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Q&A: Suzi Perry

Lewis is an interesting one really. I think all winter they have played it down and sandbagged and he wasn't sure if they would win a race and I think they will win a race. They will win races. Are they going to be up for the championship? I don't know. But it is a tantalising prospect isn't it? The thought of another manufacturer being right up there is great and if they can make headway, after slightly underperforming over the last few years, then that is a good thing. It brings them up to the front and into the mix and the more teams that are at the front end the better racing for all of us.

Everyone got excited about testing and how Mercedes did but I still think you don't know. You don't go and watch a football team warm-up and pick which team is going to win. And this is the same thing. You don't know.

Can Red Bull Racing make it four titles in a row this year?

Suzi Perry:
They haven't showed any reasons for me to think they won't or can't make it four in a row. But you have still got so many other drivers around that could spoil the Red Bull chase down. Again a mouth watering prospect....

Switching to two-wheels and MotoGP, what do you think of Valentino Rossi's move back to Yamaha?

Suzi Perry:
I'm so excited about this year in MotoGP. Rossi should never have left Yamaha in the first place. Easy to say now, but I think I said that at the time. He gave me the ['it's me or Lorenzo'] interview at the end of the 2009 season and it made headlines across the globe, although not many in Britain took notice. He shouldn't have gone to Ducati really. I felt it was a bit of an ego driven move, with what was going on with Jorge [Lorenzo, team-mate], which wasn't the right reason. I'm glad to see him back with Yamaha. I feel as though he has almost wasted two years in a way. I think we could see him back on the top step of the podium this year. That would be great, because so many people have written him off. I just want him to come back and stick two fingers up at those people! For so many years he propped up that sport [MotoGP]. He was the hook that they hung their coat on and I'm really surprised that so many journalists switched quite quickly off to him. I was quite shocked by that. From his point of view - and from his team's point of view as well, his mechanics that have been with him all the way - I really hope they do well this year. I think Jorge is the man to beat, but we'll see.

How do you see the British riders doing in MotoGP?

Suzi Perry:
On the British side, Cal [Crutchlow]'s been terrific. An absolute revelation in the sport. So fingers crossed for him and we've got Bradley [Smith] and Michael [Laverty] arriving. It's going to be good. The last few years of MotoGP have been a little bit flat. There have obviously been spikes of brilliance and genius from different riders, and different races have provided the entertainment. But not as much - I hate to say it - as probably the year I left. It seemed to sort of flatten after that. Nothing to do with me! I think this year will be great. I know a lot of guys in F1 watch MotoGP so I'll be in there during the breaks to see how it's going.

You didn't want to make any specific predictions for F1, but what about MotoGP?

Suzi Perry:
No, I won't make a prediction on that either. I like it when you can't predict something. Last year I could have said Casey [Stoner], but I don't like that because I like racing. I love Valentino. I have got friends within that paddock but ultimately all I ever wanted to do was see a really good race. So prediction wise, I don't know. But I will predict it'll be the best season in the last few years. I also think it'll take until the first three races to see who is really going to shine.

by Rob Wilkins

Tagged as: Suzi Perry , Perry , BBC Sport

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Suzi Perry, Catalunya MotoGP 2004
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Suzy Perry (GBR), BBC TV, Grand Prix World Championship,  Round 7, Catalunya, Spain, 10 June 2007
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