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GP Week : Issue 56
>>MOTOGPCHAT I’m sure my dirt-track buddies are laughing when they read my quotes, talking about how this bike can be so much different. It’s got two tyres and gas: c’mon. Just ride it! I know it’s a lot in the riders’ head, but I’ve joked: I don’t know what they’ve cleaned the bike with, because sometimes you go out from morning to afternoon and they didn’t change one thing on the bike and it’s completely different. They are working at trying to make the bike more … I don’t know if friendly is the right word, but more consistent, predictable, so you can find that level, and then start working there. Are you having to try harder to enjoy yourself this year? When something means this much to you and it’s not just a hobby and not just a job, and the results don’t come, sure it can beat you down. And I probably at times let it affect me too much. I can say there’ve been some long flights home from some of these races. It’s not fun. It sometimes takes a couple of days, then you realise, you know … it’s a bad season but it’s certainly not a bad life. You haven’t been driven to drink yet? (Laughs) We joke that I’m gonna be on the bottle soon. Somebody bought me a bottle of tequila in Laguna. I guess it was fan who felt sorry for me. Do you still ride on the road? I have a CBR1000 that I ride, but I don’t see much action. But I have a scooter that I ride. I enjoy it. Me and my brothers we take our scooters to lunch and cruise around and it always turns into a race. That’s why I don’t ride on the street much. I’m not programmed to do 45 mph on a side street. I’m programmed to be a racer. 21