Petr Pilat is one of the european young guns. His Dad who was a MX rider and later a mechanic gave him his first bike at 4 years old. Petr competed in his first motocross race at age six. At age seven he won his first event, and at nine he became the Czech champion in the 65 cc class. At age 10 he first tried FMX for the adrenaline, he says. His motto is I ride to live, and I live to ride! Along the way, the young star has been supported by an old star: Petr Kuchar, Europe’s first backflipper and the Czech Republic’s great FMX legend, was also there when Petr’s initial backflips landed him first in the foam pit and then in the dirt.
The seventeen year old KTM team rider from Czech Republic had a very successful 2008 season. He rode some events of the Red Bull X fighters and placed 3rd at the Freestyle.ch in Zürich
Q & A
First of all, tell us some basics about you - where do you come from, how old are you and what is your mission?
I am 17 years old, live in Pysely which is a small village about 50 kilometres from Prague. My mission? I’m trying to recognize where are my true limits... That is the point for me. Enjoy every day, have fun with friends, I am simply happy to be alive. Ride hard, play hard.
How and when did you start riding MX bikes and what affected you to do FMX?
My daddy was a MX rider and than a mechanic after his career. So when I was about 4 years old he gave me my first bike. I started my FMX career at the age of eleven when Petr Kuchar built the first ramp for me. I would like to thank Petr who along with my Dad has been the most influential person for my riding. I rode motocross and than did FMX when I had some free time but after some time I decided to do FMX like a full-time job.
Training is one of the most important bases of FMX. Do you have your own FMX compound and how do you train?
Yes I have my own compound in Cercany which is a small city near my place. I have about five ramps right now, one landing and a foam pit. I ride there three times a week usually and I organize a show there in the summer. All Czech FMX riders are there, my friends who do BMX have an exhibition and people are crazy about it I think! There were more than 1500 spectators there this year. Free ticket for everybody, just funny jam!