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Q&A: Alberto Puig (Repsol Honda).

Both Bradley and team-mate Esteve Rabat have taken their first grand prix podiums already this season - are we going to see them on the podium again in 2007?

Alberto Puig:
I don't know, I'm no fortune-teller, but we'll try. We're very happy, but we obviously want more.

Q:
Let's talk about Alberto Puig as a person now. They say that you're very protective of the people close to you, including all the people working with you in the garage...

Alberto Puig:
I don't know. I try to have my people relaxed and happy. That's my job. Having to coordinate all of this, I have to transmit calmness and as much as I can to the people. Because, as I told you, I consider people to be very important and I think that the value of a teams lies in all of its members. The same thing applies to the riders: I try to keep them relaxed and to worry only about things they need to worry. I personally don't care much about what people tell about me, so I prefer that if there's anything happening they should come to talk to me and not to other people. I want them to be relaxed and to do their job well, because I think that we all have our own function in this thing. If that's my function, no problem.

Q:
What does Alberto Puig value most in a person?

Alberto Puig:
The first thing I value is to truly believe in our project. I appreciate riders, mechanics who really believe in our project. I respect them, because if someone wants to be with us, I will appreciate if they want to follow our programme. Apart from that, nothing special. I believe in what everybody else believes. Seriousness, hard work, excitement for the sport, and above all clarity. Clarity of ideas, clarity of thoughts and of character. Not the hypocrisy we believe is working nowadays, there's too much of it out there. I told you that there comes a point in which you think that almost nothing matters. I always tell what I think, that's how I am, whether you like it or not.

Q:
What does Alberto Puig hate most in a person?

Alberto Puig:
There are things nobody likes. To be honest, I don't spend much time thinking about things like that. I care about people who matter to me: I want to know how they are, I accept them how they are, with their good things and bad things and I don't think much about the rest. But there's one thing I hate and that's people's lack of professionalism. I don't like it at all. The problem is that most of them do not know it. That's the problem. There are many people around here, who do not notice how little professional they are.

Q:
Do you have a life beyond motorbikes?

Alberto Puig:
Of course.

Q:
A hobby outside of the world of motorbikes?

Alberto Puig:
Bicycles. I like to ride bicycle in my spare time.

Q:
Road rather than mountain bikes?

Alberto Puig:
Yes.

Q:
Despite your leg injury, do you miss getting on a race bike and competing, or is that all in the past?

Alberto Puig:
Not competing, because I have obviously no age to do so, but I like motorbikes. In fact, I always ride a motorbike in winter. I ride the motorbike with these guys and I have a good time. I do motocross, supermotard, I still can, and I enjoy my winters on the motorbike a lot. I'm still practising, quite a lot, but not enough to start racing... I don't have this yearning anymore. But you do wish the riders racing in your organisations and in your structures to do the best they can. That's why I always try to be close to them, during the practices or any of these events.

Q:
Will we be able to see Alberto Puig riding a Honda RC212V at a test one day? Would you like to do that?

Alberto Puig:
Of course I would like it, but I can't. They asked me to test it, but the problem is that my left foot is bad, it is 'blocked'. During my last racing year, the mechanics made a special design to be able to change gear with the right foot. But they're not going to do a special clutch design for me now, for a 10-lap test. But, yes, I'd love to test that bike.

Q:
What do you think and feel when you look at a picture of you sitting on the NSR500 you rode to victory in the 1995 Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez?

Alberto Puig:
That life is bloody strange! That's it. It just happened to me in a very good moment. But it happened in the past and many terrible things happen to many people in the world and they're not talking about their problems every day. What do I truly think? Well, after crashing at 275 km/h against a wall and only crushing one leg, you have to consider yourself a privileged person. That's what I think deep inside.

It obviously annoys me to see guys like Capirossi, Barros or Checa, who are the same age as me racing, while I haven't been able to race for seven years. But on the other hand, I consider that life is a give and take, you get good things and you get bad things. Then I think that I've been lucky in life after all that has happened and how it happened, because it could have been much worse.



Related Pictures

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Puig, Portuguese MotoGP, 2006
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de Puniet (2nd), Aegerter (3rd) podium on Suzuka 8 Hours debut (Pic Good-Shoot.com)
Honda testing at Brno (pic: Jan Starek).
The 2015 Honda RC213V (pic: Jan Starek).
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