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GP Week : Issue 65
How was it, moving from Honda to KTM, an Austrian company? I think it is not normal a Japanese rider goes from a Japanese company to a di erent company. I thought it was going to be more di cult, but the KTM people treated me so good, so I didn't feel so much stress. From the beginning we could make a good result. But unfortunately in the second and third year we had some bad luck. It was interesting, and for me a very great experience. Were you surprised that Honda took you back? Normally the rider who goes out from Honda never comes back. Japanese riders never. So I am -- thanks to Honda that they accept me. I feel lucky. Where do you live? In Barcelona, since I started in GPs. I go to Japan when it is possible. Let's say if I go on holiday, I go to Japan. What do you miss about Japan? Japanese rice. Does the team ever give you Japanese food? Sometimes they make risotto for me. It's di erent, but it is rice. How about music? What was the last track you listened to? I like Japanese pop. Also I like black music, but I don't know the names. And Coldplay -- many kinds of music. The last I listened to was Japanese pop. What's your favourite country? I like Australia. I only know around Phillip Island, but I like the feeling. When were you happiest. (Long pause) I don't know yet. MOTOGP CHAT >> 19