Interview: HRC Boss Shuhei Nakamoto

Cycle News Staff | November 13, 2011

His official title is Honda Racing Corporation Vice President, but around the MotoGP paddock he’s known as the boss.Shuhei Nakamoto had a plan when he took control of Honda’s MotoGP effort in 2009. He knew he had to improve the motorcycle, he had to hire better personnel, and he had to strengthen the rider lineup. The crowning touch was hiring Casey Stoner early last year.Everything was in place for the 2011 season and the results have been impressive. Heading into the Valencia season finale, Honda had won 12 of 16 races, the Riders Championship, the Constructors Championship, and the Teams Championship.Nakamoto spoke about the season prior to the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang.

How do you feel about Casey Stoner winning the Championship?

Honestly I am very happy. When I saw the checkered flag, I was just relieved, but half an hour later, joy came to strike me.

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