We caught up with Charlie Putnam ahead of the final round of the 2020 Michelin MX Nationals which takes place this weekend (October 3rd & 4th) at FatCat Moto Parc.
The Par Homes RFX Husqvarna rider currently sits third in the Bell Expert MX2 Championship at the Nora Motorsport sanctioned Motocross Championship with 50 points difference with second place rider Ollie Beamish, so I am sure Putnam will be going out at FatCats to push for the second place overall on Sunday afternoon.
How have you been doing over the last few weeks and what have you been up to since Cusses to prepare for Fatcats?
“Over the last few weeks I have been working, riding and training as normal. I have jumped on a 450 for a couple of weeks and since getting back on the 2 stroke I feel alot stronger and smoother when im riding it.”
Your currently third in the MX Nationals Expert MX2 Championship with just 40 points off Ollie Beamish in second. How you feeling about this?
“Seeing that im currently 3rd in the championship is pretty crazy really as I have had to miss a round because of burning my legs, to catch ollie would be nice and im going to go out and give it my all but hes a good rider and pretty consistent so we’ll just have to see where he ends up. Just to make it on the podium after I flame grilled myself i’ll be happy with!”
Looking ahead to this weekend at FatCat for the final round, what’s your thoughts on the track and what’s your plan/goal?
“Fatcats is always a tough one to race, its a tough track and you tend to get random people that motor round there at a good pace, im just going into it as any normal race, head down wait for the gate to drop and get loose!“
Could you give some advice to a youth rider looking to go into the adult Mx career?
“My advice to a youth rider coming through would be, don’t get too serious with it. Because if your head goes and your not enjoying it then it shows in your results!”
Finally what are your plans for 2021 in terms of if your staying with the team and what championships you’re going to concentrate on?
“For 2021 im not 100% sure what’s happening yet. I will be doing British Championship and MX Nationals for definite but as for anything else teams/championships there isn’t anything set in stone yet. Hopefully this virus does one!”
Words by Darren Bachelor | Photo Credit: MX Nationals UK / Elliot Spencer