Jorge Casales: “I’m 1,000 kms away from home because I want to be world champion some day”
“Dreaming is free”. That is how Jorge Casales (Vigo, July 20, 1995) closes our interview. He has all the requirements to turn something so ethereal and improbable as a dream in reality. As we talk to him, we find the following: he always want more, but at the same time is humble and values what he has. The fact that he is the main pilot of a team like Beta, besides bearing the label of one of the most talented drivers in the world, it’s not a weight for him… but neither a limit.
QUESTION: What are your thoughts on your season?
ANSWER: The truth is that we started this last season with great desire and a good level, but for one thing or another we have had problems and the results have not been what we hoped. We have made an eighth in the overall of the World Championship, which is not bad but the goal is to reach the top 5. However, in the CET things have gone well and we have achieved very good results as the second place in the race of Galicia and a fourth place in the general ahead of drivers like Jeroni Fajardo and Jaime Busto, who are now very strong and they are so difficult to beat. My thoughts are possitive in general as we have learned many things.
Q: Being among the 8 best in the world with 21 years is a great achievement…
A: As I said before, being in the top 8 is not a bad result, since there is a lot of level in the World Championship, and if you’re a bit distracted you don’t take points, as happened to me in Japan. I am happy but the goal, and I think there is level for it, is the TOP 5.
Q: You are one of the great promises of Spain in the trial, what should Casales improve to be even better?
A: I think I’m too impulsive as a driver. Sometimes I don’t think things and I make trouble [laughs]. This is an important point to improve, as I think that’s what I need to give my 100%. I need to be cool-headed in the race!
Q: Do you see yourself representing Spain in a Trial des Nations trial one day?
A: It’s a goal I’ve always had in mind, to be honest. I would be very excited, it would be an honor to represent Spain and also share the team with the greatest like Toni Bou.
Q: Now that it’s been almost 2 years with Beta, what would you remark about the team how many differences do you see with Gas Gas?
A: Beta is a very professional team, they have a very meticulous work system. Gas Gas, on the other hand, works differently. The first year in Beta was really hard for me, but right now I’m happy with them. We understand each other very well and they know how to give me what I need. And most importantly, they are very keen and motivated when it comes to working.
Q: In the last 3 years you have finished 7th, 8th and 9th in Outdoor World Championship. Next year, do you see yourself capable of improving yourself?
A: I hope so! To be honest, I think I have the level, although I have to finish fine tuning in the race and keep working. You have to be stronger than ever to achive things like these.
Q: What are your short-, medium- and long-term goals?
A: In short- and medium-term, I would like to continue to work and train with great desire and try to reach the top 5 in the world, just like before. And in a longer term, the dream, and that is why I am here, 1,000 kms away from home, is to become world champion. But it is very, very, very difficult and I still have a lot of work and a lot of training ahead. But of course, dreaming is free!