This season we have Moto3 as a completely new bike and CRT as a completely new bike. This is a big problem. For now, for Moto3 we don't have a kit. It's in development and it's not finished and we don't have the parts.
The CRT, it was late in February that we assembled the new bike, the first bike. This is complicated. It's clear the new project is important to start. My race team group is 15 people and this is an important group. We have the same structure for the workshop, the same hospitality. This decreases the cost.
For me it's an important strategy, a strategy to have every category. It's important to have a good project to improve the riders. We have a project with Honda Italy to school young riders from 9 to 13 years on the Honda NSF 100 and this championship is very important to improve young Italian riders for the future. For this reason we started Moto3. And in Moto3 we have San Carlo as a sponsor.
You won two world championships in the 125cc class, but now it seems there are not as many good, young Italian riders?
I think now the teams and federation don't invest too much in the young riders. In the next two or three years, the Italian Federation is investing and things will change. My team and Honda Italy has invested in young riders. And now it looks like we've got new, possibly good riders and this is a new process.
We just started this new process; it's necessary that it's going to take five years, that's clear. At one time, everyone was not working with young riders. We have riders like (Loris) Capirossi, Valentino (Rossi), Marco (Simoncelli), (Marco) Melandri and many good riders. For me this is a mistake. Now the federation has a team, it's Ioda Team Italia. This is important. And Honda Italy invests a lot of money to develop young riders.
Why did you choose Alvaro Bautista?
It's clear the story is strange. It's clear when we finished Marco's (Simoncelli) story we didn't have another way. In that case, Dovi (Andrea Dovizioso) had signed before with Tech 3.
For me in that moment, it's not important to have an Italian rider. I prefer not to. For me the feeling is no good and I prefer to change the nationality and this is the reason. My mentality is no good to continue with an Italian rider on the same bike as Marco. It's necessary to take some time, a little more distance with the Spanish rider.
All the time I'm working with bikes there's much love for (motorcycles). Now it's difficult, it's different. Marco's death, it changed many things. Now, in that moment, for me it's no good now. It's not a big love anymore.
The work, I still love it, but to go to the circuit I don't really feel like it. This is my feeling at the moment. I think it will be necessarily a long process.
Have you always been close to your riders?
Yes, it's a mentality for my team, it's necessary. It's family, for sure. It's family and it's an important relationship and we're working day by day talking to the riders. And Marco was a very special man. And this is the other important point. Very, very sensible and very easy to work with. A lovely guy.
Why did you build a CRT machine?