We caught up with Forward Racing rider Claudio Corti who looks like a man who’d suit the Isle of Man TT rather than a circuit. The Italian has a long standing relationship with Forward after making his debut with the team back in 2010. With Stefan Bradl having moved to Aprilia the Italian was asked to step in until the end of the season and he duly obliged.
I think the obvious question to start with is you’re back in MotoGP, what’s it feel like to be back?
I feel good you know, but it is difficult to come into a team in the middle of the season and jump on another bike for another rider. The mechanics already know me, but they fixed the bike for Stefan in the last 6 or 7 races, it is hard to change their mentality to fix the bike for my riding style so I can’t work on the bike like I would hope. I have had to adapt my riding style and my sensation with the bike in a short time it is difficult to understand. In FP2 I started feeling something with the bike just today and now we look to work on it.
How hard is it been away from MotoGP and then coming back in during the season?
The problem is that the level here is very high and the two years I have been away from the paddock the difference is big and the step up is huge. Last year I rode Superbike with MV and we had many troubles so I didn’t get the feeling. For me been 3 seconds from the top is really good for me. I have had nothing in terms of preparation the others had winter testing and mid season testing. I am happy to be back and stay on the bike.
We have a real link, I live only 20km from the factory in Lugano so it is good to be back with them.
So what are your hopes for today?
We did a big step from FP1 to FP2 and when you do something and have to move back it can be hard. But we are starting to make the sensation with it and we have found something good. We will concentrate on acceleration and find how I can open the throttle earlier.
How much does the weather come into play in England?
(Laughs) No in Italy we are going around naked now. You know I never had an issue with whatever the weather is. Sometimes I feel better in the rain than the dry. The problem is now I have never rode this bike in the wet so it would be hard for us. I like the track either way and have good memories I won the stock 600 here in 2005. It is a special track.
What do you think of the fans in England are they the best?
The fans here are great they are really quiet. The education compared to the Italian is a million times better. You know in Italy we have all Valentino but here you have a bigger window people support the British riders. In Italy it is only Valentino or he is s&£t, there is no one else. At this point we asked about Biaggi, Corti’s reply was “No one likes Biaggi in Italy” Ouch.
So do you look up to Valentino?
Yeah in Italy though they have to put barriers up for separation it is crazy, here in England it is a little more relaxed, you can get closer to the fans without the worry.
What are you aiming for in the race?
The last two races was to finish. Anything is possible, but the target is getting closer to Loris and some other riders with the Open. In Brno I finished in front of Karel who owns the circuit so I was satisfied. The target for every race though is to finish. If you crash after two laps you have nothing to watch to grow. I’d like get some points it is possible but we must work hard.
Are you wanting to stay here next year?
You know to be a realist it is impossible because there is only one bike, my idea was to come back to Superbike with a good bike because I think that I can be competitive in the series and do a good job better than here, I think I can reach the top 6.
How does it effect you mentality running at the back of the field, you want to be near the top every rider does surely?
Yes but I know at this moment it is not possible, but if I can get closer to the guys near me then we can make a good race and have some fun. Everyone likes to win but when it is not possible you have to be a realist and do the maximum you think you can do.