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Michael Bartholemy (Marc VDS) - Q&A

The Le Mans victory was nice because it was his first in Moto2, but the victory this weekend was the best I've ever seen him do. He basically destroyed the opposition, he was at a different level to everybody else.

When Terol passed him on the straight, and he could always do that, Scott could take it easy and pass him back when he wanted because he knew he could do it. He was then confident that he could pull the gap necessary so that Terol couldn't pass him back and in the last five or six laps Scott was controlling the race and could have gone faster if he wanted.

He hates Mugello, he really doesn't like it, there are straights where he can be passed and long corners where his long legs don't help and the victory was very difficult for him. So for me what he did this weekend was a big thing.
What do 'Want it' and 'Breathe' mean on the pit signals?

Michael Bartholemy:
We will tell you this when we don't need it anymore!
Where would you rate Scott against the opposition?

Michael Bartholemy:
For me at this age level, the biggest talents are Marc Marquez and Scott. The difference is that in Moto2 Scott, because of his weight and height, always had to ride so much harder to make it happen.

I'm sure that Scott is at a similar level to Marc Marquez though, their styles are very similar and the future will be this style of riding the bike.

The minimum weight rule has helped, but it was as if he needed more help in his head. Before, in the race everybody was always passing him on the straight. He was just sitting there thinking 'f*ck everyone's got 25 kilos on me anyway' and we know that we can't lose 25kg anywhere.

Now it's probably 9kg and in his head he's thinking 'I can make the difference here, I can beat them'. Now he's fully motivated. Before the big difference in weight was getting him down most weekends.

With Mika Kallio it has been a disadvantage we've got nearly 10kg on his bike.
Scott this year seems to look more mature and determined, would you agree?

Michael Bartholemy:
He is definitely more focused, he knows that now, everything is there to make it happen and he wants to win the championship.
Is there a number 1 and 2 rider in the team?

Michael Bartholemy:
No, from a technical point of view and equipment, everything is the same. Maybe Scott is kind of Marc's baby because he arrived right at the beginning of the Marc VDS story but both riders have the same opportunities.

I think that Mika will never go back to MotoGP but he is second is the world championship so he's a great rider too.
As Scott's manager and also the principal of Marc VDS Moto2, what will you do if Scott moves to a different team next season?

Michael Bartholemy:

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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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