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GP Week : Issue 191
5 MINUTES continued ... because it is the same bike, same material, same equipment et cetera, but at the end if you are looking for a championship, the first guy you have to beat is yourself. You have to have the determination to overcome things you don’t like, the strength to do things you don’t like, to keep up with your training and your belief. In general you have many things, things that are in you, like riding and training; things that are in the team – like the bike, the settings, the parts and development. The first guy you have to beat is yourself. If you afraid of something, or if you are not willing to step it up and do things you are not comfortable with, you will stay in the same place. Your success has made you very famous, but seeing you with the crowds, you don’t seem comfortable with your fame. Yes, more or less. I don’t know why but I feel very comfortable when I am in private, with my friends and people that I know more closely. I feel a little ... strange when I am out there and so many people are looking at me, or want something from me. What is the biggest pleasure on a MotoGP bike? Of course the adrenaline; but your desire, your passion is complete when you drive it. It is like when you have been in love, and it is someone you are missing, when you meet this person then you feel like you are filled up. And when she is gone you feel empty. When you ride you feel you don’t need anything else. Anything you are having at this moment is perfect. It is personal in a way because the centre of gravity is always moving, even when you move your head up and down – that is why it is very complicated to make a simulator for a bike. It’s quite curious to see how many different riding styles and how many different ways to make a lap time. In any kind of Motocross, you can see many different ways to do it but more or less everyone is the same speed ... of course there are some riders who are always on top but it’s unbelievable how this style or another style, riding different ways, so close. In top level road-racing ... not so much. But it’s been changing with the bikes. Now the style is to be very, very low; before was more with the bike, now everybody is with their arms out. Do you touch your elbow ever? (Laughs) No, my arms are not so long. In seven years you’ve never been lower than fifth overall, three times second, twice third. What would winning the title mean to you? In one way, it would be much, because it is something I dreamed about. There are many people behind me trying to help me with this, and fans who wish to celebrate with me. But the other way, not that much, because really what you get from this is the experience of living this, and the emotions you get with the people you live with in this moment. If one day you win or you make whatever you make, this will disappear. But you will keep what you lived, what emotions you had with the guys you worked. It’s a passionate thing that I do. Finally, it’s a number. Mathematically I still have a chance this year ... but at this moment I’m just trying to enjoy every race, and we will see. 5 MINUTES WITH dANI PEdROSA 21 GPWEEK.com // 21 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: