Yes, I do feel listened to. I can't really say that I felt that in the past. Obviously with Valentino as a team-mate, he got paid a lot of money, so of course it was clear [he was] the more the number one. But I have never really had that problem with Ducati. As far as being listened to, it is important to go fast and you have clear feedback and be consistent.
The worst thing for engineers is to lose their faith and confidence and be all over the board. You know, one minute say this and the next minute say that. Just try to be consistent with your feedback and tell them exactly what you feel and what you think. And don't make anything up or don't dream anything up and don't lead them off and hope that it matches up with the data.
Dovi as your team-mate. Quite a different personality from Valentino. You obviously had a test at Sepang, and I think you have had a couple of independent tests.
Yes, at the moment everything has gone really smooth. I have had no issues. I didn't have any issues with Valentino at all. We have kept in touch and being team-mates, and I definitely enjoyed being team-mates with him. There were some benefits to it, and there were some negatives.
With Dovi so far as a rider, I have a lot of respect for him. He is a great racer, which I respect, and it seems like a lot of our comments and issues are a lot of the same. Which is also really good, I mean for engineers do have one line to follow is also really good.
Instead of having completely different comments and we were just in Germany for a couple of days doing a PR event and got a chance to probably I would say get to know him a bit more. And he doesn't come with a lot of baggage. With him pretty much what you see is what you get and not a lot of typically team-mate things.
At the moment he seems pretty much just a normal guy who loves riding his bike and we have a few common interests now, you know, it is Supercross season. We are both talking about that, and he stays up watching the races in Europe and at the moment there have been no issues.
As an offshoot to Jim's questions, in the last two years with Valentino as a teammate every single aspect of the bike was under a microscope, a media microscope because of Valentino on the team and because his well-publicised move to Ducati. Is it a little bit easier this year to develop the bike? Are you working a little bit under the radar because you don't have the most popular guy in the sport on the team?
Well, I really feel like we need to move on past the two years with Valentino and we didn't get the results that we wanted. Some of it there was a lot of pressure on the team and the engineers and at times maybe we tried too hard and tried to make progress too quick. Probably maybe even took a few steps backward without even making any real progress. But then again, it had a lot of benefits. When he talked, people listened, and he did get stuff done in a hurry. So I would say it went both ways with us.
We have the 12 factory bikes out there. Each factory with two factory bikes and satellite bikes and then we have the gap to the CRT's. Nicky, what is your opinion of what the CRTs have been able to do and the whole initiative to use the CRTs in the first place?