MC: Alright. That’s the hard-hitting stuff we like to hear. What do you think of Marquez?
CC: Marquez, at the moment, is the best rider in the world.
MC: Because it hasn’t been proven otherwise, or…?
CC: He’s… [sighs and shakes head] yeah, he’s good. Y’know the best thing about Marquez is he knocks people off, he crashes, he gets back up, he busts his eye socket, everybody else cares, he doesn’t. He’s not interested in what people say or think.
Now, I’ve only ever heard the front three guys in MotoGP say… not that they’re scared, but that they’re not looking forward to somebody and it’s about Marquez coming to MotoGP. I’m not looking forward to him coming. And at the end of the day, I think it’s going to be harder to be on the podium next year because Bradl’s fast, very fast, Bautista’s fast, Bradl’s got a factory bike. You’ve got Marquez, one of the best guys in the world now, on a factory bike.
The Ducati ain’t gonna do sh-t, y’know. Our bike, Yamaha need to step up with our machine, no doubt, because this year we ended the year quite a bit off the back of the factory. We started the year close, we ended up quite a bit off. The Yamaha package needs to step up compared to the other manufacturers, really, because Lorenzo’s making the difference, I can tell you that.
MC: So, in other words, Lorenzo is an X-factor that Yamaha has been leaning on?
CC: Yeah, by a long way. He’s just… yeah, he’s something else.
MC: When you see a guy who’s packed up all his stuff on a bike and takes off around the world, what do you think? Do you laugh at that idea? Are you jealous?
CC: I’m not jealous because I don’t really want to get too cold [laughs]. No, anybody who rides a motorcycle, I like. Sometimes I’ve had a few rivals, [laughs], no, but, I’m pleased if people are riding motorcycles, I’m pleased that people enjoy bikes. As I said, if it wasn’t for those guys, we wouldn’t be racing. They’re helping promote two wheels. Some people say, “It’s this, it’s that, it’s dangerous, it’s not dangerous,” but at the end of the day when people get on motorcycles they normally love it. I’ve not met a lot of people that get on a motorcycle and then say, “Oh, I really don’t want to get on a motorcycle again.” What I’ve always said about motorcyclists is that they respect each other. In England, I don’t know if you do it here, but we nod or wave or whatever. It’s like a community.
MC: Last question, what do you see yourself doing with motorcycles when you’re done racing? Get a modular helmet and an ADV bike and go around the world? Probably not, because you don’t want to get cold, but what do you see yourself doing with motorcycles after you race? Or do you think it’ll be a departure and you’ll go do something else?
CC: I don’t know, I’ve never really had a desire to run a team. I’ve never had a desire to do something like that. I don’t really know why. Maybe I could do what my manager does, Bobby Moore, he looks after me. So I could maybe do that, but it always depends. It depends if you’re happy with your life, it depends if you feel like you’ve achieved enough. If I went through and never won a MotoGP race, I probably wouldn’t be happy, I’d probably want to do something… I don’t mean never happy, just I’d want to do something. I don’t know maybe become a cyclist. It’d be late, but I could still win. But, I think, y’know, you look at most motorbike racers that have retired and they always have to do something else. I don’t think I could just sit on a beach for the rest of my life. So yeah, maybe I would have time to ride around the world.