Yeah, of course. I can't enjoy something if there's no risk. You always have a risk in anything you do. I have some friends who go climbing and they have more risk than me.
It just depends on whether you accept it or not. I accept it and I'm sure that I'll race until I can't. At the moment it's not in my mind to retire though.
I understand that the sport is very dangerous, but the benefit I get is much bigger than the risk. The benefit is excitement and adrenaline. I do a lot of extreme sports such as parachuting which give me the same feeling. I like to push my body and mind to the limit.
Also, it's only when you are at the limit that you can discover where you are and improve, if you never push to your limit you'll never improve. The limits I am talking about here are your mental limits; it's there that the improvement comes.
If there's no risk then it feels as if my mind hasn't woken up and when you have risk you feel happy. You can't win something worthwhile if you can't lose as well
I don't ride on the road though. A sports bike on the road makes no sense to me.
Given your attitude to risk, would you consider riding the TT?
No, not the TT. I'm completely against that race.
For a thrill I can go at 300km/h without a helmet if I want but it's not a good idea, the TT is the same thing.
For sure I can race at the TT, but for me it makes no sense. We know there's danger in racing and we've been fighting for rider safety for a long time so that doesn't seem like a good idea. Taking part in a sport is one thing, but being stupid or reckless is another. Mind you I'm not saying that the riders who take part are stupid, it's just those circumstances. The world has grown up in many areas and safety is one of them.
Also I think that some of the scenes we get from that race such as motorcycles jumping in the street don't give a good image for motorcycle racing
I would ask the people who organise that race if they would be happy if their son were taking part.
Do you enjoy the traveling lifestyle of racing?
It's not so bad but I prefer practice, racing and testing, any work on the bike, I'm not really here for these other aspects.
Don't the injuries you sustain over a career build up?
No, I feel quite well. I've made a full recovery even from this season's accidents. I'm honest, if I didn't feel well, I wouldn't be here. Physically I'm fine and it certainly isn't an excuse for not going fast.
I always like to do some training and when I'm not competing any more I'll still continue to stay physically fit. I've got friends of 55 who are still pushing on the bicycle. For me training is fun anyway.
How long is your contract with Ducati?