30 March 2007
Q&A: Ronald Ten Kate – EXCLUSIVE.
Well, we always knew that Kenan was a force to be reckoned with from the end of last year, when he was winning races and also helping Charpentier with his title defence. Over the winter he was matured further and so we always knew he was going to be fast, but to be this fast and consistent is a little bit of a surprise even for me.
But of course I'm very happy with that, especially compared with early last year when people called him a 'loose goose' an 'unguided missile' etc etc. He had a lot of critics and I don't hear those people any more. For sure he is one of the established race winners in World Supersport and for a young guy his age that's quite remarkable, in a class dominated by older people.
He has a bright future ahead of him and we just need to keep working in the same direction and try to make him mature more and more and try to get more understanding with the set-up of the bike. Then it'll be fine for him I think.
The weather here at Donington is absolutely horrible at the moment, how is your wet weather set-up?
Ronald Ten Kate:
(Laughs) Err... Obviously in the first races we didn't have the issue of bad weather so we'll just have to work our way around it! I'm just hoping that either it will rain all weekend, so we can really work on the wet set-up, or that it'll be dry all weekend so that we can just enjoy the racing a lot more, as can the fans.
I hate it when all the practices have been dry and then five minutes before the race on Sunday the big clouds come in and it starts to rain. Then it's just like being at a casino, it's just a big lottery, a gamble. I don't like that. But if it does rain then we know that James can be fast. As long as we give him a good bike on Sunday then, even in the rain, he will be fighting for the podium.
Finally, what's going on with you guys and MotoGP?
Ronald Ten Kate:
Moto what? (Laughs). I'm getting this question more and more because people saw me wandering around in the MotoGP paddock at Jerez. My honest reason for going there was to discuss the latest version of traction control for the Fireblade and also to speak to the HRC people about the Suzuka 8 Hours, which James has been invited for, so we were making a schedule for that.
On the other hand, I must admit that we have also spoken about a MotoGP future for us, but it is really at the very beginning of things - we are just exploring budget plans and long terms plans like that, so I'm really not expecting any big news for the press or outside world until the second half of the season...
OK, well good luck this weekend.
Ronald Ten Kate:
Thank you very much.
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