Interview Date: 13th November 2020
After a rough couple of years Dan Thornhill has just completed his first full season since 2017, with the future looking bright and blue we caught up with Dan and talked through it all…
In 2019 your season was cut short to an injury, now you’ve just finished 2020 with a triple header in Arco for the final rounds of the EMX Open. Talk us through the year…
Yeah, the end of 2018 got cut short after dislocating my shoulder twice. I then returned to start 2019 with little pre-season training under my belt. I literally did one round of Mx Nationals and then unfortunately my shoulder dislocated again. I then took most of the year out and had a shoulder reconstruction and started back riding at the end on the 2019 season. Having a decent winter, I started to build back with confidence and each race this year has become better and better for me. Both riding and results! I ended out the MX Nationals championship 9th Overall in what I believe was one of the most competitive seasons to date. The opportunity to race the triple header in Arco was great for me again to gain more confidence and experience in the GP paddock. The week went well, and I ended out the week 5th overall joint points with 4th so that was pretty cool way to end the year after some hard setbacks in the past few seasons!
It’s recently been announced that you’ll be sticking with the Cab Screens for 2021, but on a Yamaha! Are you looking forward to the new venture?
Yes I’m fortunate to be staying with the CabScreens team as they change brands to Yamaha. I’m excited for the new venture and I’m just happy to be able to have the support to keep continuing to build on my progression from this year. With the whole Covid scenario. Support and deals for riders and teams are becoming harder to find and I’m lucky to be set and sorted.
New Bike, New MX Nationals Schedule, is there anything else changing in your program for 2021 and what’s the goal for 2021?
A lot is changing for 2021 with the bike and by the looks of things the schedule will give pro riders more race time at each event which I’m excited about. But regarding the goals they continue to be the same for me. I like to be realistic and work my hardest to achieve the best I can on a race day. The program for me will stay the same, I feel I’ve worked my way back towards the sharp end again this year and as I said above, I just plan to keep building momentum into 2021!