Crash.net: Did you all sit down together to decide on each person?

Razlan Razali: "I left it to Johan really. He knows better when it comes to this. He's been in the paddock long enough to know the right people.

"What I especially like about this team is that it's multi-national - we have five different nationalities just among our riders in the three classes, but counting the team staff as well we have people from Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, America, Malaysia, UK, France, Italy… I think it's superb.

"Yamaha has also recognised the importance of this project and it was tricky because after the race [at Valencia] we had to shift everything - Tech3 had to move out, we had to move in and I've never seen so many Japanese staff in blue Yamaha shirts supporting us. It was unbelievable, they helped our guys and bang, we were out on the track Tuesday morning!

"It's been a case of so far, so good."

Crash.net: Will the team have a European base?

Razlan Razali: "Yes, we will be based in Belgium. That's central in terms of the European logistics. We've been audited by Yamaha, by Petronas. They are all happy. Everything is secure."

Crash.net: What are your short- and long-term goals for the MotoGP team?

Razlan Razali: "This is the beginning of a long-term relationship with Yamaha, Petronas and of course Dorna. We are not a fly-by-night company. I think we have solidified our position in the paddock as a serious team and we want to be here for a long time.

"Of course, we have to take the targets year-by-year. In the first year, beginning with Fabio, it's every rookie's target to be Rookie of the Year. So that's what we want him to be.

"With Frankie, we have very high hopes and expectations. He's a very serious and focused rider. We want him to be the top Independent rider and we believe with the ['A-spec'] bike that he is getting he could also compete with the factory boys.

"That would be a stretched target for year one, but certainly we are targeting for Frankie to be the top Independent rider.

"And the same for the team. I have a personal bet with Herve [Poncharal] from Tech3! Finally I'm on the MotoGP grid with him. So we'll be competitors on track, but try to remain friends off track.

"Of course, there are many teams for us to try to beat, but we need to beat Herve first! This year I've been with Tech3 a lot, also going in and out of Hafizh Syahrin's pit box. Now I'll have to change my position a little bit and watch Hafizh more from pit lane!"

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