Written by Team Oasis at 13:23 8/11-2017|
A very suprising name appeared on the transfer list yesterday. Yanik Arda, the star of Team Oasis moved to Tashkent Browncoats. Today he explains why he left.
How do you look back on your stay at Team Oasis?
"I've had a blast at Team Oasis. I never expected to reach such heights in my carreer. Manager Nooky Lair had a lot of confidence in me and that greatly helped to grow as a professional. I can remember he first sent me out as a captain. I was very nervous and didn't position myself well enough for the sprint. Nooky didn't mind, gave me another shot and i found out that in climbing races you cannot let just anyone escape if you really want to have the win. So for my third race i tried to apply what i learned and i won my very first big race (red: Rio Pico - Gas Nac). I was ecstatic and so was Nooky.
Those were very good times and with the team i had many since. I really loved being in Iran as well. Rostam Sirjani is such a nice chap to work with. Most of the time though i lived in this weird fantasy world called Efteling. It often was a trippy experience without having used any forbidden substances. Quite fun, but a bit alienating as well. It got a hold on Jim Deuring i recall, when he furious one day. What a havoc he created, oh lord!"
What was the reason then to move?
"Well after many seasons Team Oasis felt as home, but i noticed i started to tuck in. Two seasons ago i was supposed to have a good run at 3 or 4 downhill races in my best form. For some reason that form did not fnd its way in the race. I think then it started to show that i was not fresh and eager enough in my head anymore.
I discussed that with Nooky and he stated that he would like me to stay and mentor Gott to become my successor. Nooky explained that Gott was purchased to take over the role as captain if it was necessary. So i stayed and started coaching my younger team mates together with Sirjani. A good learning experience for me. This season Gott started to really shine and i feel this is the moment to leave. Oasis is in goods hands now. I thank Gott for this opportunity and wish him all the best. Goodbye my friends"
Why did u choose for Tashkent Browncoats
"Well its manager Mall has an infectuous enthousiasm about downhilling that brings me back to the old days. He has a team in the making and would love to contribute to its progress. Uzbekistan could be a cold place, much colder than what i am used to, but the spirit of the team is sure to keep me warm. Another nice challenge is to keep scoring for the team till Faltus is ready. That would be my biggest goal. There surely ain't lack of motivation."
I saw that, how was the team doing. He was ahead of some upcoming guys, which is good.
He debuted today with a 4th place in Neskaupstadur - Neskaupstadur. Little disappointed, but I'm sure his time will come :)
Sure hope he does. Was my biggest protegé.
Yanik Arda, the good spirit of all Downhillers :-) Good luck Yanik! Go add some div 4 wins to your palmares!
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