11 February 2013
Interview with Jules Cluzel
Yeah, I think I was really fast, but I had no experience. I tried to push really hard but I had no base to work from. So I made a lot of mistakes. Also I don't think I had the bike to win races, there were three levels of Aprilia: Official, LE and Private.
Sylvain had an LE and I had a Private one. Also I sometimes tried to follow him but that meant I was pushing the bike faster than it would go, he had a higher level bike and better experience and it was still only my second year. I tried to follow and pass him but naturally I crashed!
I feel nostalgic for the two stroke motorbikes, they just had a different feeling and they made a beautiful sound which you never heard on a street bike. They just had great character and smell. I am just happy to have raced on those bikes. I don't necessarily prefer two strokes, I would love to race one again, but the future is four strokes.
At the end of my two stroke career, I was just starting to get on with the bike and be fast at every track when I had to change everything again to go on to four strokes.
The Jules Cluzel who was calmly following Sam Lowes in the Silverstone WSS race looked to be a very different rider to the one who crashed in 250 GP's?
I think my style had changed; I didn't really feel the change because it happened slowly. But everything was starting to feel easier particularly after about four races that year. I don't know why, it's just normal. Once I was making fast laps, it was easier to think about race strategy and just be calm mentally.
At the start of that year, I again had no experience on the bike and everything happened really late, I had only signed with [PTR boss] Simon Buckmaster one week before the first race in Australia and I was back to zero again with the bike, tyre and engine.
Also Simon changed my crew chief to Chris Anderson in Monza. At the beginning Simon didn't think I had a chance of winning the championship, but after three or four races he said that it might be better to have a more experienced crew chief.
Chris helped me a lot, I had a great feeling with my mechanics and crew chief last year. I was just really comfortable and I thought it was possible to get the title - it was a great year. I hope I will be able to feel the same after four races in Superbikes.
How would you compare the Moto2 and World Supersport machines?
The first thing is the engine, there's more power with the Supersport and secondly the difference in tyre feeling.
It was so much easier to judge the feeling of the Pirelli tyre, you feel the movement and it talks to you. The Dunlop tyre was different, it's stiffer and you can't judge it. With the Dunlop, when you lost it, you lost it.
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