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GP Week : 13-Oct-2009
GPWEEK: Another year ... will you ever stop? LORIS CAPIROSSI: Since 2006, I always sign contracts for one year only, because maybe at the end of the next season I want to stop. I want to decide by myself. I don't want to have a contract to decide for me. My feeling until now is 100 percent. I feel really good. I really enjoy riding the bike. When I am home for more than two weeks, I want to come back. This is why I am still here after 20 seasons. You've won 125 and 250 championships. Is it important to try and add MotoGP to the list? The dream is to try to win that also, but I know that is not really easy. I lost the title in 2006 [riding a Ducati, he was knocked out of contention in a first-corner crash at Barcelona]. That was the closest, for me. The rest is difficult, but I really believe 100 percent in my team and in my bike. I believe in Suzuki still working really hard to try to improve our project. AlwaysItrymybest--Itrainalottohave the best condition I can. I don't want to lose nothing on the way. I want to have everything fine all the time. The Suzuki does seem to have improved in the latter part of the season. I think the bike is coming back a little compared with the past. We improved a little bit, sure. But I am a little bit upset about the new rules. It makes it difficult to develop, when we have less chance to test. Next year we have only six engines for all season. How you try to have more power? To improve things? This is really difficult. For sure we are close to the top guys, but still a little bit back. We have to work more. And we don't have the chance to do that. This is a problem. I think the potential of Suzuki factory is really strong, but we need opportunity, we need time, we need to risk some time -- but with the new rules, it is difficult. Is it a big disadvantage for Suzuki, having only two riders? Yeah, for sure. Yamaha or Honda have many more riders. They can work more on develaopment. Just with two riders, we have to follow one way, maximum two ways. What do you need from the Suzuki? We have worked a lot to find the best solution for chassis setting. From last year we have two chassis upgrades. We need to have more durability from tyres -- we need to put more pressure on the tyres, so when it is cold for us it is harder. And we are working a lot on the feeling, the connection between the throttle and the power. Our bike is powerful ... not as much as out competitors, but we are a little bit closer. We need to continue. Also the electronic management of everything -- traction control, ride by wire ... - we have to work a little bit. But we made big step compared last year anyway. How much of the problem is the Mitsubishi electronics package, when almost everyone else except Honda uses Magneti Marelli? We talk a lot to the factory about that ... but it's not easy to decide to change. For sure cooperation between Suzuki and Mitsubishi is really strong. I really hope to find the best solution with this, because it is not plain. How has your riding style changed over 20 years of racing? I really love to ride on the limit. When I have a good feeling I always had a very aggressive style. I like to make bike do what I want. But it is coming a bit more towards smooth, and trying to understand everything more. Electronics help a lot on that side. Are you safer now? No. The same as in the past. I like to try to find the limit. I crash sometimes, also. In MotoGP, nearly every rider crashes from the front, because we try to find the limit on the front wheel, because electronics help with the rest. ßBut when I crashed a couple of times this year, I crashed always from the rear. Our electronics are not great to control everything. For me I try to fight against the electronics, to reduce them. For me, it destroys the sport. It is coming more ... tough. It's not nice. How many more years will you carry on? I don't want to say next year is the last one. As long as I can enjoy it, and find a competitive team and bike, I can ride. When I feel I am tired then I really will stop. Maybe next year, maybe one more. But I feel really good now. And after racing? I don't really know yet. I want to keep time to stay with my family, to stay home, to work on my bikes. My son is two-and-a-half, and he changed my life 100 percent in the best way. I have lived in Monte Carlo for a long time -- I have a big apartment there and I have nothing in Italy now, so I will stay there. I have my small own business there, rebuilding property. Buy a property and fix it. Started that six or seven years ago, and it is coming good. I never have big, big parties. I don't like that ... just an easy life. What bikes do you have? Many. Many trials bikes, motocross bikes -- I have the two 125s when I won the World Championship, and the Aprilia I won the 250 championship with. I have my first 250. I have two Ducati MotoGP bikes ... Do you ever ride on the street? I have a Suzuki 1000 -- but I don't really like to ride on the road, because for me it is quite difficult to go slowly. Always when I am on the bike I have to overtake ... even if it is a policeman ahead of me! ... And cars? I have a couple of modern cars, but also some nice really old cars -- one 1931 and one 1934 Model T Ford -- original body, but not the engine. I drive them whenever I can. I have one Cadillac 1971, one Dodge Charger 1969. I love American cars. I also like country music: I have a lot of CDs. I learned a little bit my English with country music. I really understand American more than proper English now. The adventurous former 125 and 250 champ has signed for another season with Suzuki. Will the feisty and cheerful Italian ever tire of racing? MICHAEL SCOTT asked ... 5 MINUTES WITH ... LORIS CAPIROSSI 18