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"I have never been superstitious, but after several years spent in this business I have become a bit more so! Just this year I got into a habit that could also be mistaken for paranoia…I numbered all the polo shirts from my team uniform from 1 to 5 and every day I wore them in strict order: number 1 on Wednesday, number 2 on Thursday and so on, so that every Sunday I always wore the number 5. As it happens, the bike Joan used at the European GP, where he won the World Championship was also number 5, the JM5. Another thing that I began doing this year - and that I like to think it turned out to be fate in a way - was wearing my Lakers shirt. I’m a big basketball fan and as a bit of a tribute to Kobe Bryant, who died earlier this year, I started wearing my Lakers shirt a lot more often. I decided to wear it during our race weekends, but obviously at the circuits we use the team uniform, so instead I wore it as pyjamas. As it happened, the Lakers won the NBA title and we won the MotoGP World Championship, so maybe it was just meant to be!"
As it happened, the Lakers won the NBA title and we won the MotoGP World Championship, so maybe it was just meant to be!
"I have always thought - and I try to teach this to my children too - that when you do something with great commitment and passion, it usually works out well. I am the one who has the honour of speaking on behalf of the Team and appearing on TV, but behind me is a group of great people who have worked very hard for this title. When we came back to MotoGP, 6 years ago, we started from scratch and decided to focus on people who had a very strong motivation to work for Suzuki. It was a choice from the very beginning. We had to give a special atmosphere to our team, not only for the riders, but for everyone who worked for us. Everyone in this squad works here because they strongly believe in the project. The engineers, the mechanics, and all the other team members. Getting to be part of Team Suzuki Ecstar must be an ambition, not a fallback. Thus we were able to create a group that is a catalyst for everyone's commitment in the best possible way. The result is that both the two riders and the members of the two crews motivated each other. They fought on the track in a sporting, correct, and respectful way, each one always pushing the other. We truly felt like one team, so much so that in the final group photo all the members of Rins’ crew and Alex himself wore the special celebratory t-shirt for Mir. It is not something to be taken for granted, on the contrary it is a great achievement that we have made as a team; keeping a close bond between all the members. I hope it will last for as long as possible now that we have managed it during such a tough and competitive year."
Getting to be part of Team Suzuki Ecstar must be an ambition, not a fallback.
"When we started the season in Jerez for the Spanish GP, Joan got off to a strong start and I remember that as early as Friday evening the guys from his side of the garage started to get a little carried away: ”We have great pace, we are fast, we’ll be really strong on Sunday!”… then the race was a disaster. Less than a week later, again in Jerez, the same chatter started up and again the race wasn’t great. After these two or three episodes I talked to the guys to try and calm them down. “You have to be calmer, before thinking of race wins or podiums, you need to consolidate your performances. Start getting close to the podium regularly, fourth or fifth places and then try to climb further." I also told Joan something similar: “Everyone has his own time, maybe you need a few more months, but with work and perseverance we will get there, stay calm, don’t overdo it …”.
The next race was in Austria and what did he do? Second place! "Good job guys, good job Joan, you gave me the best answer you could have given me!”
They knew what they were capable of, the excitement was there, and they simply had to stay calm and trust that the results would come. Sure enough they did, along with excellent consistency, and here we are as World Champions."