FreestyleXtreme Magazine Issue 25 - Page 60

MotoGP bikes are powerful and electronic control is now so strong and difficult to use properly; if you do it well it can be a friend if not then an enemy. At the moment he is a very complete MotoGP rider. “ If someone is beating us then I’m happy if it is Cal. He deserves it. He is a super guy. Some people call him a bigmouth… but we need bigmouths like that. He is full of life and MotoGP needs him. 60 | FreestyleXtreme.com Lastly two of your ex-riders have won the first two rounds of MotoGP. What’s your emotion seeing Andrea and Cal making those achievements? Yes! I’m proud. I know Andrea had a tough time when he was dumped by HRC and he came to us and got some great results, I think it was six or seven podiums in 2012. We had a really good year that helped him to bounce back and be hired by the Ducati factory and I have no doubt that he would succeed. He was perhaps not as charismatic as some other guys but I knew his level and his commitment. I knew if someone would trust him then he would not disappoint them. Every time I see him in front I have a good feeling and regarding Cal I would say it is the same, maybe even more. When Dovi came he was already a 250cc World Champion. Cal was a rookie and came from Superbike and is not an easy transition. His first year was difficult. Cal and I have two different characters and we had some proper fights! But he thanked me for that and said I was the first one to stand in front of him. After the race in Argentina we spoke for a long time. I was really happy to see him on the top step and if someone is beating us then I’m happy if it is Cal. He deserves it. He is a super guy. Some people call him a bigmouth but we need bigmouths like that. He is full of life and MotoGP needs him. I’m proud also to have worked three years with him. It is a good feeling to see two ex-Tech3 riders win the first two races but when I say ‘proud’ it is not because I feel they owe me or us Frf"7W&RFWVVBW2Fw&rBvRVVBFVFw&rBFN( 2B