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Michael Bartholemy (Marc VDS) - Q&A

Without committing myself, I think we would like one of the top Moto3 guys such as Vinales, Rins, Folger or Salom - these are the four names we have an interest in and we want to keep one top level established Moto2 rider like Kallio, Rabat or Terol.

The rider market in Moto2 was something I had to learn. In MotoGP, in June you're already starting to negotiate the contracts for next year. In Moto2 nobody moves until the last race. In the first year I was thinking 'f**k why is nobody coming, we are a nice team and everything' and nobody was talking.
What do you think of the current CRT strategy in MotoGP?

Michael Bartholemy:
Maybe you know that I was the first to build a CRT bike. We built a BMW engined [Suter] bike and were probably more successful with it than other teams using it, but we stopped that program because we didn't believe in it any more.

For me what is coming now, the production racer, is a very good idea. The Honda is one of these and the Yamaha package isn't bad either - you get the engine, the electronics and a large amount of data. If you have a company like Kalex make you a frame with an aerodynamic package you can definitely make it.
So that would be another possibility for Scott?

Michael Bartholemy:
This is a possibility in case he hasn't found something really, really good, which I don't think is the case. If the teams are now not considering Scott Redding then I think there is something wrong with the world!
Do you ride a motorbike on the road?

Michael Bartholemy:
No, not since 2003. We had a big sponsor's event at Spa and the week before I was riding my bike and I had a little accident. I lost some toes, had maybe six breaks in my feet and broke both shoulders and I thought that when you're 33 or 34 you shouldn't be doing stupid things like that.
What do you think of the British MotoGP TV coverage moving to BT Sport next season, just when British riders are starting to do so well?

Michael Bartholemy:
I know that, Scott was there when they made the announcement. Honestly I can't say anything about that, I'm Belgian, I don't watch British TV and I have to repeat that I can't say anything about that
Thanks a lot

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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