Viki Gomez: Goodwood Festival of Speed Interview

We caught up with Viki as he showed off his Flatland skills in the Goodwood Gas Arena.

Viki Gómez showing off his flatland skills at Goodwood
Viki Gómez's Flatland Skills in Action at Goodwood© rutgerpauw.com/Red Bull Content Pool

So Goodwood  is usually all about motorsports, what brings you here and what have you been doing this weekend?
I was taking part in shows for the GAS arena where they showcase action sports at  Goodwood Festival of Speed. I've been doing a Flatland show in between all the disciplines, FMX, Dirt Jump, bike trials, Motorbike trials, it’s been very nice to get to know those riders.

Excellent and how has it gone down?
I think I got the best reception, because my show is right in the middle, everyone can see me! I’m next to the big screen and really on show it seems like people loved it and I’ve had lots of compliments

Are you a big car and motorsports fan?
Yeah, I’m a big motorsports fan, I own my own Go-Kart it’s a 25cc, this is my second sport I practice when I can.

Any you a big fan of any drivers in particular?
Sebastian Vettel, I met him yesterday and we got a picture together. He’s the one I admire the most, he’s very young and he has the motivation, I follow F1 and see his achievements, I like him a lot.

If you were an F1 driver would your style be: a) Cool and smooth like Jenson Button; b) Cunning and tactical like Fernando Alonso or Michael Schumacher, or; c) Passionate and intense like Sebastian Vettel or Lewis Hamilton?

It has to be cunning and tactical like Fernando, I like his style.

We saw you won the Bike Days Contest in Switzerland. What else has been going on for you recently?
Well I won a contest in Costa Rica, that was a great experience and next I’m competing in the Red Bull Circle of Balance in Kyoto, it’s very special event for me as I’ve won it a few times, so it’s a really big highlight for me.

What’s the funniest or weirdest thing a fan has ever said to you or done?
Hmm this is a tough one sometimes they send me an email, without saying hello or anything saying “send me a bike”, it’s weird they’re not polite at all! I’m like sure, I don’t know you or anything of course I’ll send you a bike ?! What’s the address, ha ha!

What’s the worst crash you’ve had?
I don’t have many bad crashes, I twisted my ankle once very badly, I was out for one month, but luckily nothing too bad. With Flatland you tend to get more sprain injuries because it’s very artistic.

What do you think has been the secret to your success for such a long time?
I think I learned a good basic level of tricks and variety and it’s easy more to create new tricks and styles each year. I think this is my advantage and it means I can still kick ass.

If you hadn’t become a pro rider, what would you have done as a career?
I don’t know, I am an artist inside so something relating to that I’m sure.

What’s next for you this year?
I’m going to the Maldives for 10 days to do shows with Red Bull, then I go to Japan, then back to Europe, lots of travel, I’m getting more and more invitations all the time. It’s getting crazy!

Describe yourself in three words…
Wow this is hard but I guess I’d say epic, positive and creative.