Former Enduro Junior World Champion and multiple Italian Champion, Giacomo Redondi, packed his bags and headed stateside this winter.
There was no factory-backed, big money deal pulling him across the pond though – Redondi upped and left with his close family and friends to spend time living and training in the SoCal sun.
After the 2017 EnduroGP season it was time for a change in his professional racing life and it has already brought rewards with an overall win at WORCS round two.
So we had to catch-up with Giacomo and ask: What is the crack?
Hey Giacomo, what's up? Are you living in the US full time now?
Giacomo Redondi: “Yeah dude!! After a sixth place in the EnduroGP class last year, the offer proposed to me wasn’t the one I wanted. So I decided with two friends and my mom to move in California to race, train and rent bikes for people to train also.
What’s the plan with your racing for 2018 - the WORCS series and what else?
Yes, the main goal for this season is the WORCS series plus I will do couple of other races here in California like the EnduroCross, AMA Big6.
Do you plan to go back to race in Europe during 2018?
No, I will not just here in America but also the two Italian rounds of EnduroGP series, The Wall at Trentino and the Italy GP at Edolo.
I’ll do four rounds of Italian championship too supported by RedMoto.
Photo Credit: H Foley
We are used to seeing you ride Hondas, are KTM supporting you in the USA?
A little but not really. It is not as a factory rider or anything but KTM have helped me with the price to buy the bike plus here they have the contingency for bonuses at the race so we can make it work if we get the job done!
Which KTM model are you riding and what spec is it?
I’m on a 450 SX-F but I’m racing with a standard bike just fitted with an 18” wheel, bigger fuel tank and factory WP suspension. Very standard!
You’ve been racing in the WORCS series so far. How was it?
WORCS is going well, I was pleased with my race in Vegas but I was not really lucky that weekend. But for a minor technical problem I could have finished with a better result.
The next round worked out perfect though! A win in round two was awesome! I am happy about my speed and fitness and I knew I’d be strong once we got to the faster tracks in the deserts of Utah, California, Nevada, Arizona.
Photo Credit: H Foley
Is the training and riding as good as everyone says it is in California?
Yes, it is, no question! Perfect tracks and weather. I ride a lot in the MX tracks for training and in some ranches of friends like Kyle Redmond. It is a great place to live and train for racing.
How is American life and culture - very different to Italy?
Here is everything bigger and I love the Cali life! As for the food there is my mom here to fix that!
Jon PearsonEnduro21 Editor and Bike Testerjon.firstname.lastname@example.org