And what was the turning point?
- From Brno we said: well, enough with the complaining alread. This is what we have and nobody is going to fix it for us. It was clear that we had tried everything but could not improve the bike or the tires, so we put all our effort to try to minimize the damage.
How does a multiple-race winner such as yourself cope with 10 consecutive races without a win this season, and a streak of 17 races without a win?
- At first I did not think much of it, because after the crash at Malaysia last year, we were winless as a result of the fall. But this season felt dreadfully long. We were very close, but I was missing that last little bit mid-race and towards the end of the races, but I was always looking for it.
How would you rate yourself, your team, and Honda?
- Thats tough. Not because I do not want to grade us, but because things have already passed, and between us we have already spoken. Everyone already knows what they need to improve, and I would not want to publicly criticize anyone. But as for me, in the first part of the championship I was good, in the second not so good, and the last part I rode very well.
What were the highlights for you in 2007?
- Probably the last race at Valencia was my favorite, but also the close race with Rossi at Portugal (Estoril), and Le Mans in the rain.
How much do you feel the bike has progressed since it was introduced to you in Sepang preseason testing, up until the the last race at Valencia?
- I would say probably not much, but in the way that a parent doesn't see their child growing on a day to day basis, yet someone visits months/years later and the child has "changed" so much to them. Up until Barcelona, we began to achieve significant improvements in terms of quality. Ever since then, we made minor improvements, but nothing really major.
If you had the bike working as it did at Valencia since race 1, do you think you could have gone head to head with Casey Stoner?
- Perhaps I could have been closer, but it is what it is. We have had many ups and downs. Valencia was a high, but Phillip Island was our low. Although the expectations were very high, I'd go race and we wouldn't perform. We could have done more at some races where we probably lacked that extra drive.
Do you think you worked harder to be 2nd place than Casey did to be Champion?
- It would seem so.
2007 600RR - Arata Full Ti, Bazzaz ZFI/AFM, Pipercross Race filter, Repsol 4T synthetic, 520 ERV3 conversion, 15/43 renthal sprockets, Galfer Superbike brake lines, Vesrah RJL's, Bridgestone BT002 Pro Soft/Medium, Vortex rearsets, Ten kate replica intake, red/white/black rattle can spray job.
R.I.P. Chenhan Wu aka Phatstud 05/08/1980-10/19/2010. May you find Peace and may Peace find you.
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