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Michael Bartholemy (Marc VDS) - Q&A

"I'm sure that Scott Redding is at a similar level to Marc Marquez... If MotoGP teams are now not considering Scott then I think there is something wrong with the world!" - Michael Bartholemy.
By Christian Tiburtius

An exclusive interview with Marc VDS team principal Michael Bartholemy, whose rider Scott Redding is leading the Moto2 World Championship with victories at the last two rounds.

Bartholemy previously ran the factory Kawasaki MotoGP team and is also Redding's personal manager.

During the interview, which took place during post-race testing at Mugello, Bartholemy confirms that his 'target' is to find Redding a MotoGP ride with one of the manufacturers...
Hi Michael, thanks for taking time out to talk to us when you're so busy at the Mugello Moto3 tests.

Michael Bartholemy:
No problem, but in this moment it's a good busy rather than a bad busy. Or put it this way, in the Moto2 it's a good busy and in the Moto3 it's a difficult busy right now!
So you're testing with your Moto3 rider Livio Loi?

Michael Bartholemy:
We knew that it was going to be difficult and that there would be bad tracks, but now we've had a weekend like this and we need to find a solution. He's finding it hard to get a good set-up for this track.

For sure it's a track which needs big b*lls and you have a lot of corners where you need to make speed for the next, he knew it was coming though, so we have to work to keep his motivation high and to give him more feeling on the bike.

He's a very young Belgian rider and actually only became old enough to race during the season. He's fast and finished 16th at Le Mans. This weekend was basically a bit of a disaster and he was orbiting between 25th and 30th
You've been in team management for a long time, how did you get into it?

Michael Bartholemy:
My grandfather was already a racer and bikes were very much in the family and there were bikes around the house. My father didn't race but he did take us to various races including GPs so when I could get a little money together I got a bike. I started racing when I was 17 in the European endurance racing championship with races lasting between four and eight hours with two riders. I did pretty well, but I come from a normal family without too much money so I had to stop when I was 22 for financial reasons.

I still had good contacts in the racing industry and Yamaha contacted me when they had a new 750 bike coming out and they wanted me to enter it for them in what was then the equivalent of Superstock. We did a world championship race for them at Spa and at the time I was the youngest team principal in any world championship. That could be a problem because people sometimes found it hard to respect someone so young and always thought that you just came from a rich family.

We did well there and that started a good relationship with Yamaha during which I did four years of endurance racing for them. I was getting a bit tired of endurance, so when the Thunderbike class started in MotoGP, I wanted to move there. They said I could do it, but before that I had to move back to Belgium to do some Supersport and Superbike seasons to get more into the rhythm of those championships.

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Bartholemy and Redding, Italian MotoGP 2013
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June 05, 2013 12:07 PM

Interesting interview which needs to be read from beginning to end before commenting - future posters note... @sokuko - I think the headline will create a lot of argument, based on stats. MM 125 - 46 starts, 10 wins, 14 podiums SR 125 - 33 starts, 1 win, 2 podiums MM M2 - 32 starts, 16 wins, 25 podiums SR M2 - 56 starts, 2 wins, 10 podiums I think a fairer comparison is with Stefan Bradl (not such a bad thing) and the biggest change in Scott this year is in attitude. He's now riding like a seasoned pro and the results are coming and hopefully, will continue to come. As for MotoGP, the biggest problem is likely to be finding a decent ride on a prototype unless someone retires, and that then narrows the field to Ducati. The greatest disadvantage maybe is that Scott doesnt have the marketing potential that Marquez or Espargaro has to attract big money sponsors and nowadays that is often more important to a team than riding skill. Sad but true.


June 05, 2013 12:44 PM

A lot is said about Scott's weight- in this interview it says 25kg more than Marquez but where is this coming from? Sources suggest Scott weighs 74kg and Marquez weighed 57kg- 17kg difference. With the new minimum weight limit I think he's 12kg over? Of course it doesn't help but if you listen to Eurosport they make it sound like he's carrying an iron bathtub on the back of the bike. As far as top speed goes weight has far less to do with it than drag, anyway.

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