KAWASAKI: Georgey, what have you been up to for the last 11 months since retiring?
LUKE GEORGE: I was flat out for a couple of weeks there after I retired, I got into mining but I realized that wasn’t living doing that 12 hours a day. While I was mining I had a lot of people ringing me about coaching, when I could start coaching their kids and things like that so that sparked an idea in my head and I decided to go with it and as you guys know when I do something it’s either 200% or nothing at all so I went for it and gave it my best shot and now the coaching is going absolutely amazing. I’m doing it sometimes 6 or 7 days a week and I’m having a lot of fun in the process.
K: Riding 6 or 7 days a week, you’re probably still pretty quick on the KX?
LG: Definitely. Right at this point my speed is probably the best it ever has been because I’m out there having fun and I’m not out there trying to break lap records every day and bust my guts. I’m just out there having fun with all the kids and showing them the techniques that I’ve learnt over the years. It’s going really good and it’s teaching me a lot of things about my riding that I never knew. Right now I’m riding the best I ever have.
K: The best you’ve ever ridden? That’s a big call having won an Australian Championship.
LG: Yeah, on the KX450F at the start, I was a bit hesitant but I’ve been on it a year now and riding it 6 days a week, it’s probably more than I ever rode before and I’m still cycling and running just for fun. With all the running up mountains and stuff I do when I go shooting my fitness is still right there.
K: You don’t race for Kawasaki anymore but you still choose the green bike for all of your coaching?
LG: I’ve been on Kawasaki for a few years now. They were really good to me when I won my Championship. Stepping away from the sport, I thought that all of my main sponsors were going to push me aside, I didn’t want to be a pro rider anymore so I didn’t think that they’d need me or want me but it hasn’t been like that. Some sponsors are helping me out just as much, others are helping me out even more.
K: Do you miss competing and do you ever get the urge to line up at the occasional National here or there?
LG: Not too much but it’s still early days since I retired. I’m not putting out of the question that I could be back racing professionally one day. It’s changed me, stepping away from the sport and having a bit of fun. I really enjoy it now, before it sort of turned into a job. It was my daily routine and I wasn’t having as much fun.
K: You’ve been riding a 450 for the last year. What would you want to ride if you did race again?
LG: That’s one of the reasons I’m really enjoying riding the 450. Before when I was the Lites Champ, I was right up there every weekend on the Lites bike but I never really knew how I’d go on a 450 because I’d never ridden one. Now I know I can ride one really good and really fast. I know I can ride either a 250 or a 450 and do what’s best for me so that’s in my favour.
K: You’re good mates with Chad Reed, what was your reaction to “the crash” when you saw it?
LG: You’ve got to take your hat off to Chad and what he’s done with that team, getting it up there as one of the top teams. It was a big crash, he said it didn’t really affect him but as we can all see now it did affect him and he hasn’t been the same since the crash. It’ll be interesting when he gets back to Australia and he comes shooting and fishing with me. When it’s just me and him I’ll ask what happened and find out the details.
K: Tell us about the newest addition.
LG: Yeah me and my girlfriend Logan actually just got a purebred Alpine Dingo. As you know I’m big on my hunting so what more could you want than an Alpine Dingo to help you.
K: Thanks Luke and all the very best. We know you’ll be successful in whatever you choose to do.
LG: Thanks Kawasaki.