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Moto2, Boscoscuro: "My team in MotoGP? I would not be content just to participate."

The Italian bike is dominating in Moto2: "we have everything to win the title. I'm happy with Aldeguer in Ducati, he has uncommon abilities. The regulation to change is that of Moto3, the bikes are too small."

Moto2: Boscoscuro:

It's not just Ducati that dominates in MotoGP. In Moto2, it is the Boscoscuro that swells its muscles and monopolizes the podium at Le Mans. It is a project that started way back in 2010 when the 4-stroke intermediate class was born, and has grown over the years. Luca Boscoscuro had had a lot of satisfaction in the past, but now he is excelling. "Considering that we also won 8 of the last 9 races, it's not bad. In Italy we are very good at making motorcycles," he smiles.

How are you experiencing this moment?
"I am very happy, but in the end you always look to the following Sunday. When the next weekend starts, you forget what you did in the one before. We have been working hard to try to always give our best."

What is the secret?
"Definitely I have a very good group of people around me, plus we chose the right riders even when things were not really going well. Kudos must also be given to the riders, because they help you develop the bike in the right direction and they are always the spearhead."

For Boscoscuro this is a magical moment, but have you never had any doubts all these years?
"If I have to look at all the riders who have gone through with us, they always had their best seasons on our bike, so there wasn't a lot of doubt. As we grew in experience, we understood a lot more things and when we had the right riders we always went well, we were never out of the points. As I said last year: the Kalex won and the Kalex finished last, you always need the rider."

Do you feel a little bit David against Goliath?
"Honestly, I'm not afraid of anyone. Even in the period when KTM was with its bike, we were not afraid, in fact we made 10 podiums."

Do you still like this Moto2?
"A lot, and I'm not saying that because I have my own bike. It is a category that really brings out the rider, you see who is strong and who is not, in fact everyone from Moto2 who goes to MotoGP is a protagonist, while no one has succeeded coming from other categories. This class is very difficult, more so than MotoGP. Acosta is a phenomenon, but last year at the beginning of the season he struggled, while he was immediately competitive in the premier class. Moto2 skims hard, those who go hard here have a chance to do the same in MotoGP."

You had shown this with Quartararo, whom you manage to 'salvage,' and now Ducati has already put Aldeguer under contract. You have a nose for riders...
(laughs) "That is fundamental to make the results, if rider and team work well the bike then becomes competitive. Fermin has a very high potential, uncommon abilities. This year he hasn't got into gear yet, he hasn't been in the lucky part of the season, but in Jerez he won big and in Portimao he came close to the podium after two long laps. He's doing great, but Moto2 is the hardest category and when everything is not 100 percent it's hard to even be in the top 10."

As a scout, do you see a difficult generational turnover for Italians in the minor categories?
"Normally we are lucky because someone always comes up, but definitely the Spanish are the ones with the most advantage because they believe in it much more. If you go to JuniorGP, most of the riders are Spanish, especially in Moto3, there are so many. There used to be more Italians, it's also a question of numbers, quantity. Let's see what Bertelle and Lunetta will be able to do, they are two who could make results, we have to count a little on luck as well."

Would you like to have an Italian on the team?
"In the European Moto2 I have two Italians. After Lopez and Aldeguer, there are now Mattia Casadei and Alberto Surra, and I hope they will also make it to the World Championship."

There are rumors in the paddock that a manager like you would be very useful to Honda in MotoGP...
"That's a great compliment, you never know (laughs). For now, I'm just trying to work hard and have fun in Moto2."

Have you ever thought about taking your team to MotoGP?
"It's logical that it would be top, but to make such a leap you need the basics, including economic ones. Going there just to participate is not in my ambitions, I would like to fight to finish in the top 5 and that is much more complicated today."

Has no manufacturer ever approached you to collaborate in Moto2? To bring up young riders for the move to MotoGP?
"KTM is already doing a very good job in that sense, also Yamaha has its own team in Moto2. I don't think Ducati needs me, because there's not a rider right now who doesn't want to go on one of their bikes (laughs)."

Do you like the new MotoGP technical regulations?
"In my opinion, the reduction in displacement is too small. I think in 2027 the 850 cc will already have the performance of the 1,000, if not this year's, then last season's. From the aerodynamic point of view we will see, it's fine that they have eliminated the lowering devices, I didn't expect anything more. I was thinking of a more restrictive regulation because the bikes now are beautiful, but they go very, very fast."

Would Moto2 also need some changes?
"I would like to have 30/40 hp more, but the regulation that is not correct is the Moto3 one. Now, with the minimum age limit set at 18, the bikes are too small, the guys have grown a lot physically. At that age they are six feet tall, in fact they train with 600s and then they race with 60-hp bikes, something is wrong."

Is Moto3 a project you would like to tackle?
"Yes because I like to work with young riders, to find the kid who will then make it to MotoGP. That's what I hope every rider who comes through my team does, it gives me satisfaction. I'm so happy that Aldeguer is going, it means we have worked well."

Meanwhile you have 4 riders in the top 5 of the Moto2 World Championship, is it time to think about the title?
"We set out to win it because both Aldeguer and Lopez have the potential to do it, then only one can do it."

Did you miss not having succeeded yet?
"Yes, but you need a lot of things to do it and it has never been like that. With Quartararo in the first two races we didn't even get into the points, then the MotoGP issue came along and that de-concentrated him."

Now it's all there, you have no excuses!
"I'm not hiding (laughs). The best rider and the team that works best always win, so we have to commit to helping the rider and he has to help us."

When a bike wins, then everyone wants it. Are new potential customers already calling you?
"There would be no problem to produce more material, in 2013 I had 8 bikes on the grid. You have to make a selection, I would like to work with teams that want to win, not those that want to participate, to always find new riders and teams that invest in the sport. If there is a project I like I am happy to be part of it, otherwise I will do without."

With the entry of Liberty Media, do you have the fear that it might focus everything on MotoGP and reduce the importance of Moto2 and Moto3?
"I don't think so, also because a weekend could not stand with only a 40-minute MotoGP race. Also, unlike Formula 1, the riders already put on a show in Moto2 and Moto3 and then go on to MotoGP, so they serve to raise interest. I expect that they will work even more on young promising riders."

 

Translated by Julian Thomas

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