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Q&A: Rossi and Lorenzo.

As part of Fiat Yamaha's virtual launch, the team released the following quick-fire head-to-head Q&A with reigning MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi and 2008 rookie of the year Jorge Lorenzo…

Q: The best moment of 2008?
Valentino Rossi: I would say the battle at Laguna Seca.
Jorge Lorenzo: My first victory at Estoril.

Q: The worst moment of 2008?
VR: The crash in the GP of Assen, on the first lap.
JL: I think the crash at Montmeló and the one at Laguna Seca.

Q: Best thing you did this winter?
VR: Snowboarding.
JL: I took part in two charity events.

Q: Favourite non-MotoGP sporting moment of 2008, as a fan…
VR: When Inter won the derby against Milan.
JL: I think Usain Bolt's victory in the 100 metres in Peking [Beijing].

Q: One thing you would like to see improved on the 2009 M1.
VR: To improve the accelleration during long corners.
JL: At the moment we're definitely lacking a little in acceleration.

Q: Your championship top three for 2009?
VR: It's impossible to say, but the same as in 2008 would be good: Rossi, Stoner, Pedrosa.
JL: I think Rossi, Pedrosa, Stoner.

Q: Your championship top three for 2009 in 250cc?
VR: Simoncelli, Bautista, Barberà.
JL: Bautista, Simoncelli, Barberá.

Q: Your championship top three for 2009 in 125cc?
VR: Difficult, because until the first race you don't know who races in 125. I don't know who will be favourite for the championship, but I hope an Italian wins!
JL: Corsi, Terol, Simon.

Q: If you could make one rule change to MotoGP it would be…
VR: For sure less electronics and a return to 1000cc.
JL: I would remove traction control.

Q: If you could choose one new country to race in with MotoGP it would be…
VR: Ibiza! The Grand Prix of Ibiza!
JL: I'm sure 90% of people would say Brazil.

Q: What would you like to be doing in five years time?
VR: I don't know...I hope to be still racing with bikes.
JL: I'd like to be world champion and still enjoying the feeling of riding a motorcycle.

Q: What is your aim for 2009?
VR: My objective is to try to win the world championship.
JL: Be a bit better than in 2009!

Q: One new thing you'd like to learn to do…
VR: To improve my English but…I already know that I won't do it!
JL: I'd like to learn to play the guitar.

Q: Favourite Yamaha production bike…
VR: The new R1.
JL: I like the V-Max a lot.

Q: Favourite FIAT car…
VR: The new 500.
JL: I like the 500 and I even own one.

Q: One famous person you would like to meet this year.
VR: I don't know…a beautiful girl…Rosario Dawson!
JL: As a sportsman I would like to meet Michael Jordan.

Q: The last film you saw…
VR: I don't remember...maybe “No Country for Old Men”, by the Coen Brothers.
JL: The last film I saw was Vicky Cristina Barcelona by Woody Allen.

Q: Jorge's/Valentino's best attribute as a racer…
VR: He is a very brave rider.
JL: I think he is the most complete.

Q: And finally give a message to Jorge/Valentino…
VR: Jorge...This year you have one more year of experience and for sure you will be better. Improve your position in the championship but please don't arrive in front of me!
JL: Valentino, you have already won too much. Too many victories, too many titles… Leave it to the youngsters. We're hungry too and we need to eat!

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