MotoGP Analysis: Tough Guy Alberto Puig, In The September Issue

MotoGP Analysis: Tough Guy Alberto Puig, In The September Issue

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“…when you come into the MotoGP paddock, don’t expect anything from anyone. You must fight for it and take it; this is the principle of the fighting spirit…”

As he says these words, he thumps the table three times with his fist to emphasize the point.

“…If you want to be a top rider you must be like this all the time. Not just when you are at the track, but also at home. All the time you must have a mind like the guy who is working in the factory from six in the morning. You must also be selfish, because you cannot imagine the level of selfishness of the top riders. This is what it takes.”

He thumps the table again.

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        If two-time MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner says someone is hard as nails, then they’re really hard as nails. And Stoner says Alberto Puig is hard as nails. 

        In May, 1995 Puig became the second Spaniard in history to win a 500cc Grand Prix. Two months later his career was effectively over when he smashed his left leg to smithereens in a 160-mph crash at Le Mans. A dozen operations failed to fix the damage, so he had no option but to retire and find a job on the less exciting side of pit wall… 

          —MotoGP Analysis: Racers Under Pressure, by MotoGP Editor Mat Oxley

 

Alberto Puig is the Repsol Honda MotoGP team manager. The tough, uncompromising Spaniard tells us how he makes great riders and how his own MotoGP dreams were shattered. Get to know one of the kingmakers of the sportin the latest issue of Roadracing World!

 

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