Just prior to Unadilla, Makita/Suzuki announced that they had signed David Vuillemin to a deal for the 2008 Supercross and Motocross seasons, so we caught up with DV12 to find out more about his move back to a factory team and what else is in store for our favorite Frenchman…
TWMX: The big news coming into this weekend was your move to the Makita/Suzuki team in 2008. Tell us about that…
DV: I’m really excited for the opportunity. I’m also happy with how it worked out with Mark Kvamme from MDK; we had a little agreement so that he could let me go there. I made an effort with MDK, and he made an effort to let me sign with Suzuki. I’ll be thirty in October, so opportunities like this won’t happen again. I’m happy that they want me there, and I’m ready for a new challenge. I have new motivation and I am setting new goals; I think I’m going to have to step it up when I’m in the factory rig.
What are the new goals?
The new goal is to be in the top-five consistently and get some podiums. To be right there, ya know? I need to step it up a notch to get to the next level, and I think it will be good with a team like that (Suzuki). I won’t have to worry about anything other than riding and my fitness.
Do you have a history with anyone at Makita/Suzuki?
I’ve known most of those guys for a long time just from being around racing, but that’s about it.
How long did it take to put the deal together?
We started talking before Hangtown.
You’ve been winning top privateer awards and you’re generally considered one of the fastest non-factory guys out there. Did you feel like this move was something that was due?
No, it wasn’t due; I was a factory rider, but I left the team to pursue some other goals that I had in my life. Obviously that was a mistake, but when I went to Motoworld last year for the Nationals I did good, and then I signed here (with MDK) and we had some good results in Supercross and in Outdoors. The bike is great, but it’s not a factory bike, so this is good; it puts me back on the map and I’m glad to have the opportunity. But like I said, getting back in the factory rig is the first step, but there’s a few more steps to come. Now I have pressure to get results, which is good, that’s what I needed.
And you’ll officially move to Suzuki on October first?
Yes, October first. I asked MDK if I could race Motocross of Nations with Suzuki, but Suzuki said they don’t have the time to make me a bike. So if I race the Motocross of Nations it’s going to be with MDK. I’m not sure if I’m going to race des Nations yet.
Did the French officials tell you that you have a spot on the team?
It’s not official, because I have not seen an announcement or anything. But they said it would be the Pourcel brothers and myself on the team. But, you know, anything can change. It changed last year.
What about U.S. Open?
It’s only two weeks after I officially ride the bike, so it’s a long shot for now.