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Alex Crivillé gives his impressions about the upcoming season

Alex Crivillé gives his impressions about the upcoming season

Alex Crivillé gives his impressions about the upcoming season

A past World Champion, and proud of the fact, but Alex Crivillé is not one for nostalgia. Yesterday the Spanish hero was at the Repsol Honda Team presentation which took place in Barcelona. The event also celebrated ten years of collaboration between the Spanish petrol giant and the Japanese factory, with videos displayed in homage to the most important figures of the last decade. The ex-rider watched the historic footage with interest, especially his championship victory of 1999, when he fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming 500cc World Champion. Since his retirement, Crivillé has been a passive observer of the championship he once reigned over, not partaking in any project within the paddock. The Spanish rider spoke to about the 2004 season and gave his views on the year awaiting all the impatient fans. What goes through your head at a team presentation such as this one today?

Alex Crivillé: When I look at the footage, for example that of 1999, the year I won with Repsol Honda, I still get goosebumps. They are great memories and the fans will always remember them. I still have them at the forefront of my mind, those memories of having taken the 500cc World Champion title. This year looks like been very equal and hard to call. What do you think?

A.C: I think Rossi will be the one to look out for. He's riding well, but he's not at a higher level than the others, and that means that the competition has become very interesting. From my point of view, I think that any of those riders up there can win races. Sete was runner-up last year, Barros, Hayden, Edwards, Biaggi,... they're all going to win races I'm sure. It will be a keenly fought championship, and very interesting. It won't be like recent season where Rossi won with an air of authority. I hope I'm not wrong anyway… Do you miss top level competition?

A.C: I don't miss it at all. I got tired of travelling all the time, putting up with the pressure, being away from home. Now I have had a son, I can be happy with my family… If being away from races gets to me a bit, all I have to do is go to one and support our riders. What about the future? Do you have any plans to get involved in the championship again? A.C: No. To be honest, any future for me in motorcycling is still in the air at the moment.

MotoGP, 2004

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