As you know, I stay away from MotoGP serious stuff like racers and motorcycles. I leave that to specialists like Motomatters . But since I was hosted by the San Marino people, and this very special MotoGP Moto2 racer comes from San Marino, the occasion to do an interview with a professional and all-round nice guy was too good to pass.
Of course I am talking about San Marino's 28 year old native son, Alex de Angelis . I sat down with Alex in the San Marino MotoGP and asked him a few personal questions. Alex's English is near perfect, and his smiling personality makes him an easy interview. He is not shy, and is easy to talk to.
Here is the interview of Alex de Angelis.
Q: You live here in San Marino, but most of the time you are travelling. How long are you away from home every year?
A: I think I spend more time away from home, around the world. Like even in December and January, there is a rule that we are not allowed to ride, so I went to America to learn English.
It means like really, I am at home for 30 to 40% of the year, the rest I am around.
Q: When you travel, what do you miss the most?
A: Nothing. I'm lucky because I am getting money to do what I like to do, to do what in the beginning I paid a lot of money to do. So I am very lucky, I am living my dream.
The only period that I miss home is the coming period, October, I spend all of October around the world. So family, I have three young sisters, my friends; of course it is not easy to spend a lot of time around the world, kind of stressful you know. But I like it.
Q: Do you miss things like your mother's cooking, or swimming in the sea here?
A: We're lucky you know, San Marino is a very fine place, in 10 minutes we in on the beach at Rimini, especially during this time it is a fantastic place to live. Any time I go to a place that is cold and has no beach, I do not feel at home.
Q: How to you have a social life, when you are away, you can not be with your friends?
A: I keep in touch with my friends. There are always friends around me as a motorcycle rider, they push me, they support me. If I have to train, I go with them. I go to the beach with them. I like to spend time with them. When I am travelling, I am always, always, alone. My father come with me to the races in the Europe part, but like now Australia, Asia and Japan, I go alone. So my friends miss me a lot.
Q: So to have a girlfriend, that must make it difficult for you?
A: Absolutely, especially with girlfriends. If you have a girlfriend, you have to find a girlfriend who has a lot of free time, so she can come you around the world, or a passion to wait for you. It is not easy. Like I do not have a girlfriend at the moment. So this is not a problem - for the moment.
Q: At what age did you start racing?
A: 7-8 years old with a mini-bike. Because my father had a car garage, so I was born inside with tools and everything.
Q: Privately do you ride a motorcycle?
A: NO. I just have a scooter to go to the beach to avoid the traffic. Fantastic.
Q: Are you happy? Do you get up in the morning and say "yaaaay", or are there times you say "baaaah" ?
A: Like I said in the beginning, I am very happy. They pay me for what I like doing. But of course, like this season, it is not going very well, I'm not happy. I do not wake up and say "Yeeeaaah". I wake up like "Hmmmmm", "we must try to find a way to improve". But as a person, I am happy. I am just not happy this year.
Thank you Alex.