The holidays ended for everyone, and now some tough training is just around the corner for the 2020 season, which will be crucial for many riders, especially for their future. Andrea Migno is certainly one of them. He's a veteran of the category who turned 24 today. Happy birthday, MIG! He returned to the Sky Racing Team VR46 after his experience in Angel Nieto's team and in Fiorenzo Caponera's, which left the racing scene at the end of 2019. How have these holiday months been?
“Everything's good. I just got back from the mountains where we snowboarded. We're all snowboarders, so we have fun. Now, however, we are back in full swing with training."
During this prep stage for the season, how's the riders' training going? Are you focusing more on their physical training and less on the bike?
"Yes, we go to the gym a lot, but only because it's a bit cold on the bike during these months. Ours is a sport that depends a lot on the weather."
The tests are getting closer. In fact, you've already gotten a taste of the "new" team in Jerez at the end of the 2019 season. On that occasion, you also ended the day with the best time. How did you feel about getting back on the team?
“More than a team, they're a family to me. Going back to the Sky Racing Team VR46 is just like returning home after a trip, and I'm not saying that to downplay my experience these past years, which have really given me so much. I knew that the team had improved a lot. Now we're talking about a really top team, a reference for the category. It was raining in Jerez, but the day went well. Then we got the pole and from the Valencia podium, so I was feeling great."
About 2019, which ended with that great test in Valencia. What was it like working with a team that halfway through the season already knew that it wouldn't be around in 2020?
“It wasn't easy, but the whole team showed they were 100% professional, and the fact that they allowed me to get a pole and the podium in the last race of the year is a clear demonstration. I felt really bad, especially for the mechanics who were left empty handed. I saw that they were looking for new jobs. Being in the VR46, I knew I was going to land on my feet and that Uccio would find the best solution for me."
And they decided to send you back to the Sky Racing Team.
"It was unexpected. Uccio hadn't talked to me about it, and it was a huge blow for me. I'm really happy."
With regard to the Valencia race. That was a victory that you lost by only 5 thousandths of a second... what's that like?
“It happens when there are group competitions. You happen to win or loose with these gaps. Unfortunately, that's how our category is. It's a group sport. We can't do anything about it."
It's also becoming a group sport in qualifying or practice. How do you see this trend?
“What we do during the tests, including the warm up, is shameful. And? It's ugly. I'm kind of ashamed, but when everyone does the same thing, and everyone earns from it, you can't just sit and watch. I like the idea of the Super Pole, but those in charge will decide."
As we mentioned before, you turned 24 today, You're one of the old men in the category. What do you expect to accomplish in 2020?
"The objective is always the same. To win. But once we start, you'll see what my true potential is. I want to find an excellent feeling with the bike right away, just like I did in the second half of this season. I want to be competitive in all the races and do well in practice. But the Moto3 is always like winning a lottery."
Do you think a lot of your future depends on this season?
"I've been in this category for many years now. I'd like to get into the Moto2 in 2021 and do it with a competitive team because having a solid team behind you in that category really makes a big difference."
But your experience could help Celestino Vietti. Rookie of the Year in 2019 and a rider with great prospect. You have a good relationship off the track, how can you help each other?
“His presence could help me a lot. Having a strong young man next to me, like Masia last year, spurs me , and this year will be crucial for me. We have to take advantage of the fact that we have a good relationship to help us do more than we would do alone."
It'll also be a crucial year for the MotoGP. Do you still see Marquez as the leader?
“I cheer for our own both for patriotism and friendship. Vale, Pecco, Franco, and I are friends, so I support them. It's an important year for all three. I'd like to see them at the top, and I know they can do it. Quartararo is really very fast, and I think that if he continues like he did in 2019, he could race in the world championship with Dovi and Marquez."