Phil Baker worked with MotoGP
world champion Nicky Hayden
(2004-10) and race winner Chris Vermeulen
(2007-10) before setting up his own company, SA 1 Management.
The US-based Brit then managed Factory Yamaha MotoGP
star Ben Spies and now works with reigning Moto2 world champion Stefan Bradl, who is stepping up to MotoGP
this season with LCR Honda.
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Jorge Lorenzo seemed to catch everyone off-guard by signing early, what was your reaction?
Yes, I was surprised that he made his decision so soon, as he held all the cards, but that said I was delighted that he made his decision to remain loyal to Yamaha, who have brought him one world championship already. His start to this season has been close to perfect with 4 wins and 2 seconds, so why change a good thing? Jorge is a top guy and showed his class by remaining loyal to a team that has been so loyal to him.
What does Lorenzo signing mean for the rest of the rider market?
I expect the market to sort itself out fairly quickly now. Everyone was waiting for him to make his move and I expect that the other cards will swiftly fall in to place.
With Stoner leaving and Lorenzo signed, it looks like the attention turns to Rossi. How do you see his present situation and options for 2013?
This is the next big move we are all waiting on.
Ducati have worked relentlessly to try to accommodate his changes and requirements, but a distant 9th at Silverstone, and just as importantly, being well beaten by his team-mate, makes you think that a move to another manufacturer will happen.
In my view, the best move for the championship would be to have him back on the Repsol Honda bike, trying to take it to Jorge next year.
It now seems that the rookie rule will be dropped, clearing the way for Marc Marquez to join Repsol Honda. Your thoughts?
Mixed. I understand why such a move is necessary. Remember that LCR have Elf and Gresini have Castrol. They would have to give these up to accommodate Marquez for a year before moving him to the factory team and then the satellite team would have to try and get their old oil company back.