Supermoto sport?
I think Supermoto had and of course has some popular heroes. My biggest example is everyone who tries his best.
Who do you think will be the next big talent in Supermoto, beside yourself ofcourse?
There are many young riders and some fast MX riders. Just take Mettet 2012 as an example!
Supermoto is small but I think it is getting more populair. What do you think needs to happen for the sport to become really populair and well known?
More fans more help! And to get the fans is difficult. My best friend and I organized a city race in Hrušovany and also in Brno last year. The tracks are small and sometimes dangerous but that is exactly why people are interested in watching.
Do you have any tips for beginning Supermoto riders that want to become faster?
I can only tell them to always believe in themselves and never give up no matter how hard it seems.
How do you see your own future?
I just want to be the best. All riders have that goal but you have to fight hard for it.
The situation like it is for me now is comparable to a job without salary. You give all your energy and time but you don´t even get a tenth of this back.
I hope this year will be a good season without any injuries. But I'm sorry to tell you that this year is supposed to be my last season if there won't be any change concerning financial issues and support.
It´s just sad when you are closely to reach you childhood dreams and have to quit because it doesn´t pay.
Thanks a lot to the people who helped me on my way. And much thanks to my daddy and family with my best girlfriend.
A special thanks to my private sponsors:
E-krad (Markus Christ, Peter Wuerterle)
Car wash Christ
Friend Jan Zeman
Thank you Supermoto.central.com for the interview and good look and thousands of new fans to you!
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