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Q&A: Massimo Meregalli - Yamaha

I think I signed my first agreement with Yamaha Motor Italia in 1987. There was maybe one year when I rode with Aprilia but apart from that its all been Yamaha. I spend more time with Yamaha than with my family! Fortunately I live very close to the office, Yamaha is part of my life.

Q:
Away from the track you continue to train almost as hard as a current rider, why is that?

MM:
I love to run and cycle, It doesn't cost me any effort and I find it fun. Sometimes it is difficult for me to stop thinking about my job, I am always thinking about one thing or another at home so I use these activities to have a break for my mind.

Q:
Is it something you would like to do professionally?

MM:
No, I've never thought about doing anything different from racing. This is my job, my life and my passion. It's hard to say that it's just a job, I am lucky to be in this environment, its automatic for me to put a lot of effort into it without being tired.

Q:
What are your plans this year?

MM:
Ben Spies, Kevin Schwantz and I are planning a marathon on the 10th of July in the Dolomites, I think it's going to be a really tough one! Ben is going to do the long loop, 140km, I will probably do the short one which is 100km. As you can imagine it's going to be tough in the mountains!

Q:
Any races are you looking forward to in particular this year?

MM:
Definitely Laguna Seca. When I was managing the Supersport team I was hoping to go there, I started in 2001 and that was the first year they didn't go. Then when I was managing the World Superbike Team Dorna had the rights to race at Laguna and so Superbike went to Miller Motorsports Park at Salt Lake City so I missed out again. Finally this year I get to go! I am attracted to the US, Laguna is a very special circuit and it reminds me a bit of Brands Hatch. For me Brands was the best race in the World Superbike Championship!




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Lorenzo and Spies, Sepang MotoGP tests, 22-24 February 2011, photo courtesy of Yamaha
Lorenzo and Spies, Sepang MotoGP tests, 22-24 February 2011, photo courtesy of Yamaha
Lorenzo and Spies, Sepang MotoGP tests, 22-24 February 2011, photo courtesy of Yamaha
Lorenzo and Spies, Sepang MotoGP tests, 22-24 February 2011, photo courtesy of Yamaha
Lorenzo and Spies, Sepang MotoGP tests, 22-24 February 2011, photo courtesy of Yamaha
Lorenzo and Spies, Sepang MotoGP tests, 22-24 February 2011, photo courtesy of Yamaha
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Forward racing Yamaha, Czech MotoGP 2014
Forward racing Yamaha, Czech MotoGP 2014
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Lorenzo, Indianapolis MotoGP 2014.
Ben Carlson leads, XR1200 race 2, Indianapolis MotoGP 2014.
Ben Carlson leads, XR1200 race 2, Indianapolis MotoGP 2014.
Meregalli and Jarvis, Indianapolis MotoGP 2014
Jorge Lorenzo resigns for Yamaha (pic: Yamaha)
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Southerner

March 28, 2011 4:11 PM

George has his great winning combo of Wilco and Ramon. Ben has his side sorted with Maio and House. The continuity within the Yamaha camp stands them in good stead for the season.Within the factory teams they definitely have the most balanced setup. The HRC camp is formidable with a lot of pressure on their riders Dani,Casey,Dovi and Simmo to win the title this year.No doubt all 4 riders are aware of the probability that HRC will probably run 2 factory bikes next year,not 4,so there is a certain pressure there.No pressure in the Yamaha camp.The Honda's Qatar performance was great.In Jerez,win they may,but Yamaha on paper should be a lot stronger than Qatar suggests.



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