Villars sous Écot racetrack, Friday, September 11, 2020.
Only a few days after the final of the 2020 French championship on this same track, the contrast is relaxing. The buzzing paddock and the hectic schedule have given way to a much more relaxed atmosphere, with good late summer weather making everyone feel good.
I’m gearing up for a weekend of racing in a region Championship with Julien Lecreux. It’s an opportunity to take a few photos together, and also a look back over a good number of years in supermoto racing for the 38-year-old rider from Ain, in France.
Sensitive souls, a word of advice. Julien doesn’t mince his words. His sense of humor is sometimes biting. He has a pronounced taste for direct questions that may take people by surprise, and for clear-cut opinions. When you get to know him, you also know that it’s for the right reasons.
Julien has been a supermoto enthusiast for many years, and is a fully committed amateur (in the sense that he earns no income from it). He is an enthusiastic defender of a certain idea of the discipline: only results count, not excuses. He is uncompromising with himself, and also with others. Everyone must be equal before the rules of competition.
He also acknowledges that over the years, his point of view has evolved on certain aspects. After many seasons riding 450s, he now rides a Yamaha YZ 125 2T. Still, he has clocked times that tease the top 10 of the France Challenger trophy. He has lost none of his fighting spirit, even though he admits with a touch of humour that “his international career is behind him”.