No, I do think it's in a good place for the future. Whenever we do get the bikes evened out though and the electronics sorted, whenever they sort out the rules and what needs to really happen you're still going to have the same teams in front.
The main problem we always had in GP is getting bikes on the grid. I'm hearing that next season we're going to have a few more bikes and when you get these teams in place and they set their stakes in that'll be great. That's the first priority, getting bikes on the grid.
I believe that you said once that the Moto2 system would be good for MotoGP?
Moto2's just a great championship, they've all got the same engine and there are really no electronics involved.
Would you ever consider riding in it?
Oh, no. I rode Herve's Tech3 Moto2 bike to give him some feedback and that was enough. I've just been on big horsepower bikes since I was 18 years old and I can't really look back to being on a bike with 110 or 120 horsepower and flogging it. I do that at the Bootcamp.
The Texas Tornado Bootcamp is a kind of fantasy world for guys, right?
It's more or less a wonderworld. If you like motorcycles, shooting guns, hanging out telling war stories and having a few beers it's the place for you.
Ben Spies recently suggested that MotoGP could be made more competitive if the tyres were just made to a lower spec?
Yeah, I agree with that to an extent. At the same time you've got to understand how much work I did with Michelin back in the day in Superbikes and GPs. Then you had a package and you designed the tyre for it. If you needed something Michelin or Bridgestone would build something for that package.
Now the philosophy is completely different and you have to build your bike around the tyres. If you have chatter, you can't say the casing on this tyre's a little too strong or too stiff on the side. You have to figure out a way of making the bike work with that tyre.
The advantage that we used to have where we just had to design a good feeling motorcycle and put a tyre into it is gone.
Back in the day when we used to develop tyres it used to be so much fun because they'd just say 'sh*t, what do you need, let's build it'. Now, instead of the tyre manufacturers spending their money building a tyre for you, you've got to rely on a factory or FTR or Kalex to make a chassis to suit the tyre.
Many fans would like to see you back in WSBK one day, is that a possibility?
I had an offer at the end of 2011 to do last year and this year, it just didn't line up though. I chose to stay here with the CRT thing after having chats with Ezpeleta and the big wigs saying that this was the future of MotoGP. As one of the older guys here it made more sense to do that.
As far as WSBK goes, I don't feel I have to go back there and prove anything else, also things just haven't lined up for me to go there. When I look at the amount of effort and money flying around here, it's far more.
If you tell me I have to go back to a championship where I can't change head angles or custom taylor the bike to myself, that's kinda hard to go to if you've been here for a while. It's the fascination for the technical level that keeps me here.
Apparently, you were going to retire at the age of 32…
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