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Interview with Jules Cluzel

"I just need to feel at one with the bike. At the moment the bike feels stronger than me" - Jules Cluzel.
By Christian Tiburtius

Moto2 race winner and rookie World Supersport title runner-up Jules Cluzel is making the step-up to the World Superbike Championship with Fixi Crescent Suzuki this season.

Crash.net caught up with the 24-year-old Frenchman before he heads to Phillip Island in Australia, for the final pre-season tests and then the first round of the year on February 24...

Crash.net
How's the off-season going?

Jules Cluzel:
I'm training hard and I'm flying out to Philip Island on Sunday evening, arriving Tuesday for testing.

Crash.net
Are you feeling nervous?

Jules Cluzel:
About the flight or the race? I don't like flying, but not so much about the race because we've got two days testing on the 14th and 15th and two more days on the 18th and 19th, so I'll be fully ready when the race weekend comes.

I feel more nervous about the flight than the race. Since I started in GP's in 2005 I have always had problems with the flights, but it's my job and I love racing so I would prefer doing that than staying at home!

Crash.net
Taking you back to when you started racing, which riders did you admire?

Jules Cluzel:
I didn't really have any heroes, but for me the great example was Olivier Jacque and I also followed Valentino's career because he was then in 250s. I really enjoyed seeing him on TV.

Crash.net
What did your father say when you told him you wanted to become a motorbike rider?

Jules Cluzel:
My father was very happy because both my parents love motorsports and bike racing. My mother is a go-kart racer and my father competed in motocross and go karts.

So for me when I was young I always wanted to race and my parents were really happy and supportive when I first started bike racing. They've got a motorcycle shop so motorsports is a family business.

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Can your mother beat you at go karts?

Jules Cluzel:
We've never raced together, but no way! My girlfriend was a kart racer and she is very close to me when we race together, but with my mother, I'm sure I can beat her. You can't lose to your mother!

Crash.net
How did you first start racing motorcycles?

Jules Cluzel:
In GPs that was in 2006 with Equipe de France and my team-mate was Sylvain Guintoli, it was my first year in GPs. My problem then was that I had no experience. I had only started racing seriously in 2004, did a couple of races in 125GP and in 2006, after not quite two years racing I was in 250 GPs! It was a really quick progression, the pressure was high and it was not easy. I had a lot of crashes and I had to learn in the bigger class, it really wasn't easy.

Crash.net
You had a reputation as a pretty wild racer?

Jules Cluzel:




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Mr Pirelli - Unregistered

February 11, 2013 8:43 PM

You get the feeling that if only he would stay in the same series for more than one year, this guy would really do something. Anyone who can win in Moto2 has to be pretty sharp.



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