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GP Week : Issue 47
>>MOTOCHAT and last is not very big. Everything comes more to the limit now. Before, the first 10 laps were like looking, warming up; and then start the fight. Now it’s like from the start to the finish it’s full, and you are always fighting for tenths of a second. That is why you can’t see so many fights. Didn’t you prefer it the old way, with more battles and overtaking? (Enthusiastically) Yeah. Now it’s like you start the race, it’s set, and then … (he shows a procession with his hands). It’s not really good. At the moment, it seems Dorna changes the rules every two weeks. If you could change the rules, what would you change? First one, not to change the rules every two weeks! It’s a little bit crazy. The other thing: it looks like the racing is going in this direction, like every day more limit, like F1 for example. But I don’t know how I can stop this. Really. If you cut off totally the electronics, I don’t believe it will help for the fight. Away from the track … what was the last good movie you saw? Probably … The Last Samurai. Music? I listen almost every day – I like especially the Eighties. Phil Collins is one of my favourites. But also I listen to modern as well. Normally pop or rock. Can you recommend a good book? Apart from Don Quixote, of course. Probably … The Power of One [by Bryce Courtenay]. Finally, the demands of MotoGP are tough; it’s a crazy business, really. Do you ever get the start-line blues, where you suddenly wonder what on earth you’re doing? (laughs) Not on the start line, but sometimes when you are in hospital, you think: why am I doing this? Then when you are fine again, you go again …. 21