"Right now I just want to think about my training this summer and becoming stronger —physically and mentally. I think the key to achieving good results in the remainder of the year is to have a good "preseason" this summer and start as prepared as possible for the remaining nine races. We can get good results."
This year, the first race of the Asian stint will be at your home round. How do you see the Malaysian Grand Prix?
"I'll try to prepare for it like any other, I suppose, because they are all important for the championship —although this is undoubtedly a special Grand Prix. I don't want to put more pressure on myself. It is a very special race and I am very excited to ride at the Sepang Circuit, because at your home race, everyone supports you. Last year was amazing, I'll never forget it. If we work at 120%, we will grow as a rider and as a team."
And with so much training, have you had a moment of relaxation?
"Yes, it is clear that I have to find a balance between training and rest. During the summer break we celebrate Ramadan and Hari Raya, so those will be important days for disconnecting a little and above all, being with my family."