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GP Week : Issue 45
>>MOTOGPCHAT You’re a family man now. Was it a big adjustment, to carry on racing? I have one daughter, born in 2007. For racing, nothing changed. Of course I am more busy when I am at home (laughs), and I need to be a little bit more at home, for sure. But in the paddock and on the track for me nothing changed, because when you put your helmet on you don’t think about anything else. Jarno Saarinen is a bike racing legend. Did he mean anything to you, growing up? Of course I heard many things and saw some books. He is the first and only Finnish World Champion in this sport. But he was not my hero or my idol. When I arrived here for the first time in the paddock, everyone knew about Jarno. It was a little bit surprising for me because in Finland no-one speaks about Jarno or old riders. He was a much bigger hero here than in Finland. Did you have any racing hero or role model? Yeah. When I was five to seven, I was always watching Schwantz. He was my hero … maybe his riding style, and he was always giving his best: he won or crashed. What sort of stuff do you like? Any music? Not really – what’s on the radio in the car. Best movie? Best movie. (puzzled pause, then:): When I watch, two days later I forget what I was watching. It’s not so special for me, music and movies and so on. How do you relax? If I have the chance to go Finland, we have a summer cottage. There is no electric, nothing. When you go there you are alone, and there is nothing. Just the radio. We have some nice areas, and I like fishing. For salmon, and then … I don’t know the name in English – hauki (pike). But the biggest is nine or ten kilos. I don’t like fish so much, but when I catch a nice fish, then it’s good. 21