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Q&A: Davide Brivio

A Q&A session with Valentino Rossi's team manager Davide Brivio, released by the team to coincide with this morning's official unveiling of the 2010 Fiat Yamaha livery at Sepang in Malaysia...
Q:
Year after year Valentino remains at the top of his sport, what do you think his secret is?

Davide Brivio:
There is no secret, it is all about a hard job. He has a great talent, but he also spends a lot of time in preparation and training before the races and, during the weekend in the preparation of the bike and the setup. He has a great motivation in remaining at the top and that's his power point.

Q:
Who do you think Valentino's biggest threat is this year for the championship, and why?

Davide Brivio:
I would put Stoner and Lorenzo at the same level because at the end of last season they were very strong. These four riders will be the main players for the championship. Other rookies could be a surprise, like Ben [Spies] and Simoncelli. I think that for the championship we have to consider these three or four riders.

Q:
Valentino admits that there were times when he made mistakes last year. How do you plan to make sure that doesn't happen again this year?

Davide Brivio:
We made few mistakes in wet races, where we are not traditionally very strong. From 2009 we learnt that all competitors are very strong and very motivated and we have to consider them at the top level. Sometimes we will have to accept to finish behind them, if it is not possible to win. This is the biggest lesson we have learnt from last year

Q:
Valentino will have the same team of mechanics once again this year, can you give us an insight into their working relationship and why you think it is so successful?

Davide Brivio:
With some members of this team Valentino has been working for more than ten years but now this is the seventh year in Yamaha. I think the chemistry that keeps the team strong is the motivation and the competitive spirit that the team has. The same motivation that Valentino has for remaining the number one is transferred to the staff and everybody involved in our group tries to be the best in his job. We always try to be faster even in the most common actions or operations in the weekend. Our continuous spirit and will to improve is our secret.

Q:
There will still be a wall in the garage this year. How much information about each rider's set up is available to their team-mate, and how much is kept confidential?

Davide Brivio:
In 2010 we will have small changes in this sense, compared to 2009 when the challenge was completely open during the weekend and during the practice. In consideration of the fact that the two riders are the main rivals for the championship, we have decided to respect this competition internally and to respect their own ways to race and to approach the competition, so during the weekend the two teams will be much more independent and the challenge will be closer. Not much information can be exchanged between the two teams. At YMC level, back at the office, the engineers can compare the data and the information, but the two teams inside the garage can work more independently from a technical point of view.

Q:
Can you tell us any news about the 2010 Yamaha YZR-M1?

Davide Brivio:
The work has been concentrated in two main points, first of all the chassis, to improve even further the characteristics of our machine and especially on the engine, due to the new technical regulation. This year we will have only six engines for the whole season and this means that the engine must have a longer mileage, and this is where our engineers have concentrated most of their energies. The engine has to remain fast with good performance but must have longer mileage and this is not easy. The season will tell us if we have done a good job.

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