Touching on Rossi, he’s very clinical, he just goes out there to win, have you got that ruthless streak?
You know, Rossi is a tactician and no-one seems to be able to beat him in an out and out race! When the race comes down to something magical, Rossi seems to be incredible at it. He knows so much and at the end of the day he’s been in this paddock for 10 or 11 years at least - I don’t even know how old he is… he’s got to be near 30 now? When you have his kind of experience you know there’s seomthing that makes him stand out from the rest!
Can you see yourself where his is in 12 years’ time?
That would only make me 30 as well so it won’t be particularly long! There’s every chance but I also have future plans away from racing, I want to finish my career on a high, I don’t want to stay just for the paycheque, I’d rather move on to another sport or stop it completely and help other riders. I don’t want to be here until my dying days.
Ah, so what other sports might you look at?
You know I am really interested into swimming, cycling running and triathlons. The real physical sports rather than anything else.
So, a lot of riders have other interests outside of the motorsport and run their own businesses as a result of their success… could you see yourself doing that and running your own fashion line or something?
You know, maybe a sports line or something, but I think the more that you have going on away from the race track the better. You can have too much but I don’t think life should be focused on racing, I think you need to looking into different avenues and you know it’s always difficult these sorts of things. I’m still just finding my feet in the racing but in a few years when things come along we shall wait and see…
A lot of younger people try to emulate yourself on the roads, which is obviously a potential disaster, what do you think about that?
Well, track days aren’t that expensive right now so people can go and do that, so if I could give one peiice of advice it would be to pay your money and go and ride there. The problem with the roads is that it isn’t always your own fault, there can be a chain of events, on our track there roads and the corners are the same, there are no variables and we have safety and run-off, so although it’s dangers, it’s as safe as it can be.
If you’re going to race, you might as well do it there and not on the road with cars and stuff going on too. For sure you need to enjoy yourself but if you want to up the speed you want to do it safely,
Is it a sport you’d recommend to people?
Oh without a doubt, this is a great sport!
Brilliant, now Bradley, I’m going to ask you some questions and I want you to give me a one or two word answer… ready?
You’re team mates?
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