MotoGP » 1 January 1901
Q&A: Brivio and Romagnoli.
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's team manager Davide Brivio and 2008 rookie of the year Jorge Lorenzo's team manager Daniele Romagnoli...
Q: What's your best memory of 2008?
Davide Brivio: The race at Laguna Seca. No doubt.
Daniele Romagnoli: Estoril, the first time Jorge won and the first time I went on the podium with him.
Q: And your worst?
Daniele Romagnoli: Jorge's fall during the practice in Barcelona, and the first race I saw myself on TV.
Davide Brivio: Assen. The first lap, when Valentino fell.
Q: Your championship top 3 for 2009 in MotoGP?
Daniele Romagnoli: Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner.
Davide Brivio: Rossi, Stoner, Lorenzo. I hope.
Q: Who will be the biggest threat to your rider in 2009?
Daniele Romagnoli: Valentino Rossi.
Davide Brivio: Stoner, who declared he'll be more aggressive.
Q: Describe your rider in three words.
Davide Brivio: Entertaining, loyal, very motivated.
Daniele Romagnoli: Determined, aggressive and never happy.
Q: Name the rider from the past with whom you'd most like to have worked?
Davide Brivio: Wayne Rainey.
Daniele Romagnoli: Freddie Spencer.
Q: If you had to pick up a different sport to work in, what would it be?
Daniele Romagnoli: Formula 1.
Davide Brivio: Rally.
Q: Who's your favourite non motorcycle sportsperson?
Davide Brivio: Maldini, because at the age of 40 he's still at the top.
Daniele Romagnoli: Michael Schumacher.
Q: If you could change one rule in MotoGP, what would it be?
Daniele Romagnoli: One winter test less.
Davide Brivio: The rule about changing of motorbike in the case of rain.
Q: If you could have been a professional sportsman, you would have been a…?
Davide Brivio: Rally navigator or driver.
Daniele Romagnoli: Valentino Rossi.
Q: The best thing about Yamaha M1?
Davide Brivio: It's easy to handle.
Daniele Romagnoli: Its agility.
Q: The best thing about working for Yamaha?
Daniele Romagnoli: The people who work there.
Davide Brivio: The respect between the people who work there.
Q: If you could choose one new country to race in with MotoGP, it would be…
Davide Brivio: I'd go to South Africa again.
Daniele Romagnoli: I'd go to Brazil again.
Q: What would you like to be doing in five years time?
Daniele Romagnoli: The way things are at present, I'd hope to be still in MotoGP.
Davide Brivio: I hope to be in a new challenge, maybe a new sport. It could be the America's Cup, or rally... And start again from scratch.
Q: One new thing you would like to learn to do?
Davide Brivio: Sailing.
Daniele Romagnoli: Airplane pilot.
Q: Favorite Yamaha production bike?
Daniele Romagnoli: T-Max.
Davide Brivio: T-Max, I always use one.
Q: Favorite FIAT car?
Davide Brivio: Croma.
Daniele Romagnoli: FIAT Punto Abarth.
Q: One famous person you would like to meet this year.
Daniele Romagnoli: Angus Young, the guitar player for AC/DC.
Davide Brivio: Mourinho, I'd ask him a lot of questions.
Q: Finally, please give a message to Daniele/Davide...
Davide Brivio: Daniele, try to keep your rider calm, the most important thing is not to fall. There'll be a time for winning, he doesn't need to do it now!
Daniele Romagnoli: Don't sleep too well!
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