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Working in MotoGP: Kawasaki Racing Competition manager Michael Bartholemy

Working in MotoGP: Kawasaki Racing Competition manager Michael Bartholemy

In the first of a series of Working in MotoGP interviews Kawasaki Racings Competition manager Michael Bartholemy explains to motogp.com the role he plays in the World Championship.

In the first of a series of Working in MotoGP interviews Kawasaki Racings Competition manager Michael Bartholemy explains to motogp.com the role he plays in the World Championship.

Throughout the 2007 summer break Working in MotoGP will take you behind the scenes in the MotoGP paddock, as we meet a wide selection of people who play significant roles off the track in the World Championship and they reveal the specifics of their involvement in Grand Prix racing.

Bartholemys job entails running Kawasakis MotoGP racing unit, overseeing the entire operation throughout the season, communicating with the factorys HQ, providing media announcements, keeping the riders happy and ultimately aiming to produce results on race days...

What are your main responsibilities?
To make Kawasaki competitive. I have to take care of everything from riders, to mechanics, to logistics Everything except technical matters. I´m the link between Japan and the Racing Team.

What are the hardest aspects of your job?
To bring together, simultaneously, all the aspects of a competitive package, such as a certain rider at a certain time with the best bike, the best tyres, the best mechanics and so on.

What are the most exciting and rewarding moments in your job?
When you see that you are successful in creating a good working strategy for the team; when the people around you are happy; and, obviously, when you get a good result in a race!

How does your typical routine for each day of a Grand Prix weekend differ?
My routine is to wake up at seven in the morning (or earlier) and go to bed at 2am! But really, there is no routine. In the morning, I come in and deal with correspondence and so on but after that, it all depends on how the day goes and what arises that I need to deal with. That really could be anything and we always work late in to the night

How has your job changed in the time you have been involved in MotoGP?
I think the main thing is that when I was in Supersport before, I could make all the decisions I liked but there was never the money to carry them through. Now, in MotoGP, I have to convince the people I work for to go in a certain direction but the money is available to make it happen.

How did you first arrive in the MotoGP paddock?
I arrived in 2003 when Kawasaki asked me to join them in Valencia. I´d been running a Supersport team, and was thinking of quitting racing, but they kept asking me to go to just one race so I went and saw what they were doing in MotoGP and I´m still here!

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, Kawasaki Racing Team

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