Date of publication: 2018-01-02 22:16
I know… but how many pictures on planes do you see? We know people travel on a plane to get to a race. One person will do it, and then another one will. It’s embarrassing. Do something outside the box or that is normal to you but different for other people. Don't force it. I fully understand marketability and if someone like Monster asked me to do something then I would… but it also needs to be something I want to do. I won’t do something that will make me look a d-------. I understand promotion and if things are funny or whatever but I dislike the false side and the way people undervalue themselves. What’s the point of doing a million interviews? It’s just the same s--- and there are only so many questions you can ask.
Heading into the 2517 MotoGP season finale at Valencia , the duel for the title is between Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso.
Heading up row two is the man who was fastest Friday, Ducati Team’s Jorge Lorenzo, who also crashed in qualifying but walked away unharmed. Lorenzo finished of a second off the pace, and will be joined on row two by Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa and Ducati test time rider Michele Pirro.
I ’m not joking, if this paddock was run in America or by an American company I’d be sued left, right and centre for people not playing by the rules. And I’m not talking about the organisation.
And as Johann Zarco made his presence known to his fellow Yamaha riders and Iannone in the closing stages of the race, Marquez was able to just ease away at the front, taking maximum points and leaving the four behind to fight for the final podium places.
There was some debate about what you’d do in MotoGP until the recent announcement of the contract extension with Honda. You’ve always stated that you could stop racing whenever you fancied. What would a retired Cal Crutchlow have done?
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8225 I kept pushing because I knew that I had to do so if I wanted to be faster, but then I fell. As I said on Thursday, the ‘Marquez style’ will be okay until after the warm up, and that I want to work in the same way as always, pushing hard during the practices. The most important thing is that we’ve worked well all weekend and that we’ve got a good pace on used tires. For the race we must make a switch and change. We must see where Dovi is, where we can finish and do our best.”
I don't want to feel like a rock star, I want people to enjoy the racing and that's what I’ve always said: I want people to enjoy watching motorcycle racing. It doesn't matter which rider. As long as we can put on a show and we can enjoy it as well, then that’s what I want. I also want people to ride motorcycles. I didn't do this for the fame or for people to come and pat me on the back. That's not to say I’m unappreciative of that, at all. The fans and friends say ‘well done’ all the time and I’m very appreciative, but I don't race for fame.
I always say what I feel. Did I do this to be famous? No. I do it because I love the sport of riding a motorcycle. Sometimes I hate it. Like many things. Many people’s Twitter and Instagram accounts are all about self-promotion, and it is boring.
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