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Fresh from double fifth place finishes in the Grands Prix of Qatar and the Americas, NGM Forward Racing’s Simone Corsi analyses his start to the Moto2™ season. The Roman is particularly keen to improve on Saturdays…
Simone, from a technical point of view, what are you missing in order to win?
In terms of the bike, nothing at all. We have a good base with the Kalex chassis and in 2013 we were able to be highly competitive with it, even though we may have been missing some of the later updates. Perhaps we are lacking a bit of feeling and we also missed two pre-season tests, which maybe affected us. All in all, though, we are feeling good from a technical point of view.
You are also a trained police officer – have you had to make any sacrifices?
Not at the moment. As long as I am racing, the police force is able to work around my racing career. When I stop racing, I would like to become a policeman full-time.
The next round of the World Championship will be in Argentina, which is new for everybody. Will that make much of a difference for you?
It will certainly be the same for everybody, except Terol and Rabat who did test there last year. Tito in particular has been going very strong and could find himself at an advantage at that circuit but, anyway, we have four days there and we should all start picking it up as we go along. I am fast enough to learn a new track and I don’t think it will be too difficult.
So far this season, you have pulled off two strong recovery riders in Qatar and Texas; however, maybe it you could qualify better it would make life easier…
Yes, that is what we were missing at Losail and Austin. It can be difficult to climb back up because you find yourself involved in a lot of fights. Perhaps two fifth places in the races do tell us more about the qualifying than anything else, considering that I was running tenth on the first lap of both races. From there it is always hard to push through to the front, even though my pace has been good.
If you could jump up to MotoGP™ now, which bike would you be aiming for?
Obviously a factory bike is the dream of every rider, but there are not many around at the moment. Surely, at the moment I would have to choose our bike: the Forward-Yamaha. That is definitely a good base with which to do well in the premier class.
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