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GP Week : Issue 80
MOTO CHAT >> more? No. Once or twice. I ride with my friends. I started racing in motocross, when I was four years old. But when I was six I started also pocket-bikes. So I went to the street, and stayed also racing motocross, from the beginning. I went to do all the races with the pocket bike, but when there wasn't a race I would race motocross. I decided early to go with street bike, but I love the world of motocross. Because it is not so formal? Exactly. You have been very loyal to Honda throughout your career. Do you think they will continue to repay you? Sure ...Iam withHRC, so ... What is your contract position now? Next year depends on results. It's complicated, the contract ... it is not just Honda who decides. You don't seem too happy at the moment. [Lying 12th after the first free practice, he was decidedly glum.] Is there anything that you do want to talk about? My daughter Sara. I became a father on December 14, so that is a really nice point of my life. Now she is sleeping a lot, and smiling a lot. Fatherhood is Real Life, Part Two. But how does it affect you as a racer? It changes your life completely -- the responsibility, what you feel, how you see your life. But as a racer, at the moment I think it has made me better. 17