ing and try to get the best results. I am truly a fighter.
It does not matter what is going to happen next year or
even tomorrow. On this day, I will give it my all to bring
Honda the glory it deserves.
“THERE ARE RIDERS
WHO WIN TITLES AND
GET SUCH A BIG HEAD
THAT YOU CANNOT EVEN
SHAKE HANDS WITH
THEM. I DON’T RESPECT
HONDA PAID GAUTIER PAULIN BIG MONEY,
YET YOU OUTPERFORMED HIM. That is a good
comment, and it is like that. Without the details of
Paulin’s contract, I do not know how to respond. I think
that Honda put a lot of effort and salary into him, and
maybe he did not give all that Honda expected. It is dif-
ficult to fully comment on this topic. When Paulin was
at Kawasaki, everybody expected him to win the title.
At that same time, I was not so far away from him in
the championship. Sometimes riders sign a big contract
and then they don’t try very hard. They just want to get
through the season, whether they win or not, because
they have a multi-year contract. I’m not saying that was
the case with Paulin. What I do know is that I give
everything I have with all my heart.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON FELLOW
HONDA RIDER TIM GAJSER WINNING THE 450
WORLD TITLE? I am honestly happy for him. He made
history. He is the youngest rider to win the 450 World
Championship. I really respect Tim, and he is a nice person. He was the 250 World Champion, and he won the