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The Finnish rider of the Pramac Racing Team gives an interview ahead of the start of his second season in the premier class, in which he outlines his aims for the 2010 campaign.
You come from a country, Finland, where the environment and nature are very prominent. How important is the environment for you?
”From childhood we are taught to respect the environment around us. They teach us that the trees, forests and lakes that surround us are our property and that we must take care of all of them in order to safeguard them as much as possible. The town where I was born, Valkeakoski, is surrounded by greenery and a natural lake, one with the clearest water in the world.”
How aware are you about alternative energy?
“I think that everyone can use renewable energy now. In recent years so many technologies have been developed that allow each person to be able to produce their own domestic energy, by installing solar panels on the roof of their home or in their garden. Climate change is an issue and it can be addressed by everyone – the objective to lower or eliminate CO2 emissions should now become customary for everyone. During a trip to Germany I got to see how Germans derive more than 12% of their energy needs from renewable sources, and their objective is to increase that statistic year by year. I think this could be a primary goal of all European nations.”
In your everyday life, when you're at home, how do you contribute to the protection of the environment?
“I own a house that has a very low environmental impact. In Finland we use special double glazed windows that are almost completely insulated, and my house has this type of window. This prevents the use of heaters all day. I also take great care to separate the trash and buy energy-efficient appliances. In my holiday home I do not have electricity and I want to turn it into a self-sufficient house with some solar panels. The new wind turbines designed by Philippe Starck for Pramac could help me a lot. I was in Milan for the world premiere of the wind turbines and I must say that they are very beautiful. I'll have to ask Paolo Campinoti for a discount on products, according to my results on the track!”
Speaking about you on the track, what do you expect from your second season in the premier class of motorcycling, MotoGP?
“My first year in MotoGP was very satisfying. I was voted ‘Rookie of the Year’, and I was able to achieve a good feeling with the motorbike. Taking the Qatar Test results into consideration, I cannot deny that for the second season I expect to be able to get involved in the top eight. I feel the confidence that the team has placed in me a lot, and I hope to reciprocate this with results on the track.”
What is your target for this year? How do you view your team-mate Aleix Espargaró?
“My aim for my second year is to try and fight for the podium in some races. Aleix is a very determined guy; he has already gained a bit of experience in MotoGP from last year, both in the GPs when he replaced me and the ones that he rode towards the end of the season. During winter Testing he has improved a lot with excellent results. We share the same desire to repay the faith that the team has placed in us. I think that we'll be good team-mates, also being the youngest pairing in MotoGP.”
Interview courtesy of Pramac Racing
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