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GP Week : Issue 163
Before that test, there were five races. Is it true you didn’t try any new settings in that time? I could not. As I said at a weekend it is difficult. When you have 45 minutes what do you do – test the bike, or make a lap time? The earlier test in Portugal was washed out. Barcelona was our first test. We modified the bike like we wanted to in Portugal, and it felt better. Doing what, exactly? We worked more with the new suspension that Showa gave us, but especially the position of the bike. We put a little bit more weight on the front to make it turn in better. What’s the target this year? Always to improve –the bike, and myself. I would like to fight to make some podiums. And next year? (Laughs heartily) Now I have not a clear situation about next year. I would like to remain here because I did a big change from the last year to here, and I would like to continue this war. I will know the bike better, the team better, and my chief mechanic and all the technicians will know me better. Like with Suzuki the first year was difficult, but at the end of last year I think we did a good job. It’s important to be consistent and always work with the same people. Has there been any contact with Suzuki? Not really. I saw Paul Denning (former team boss) in Silverstone and we spoke about how they are testing a 1000 bike, but nothing important. I would be happy if Suzuki came back again, not because I can go with them or something but I think Suzuki need to be here. Moving to the big class meant you missed a chance to race Moto2. Are you sorry? No! Because many riders are very close and very big battles. I’m happy I came to MotoGP. Do you agree that Moto2 is a bit scary? Yes, and especially in its first year, because many riders came from other categories without experience. It was dangerous. Not so much this year, because the riders have more experience. Any changes in your life since coming to MotoGP? No. I live in the same town with my girlfriend, have the same friends – my life continues as before. It’s in Talavera de la Reina, 100km from Madrid. A quiet place. I like it because I can train. Buy yourself any nice presents – a Porsche or something? I don’t like to spend money on unnecessary things. Cars I like but not enough to buy an expensive car. Mercedes left me with a C-class to use. It is not mine. Really I don’t have a car. I have a scooter to move round the city. But I cannot say which make because (laughs) it is confidential. In the years I’ve known you, you almost always seem to be laughing. Are you just always happy? (Laughs) I try, but not always. The thing is, if I am sad you can see in my face. And if I am happy. I’m learning to try not, but it is difficult. For example, today has been a disaster day, a problem with the bike, but I try always to be positive and think –tomorrow will be better. I try and keep my mind clear, and no worries. And always I laugh in my life. I am a happy guy. More or less. 5 MINUTES 18 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: