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Austin MotoGP: Baker's Dozen

I have to say that it became a bit monotonous hearing the Spanish anthem for the third time of the day - that is now six Spanish wins out of six, include the three race winners in Qatar.

How nice it will be to hear the British National Anthem playing for Scott Redding in Moto2, that might just be around the corner!

5. Q:
The one negative hanging over COTA is the Kevin Schwantz situation…

Phil Baker:
I was with Kevin at the initial launch and Kevin had certainly put his heart and soul into the whole project. For it to end up without him there was such a shame for the sport as a whole.

That said, there are two sides to every story and it wouldn't be going through litigation unless both parties felt that they were in the right. So I just hope that the conclusion can be done in a dignified manner - in my view, the best way would be behind closed doors and without unnecessary bad publicity for the individual or the sport.

6. Q:
Have you heard any more about Suzuki's plans for a MotoGP return?

Phil Baker:
I worked closely with the Suzuki team when I was working with Chris Vermeulen and know a lot of the team well. I am aware of a handful of them working directly for Suzuki on a GP project, but nothing has been confirmed as to when or if they will be back. The sooner the better!

7. Q:
How is the ongoing global financial situation impacting on the paddock? What changes have you seen from a commercial point of view?

Phil Baker:
The global financial situation is very clearly impacting the paddock, and this can be seen right away when you walk down the paddock - basically, by the lack of change! There are very few new sponsors and this is badly needed.

We need known quality brands that lend themselves to the quality of the sport and I am convinced that once they dip their toe into such a market, they will be pleasantly surprised.

It is also extremely important to activate such sponsorships in the right manner and for the teams and riders to go above and beyond to fulfil the sponsors' desires. This way the word will out that MotoGP is really the place to be and more such companies will jump on board.

8. Q:
There are now three races in America, what is the general level of interest? How should MotoGP measure 'success' in America?

Phil Baker:



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May 01, 2013 11:50 AM

I don't know why the media keeps praising this circuit. I didn't like it at all. The bikes looked awkward on it, they made weird lines as if their rhythm was to be constantly interrupted. There was no flow, and I hated the big hairpin. There, I said it.



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