Personally, in an ideal world it would be 24 prototype bikes. That's as a race fan what we would like to see. But I think the CRT had definitely had some good things to it. It has gotten more bikes on the grid and gotten some more faces out there. Of course, they are teams with smaller teams with smaller budgets.
I am not a huge fan of the podium deal, but it looks like in the future it is building up some teams and giving some more people jobs. And unfortunately we are in a recession and we are in an economic crisis and it is expensive to go racing. It has in that area worked out to plan, so hopefully it keeps going.
But ideally I would rather see 24 prototype bikes on the grid and everyone a little bit closer. I mean it looks like things might be a little bit closer this year they have some softer tyres than the prototypes and a few things that should help them bring the bikes closer.
Well, I would be in a lot of trouble in Spain if I didn't ask this question. Everybody wants to know what your take on Marc Marquez and his first performance as a factory rider?
Well, it is impressive. You don't need me to tell you that. I don't think anybody doubted that he was going to be fast, I mean the 125, Moto2, whatever. When you are fast, you are fast. I would say to be quite this quick and even so consistently quick this early it wasn't expected and for some of us riders we aren't so pumped on it.
Honestly, I think we wanted to give him a little more time, and he is going to be exciting for the sport. He rides very hard and he is very hungry. You know, if he can stay healthy, he is really going to shake things up this season. So he is been very, very impressive and very fast, which is a bit of his own style. And he could be a game-changer to MotoGP and all of road racing.
We have three rounds this year of MotoGP in the United States. We have Austin next month and Laguna Seca and July and of course the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on August 16-18 here in Indianapolis. There is only one country in the series that has more rounds than the States. What does that say about America's place in MotoGP to now have three races here in the States?
I love it. I truly appreciate it. When I first went to MotoGP in 2003, there were no races in America. The closest race was in Brazil. So I appreciate it and I think the good thing for us is that it is three different races and three very different places. So I think that is really good for the fans. You know, Laguna has its own character and charm and it's the only race without Moto2 and Moto3. And it is the only change for the AMA guys to ride with us. Austin is new, and of course Indy for me is my home race.
It is at the Brickyard, and it's right there in the Midwest and it has so much population around it. So it is great, and I hope the American fans can come out and support it. I hope all three races are a huge success. We can see America is a very important market. When I won the World Championship, it was hard to really be a real American championship without a round in America. But now, we have three and we need to do our part and appreciate it and support it. Hopefully they can feed off each other and make them all better.
How much integration is there this year with the Pramac team with Ben (Spies) and Andrea (Iannone)? Is it more than years past or is it truly a four-bike effort or did you work with that team at the Sepang test?