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Michael Bartholemy (Marc VDS) - Q&A

I would certainly continue as principal of Marc VDS. I would also continue as Scott's manager, the target is to have him on a factory bike and once he is there I won't need to devote as much time to him as now. For me the most important thing is to secure him a factory [MotoGP] ride.

Crash.net:
When you say 'factory ride', do you mean all bikes made by a manufacturer, or only the official 'factory' team?

Michael Bartholemy:
For me factory ride in Yamaha means those of Rossi, Lorenzo, Crutchlow and Smith and the same with Honda and Ducati, any bike made by that manufacturer. Because for me there is not a big difference between the factory and satellite bikes.

The bike is a bike. A factory doesn't make a sh*t bike for a satellite team they're just too expensive and the difference between how they are doing is with the rider. If satellite riders say that they have an old bike, the oldest it will be is last year.

Look at the lap times Lorenzo was doing on his bike last year and then compare them with the lap times that Cal is doing this year. I haven't checked but I feel sure that Lorenzo would be faster.

If riders complain about the bike when they're on a satellite bike then I think they're really just wingeing. As long as you're on one of the four bikes from each manufacturer then you'll be OK, there may be a small delay in getting parts, but the bike is basically OK.

Crash.net:
Yamaha Tech 3 are currently talking to Pol Espargaro should they also talk to Scott?

Michael Bartholemy:
I think they already signed Pol last year, I haven't seen the contract, but from what I hear from people I know well in the paddock, it's already a done deal.

We've been in contact with Yamaha about the engine [lease for MotoGP next year] and it was a clear statement from them that they have all their riders for next year.

Crash.net:
Scott's name is often mentioned as a prospect for Ducati, can't a Ducati seat be dangerous for a rider's career?

Michael Bartholemy:
I think that Scott would be pleased to go there and Ducati would be pleased to know he was coming. For sure it could be a dangerous contract but at the moment we are speaking to all three manufacturers and we will select the best package at the end.

I know what I would prefer for Scott in an ideal world, but at the moment I need to keep this to myself. I repeat that the priority is a factory bike.

If they said you can have Rossi's Yamaha or Pedrosa's Honda, that would be perfect or on the other side, if Ducati said you can have a long term contract and these are the improvements we are making that would also need looking at.

Crash.net:
As the principal of Marc VDS Moto2, given that Scott goes, which riders will you be looking at?

Michael Bartholemy:




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mrfill

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.

Jon

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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