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.
When you say 'factory ride', do you mean all bikes made by a manufacturer, or only the official 'factory' team?
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.
Yamaha Tech 3 are currently talking to Pol Espargaro should they also talk to Scott?
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.
Scott's name is often mentioned as a prospect for Ducati, can't a Ducati seat be dangerous for a rider's career?
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.
As the principal of Marc VDS Moto2, given that Scott goes, which riders will you be looking at?