With about four weeks to recover between his South American trip and this weekend’s GP of Euskadi, Enduro21.com had a chitchat with the likeable Estonian to find out what he’s been up to and what were his impressions of Chile and Argentina.
“The first two rounds of the championship were extremely physical,” remarked Aigar. “Once I got home I took a couple of days off to relax and try to recover my body. I spent some time with my family and friends, had a barbeque at my house and just generally had some fun.
“The break between the races gave me the opportunity to do some local races. I did a local motocross and a two-hour cross-country race. It was a lot of fun with no pressure. I also built a new enduro track at my house to train on. I was able to use some local forestry as well, which will help me to improve my speed in these conditions.”
However, with Aigar producing some standout results in Chile, you may have thought the local Estonian press would have been to keen to find out about his racing but instead, as Aigar explains, they really wanted to know about how he survived the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Talca, Chile.
“Yeah, that was so funny,” laughs Aigar. “Once I got home my local newspapers phoned me up, but instead of asking about the race they kept asking me about the earthquake! They asked how was the ground moving, was it scary?”
Well, was it scary Aigar?
“I was in the swimming pool of the hotel when it first started. At first I couldn’t understand what was happening. Suddenly the waves were crashing over the top of my head and then I realised that this shouldn’t be happening and that I needed to get out of there. I managed to run downstairs and get outside to see the eight-storey building swaying side to side. It was crazy, but looking back now it was cool to experience something like that.”