5 June 2013
Michael Bartholemy (Marc VDS) - Q&A
For sure Marc's knowledge is better for car racing, he's done it all his life, but at the recent Le Mans race where Scott was first and Mika was second it was the same weekend as his biggest car race, the 24 hour Nurburgring, and he was at Le Mans.
He was at Mugello this weekend, stayed for the test and he's just gone home now and the cars were racing at Silverstone. He's going to be with us at Catalunya too, he used to stick with the cars but he's now at nearly every motorcycle race.
It's a close team, everybody's always there, we win together and cry together when it's sh*t.
Do you find managing a race team easy?
It depends on the year, in the last two or three races on Saturday night I'm always waking up thinking about the race and things that may happen. I haven't done this for 23 years for the money, I want to win races, I just want to win every weekend and it's a lot of pressure.
You can only be successful if you live it every day, if you stop for some days living in this world then you cannot be successful any more. I have motorbikes in my head every day. You need to always, always work on it and think about it.
The team seemed to do better after it had switched from a Suter to a Kalex chassis for 2012. Some people have said that that was because the Suter chassis was only being developed according to what Marc Marquez wanted?
No, that's complete bullsh*t, I think that the first year with the Suter chassis was one of our best, we got some front rows and podiums, it wasn't a bad year. The 2011 bike was actually developed by our team and the Aspar team and nothing to do with Marc Marquez.
Marc was having a fantastic season though, so perhaps from Aragon Suter started to concentrate on Marquez because they wanted to win the title and that's natural. From my point of view that seems perfectly reasonable, if you want to avoid that, you have to make your own motorcycle.
The big problem is that the Suter was always developed for a very small rider because the basis of the Suter is a Kawasaki MotoGP bike and the rider was Shinya Nakano. So if you are a bit taller and heavier, you'll put more weight on the rear and you'll always struggle with the front, it's the problem that Kenan [Sofuoglu], De Angelis and many others had.
That's why we moved to the Kalex. For me a lot of the north European riders - and those are the ones we've got, we haven't got any Spanish or Italians - they do a lot of pocket bike racing. Maybe that's because the weather is sh*t or something like this so they all need a lot of confidence in the front end of the bike and the Kalex gives that.
Scott's victory this weekend at Mugello seemed particularly important because he dominated the race throughout, would you agree?
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