11 February 2013
Interview with Jules Cluzel
I just enjoyed the feeling of the Pirelli, it gives you more warning before it did something. I think that's why I was so fast in WSS, it was because the tyre was easy to understand. The WSS bike is just more comfortable.
Another big difference between the two tyres was at the end of the race. With the WSS you really have to save the tyre and you have to work more with a race distance strategy and the electronics
Your move from grand prix to production racing, was that a strategy?
To keep motivated, I need to find a way of being world champion in the best class I can, I am really happy to be in WSBK this season, but in my mind I am also going to be a MotoGP world champion. So my plan is not to be 10 or 3 times WSS world champion, it's to be the best in the world regardless, just once. If I don't have this kind of belief and ambition, I'll stop racing because otherwise it is difficult to stay motivated.
How do the WSBK and MotoGP paddocks compare?
I like both, because I am here to work not to party, but I had a really good feeling with the other riders in the WSBK paddock. Everybody says hello and it's very human. Everyone is more friendly in the Superbike paddock. But I don't care, I'm there to win races and both paddocks have great teams.
Why did you leave Moto2?
Because there were no more opportunities for me there to get paid. The problem at the moment everywhere is funding and I have no money and need to have a pay packet. It just wasn't possible to continue in Moto2 for those reasons and also, why, if you can only finish 13th or 14th?
But you won at Silverstone?
Yes, I think that is one of my tracks, I won there in Supersport too. It's not my favourite circuit, but maybe it's a good circuit for my style, like Qatar. I do well there, but don't really like it. When I think of Silverstone I have great memories.
My favourite track is probably Monza, it's strange and doesn't look like other circuits, it's beautiful and has really fast corners. On the Supersport on some corners you could be almost full gas. I just like fast corners.
Also it was there where I had my big step forward for my WSS season because of the crew changes Simon made.
What were your impressions of the Fixi Crescent Suzuki?
It's excellent. I'd never tried a 1000cc bike, it's got a really, really different style and is far more powerful. But as soon as I sat on the bike, I felt very comfortable, but afterwards to be fast it's a different story. You have a lot of work to do, you have to adapt your style and get the hang of the slick tyre. I enjoyed every lap on the bike because I love the power.
How is it going with the team?
They are very professional. I like working with English people, I like the English style. They are really serious and professional, but when it's time to be friendly, they're that too. I feel this with the team at the moment and this helps me to be really motivated.
Which aspects of the bike will you be working on most in testing?
For me it's just a question of doing lap after lap after lap, I just need to feel at one with the bike. At the moment the bike feels stronger than me, so I also need to do race distances.
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