You win races in the US, but in Italy you face stronger competition. How do you deal with that?
Last year before coming to Italy I expected everyone to be really fast, so when I came it wasn't really a surprise. What I found most difficult was getting up to speed fast: These guys reach their pace in a couple of sessions, but it takes me a bit more time. Plus, all the tracks are new to me. In a way, riding new tracks is nice because all the European tracks are very smooth and they have a history of great MotoGP and World Superbike battles. But it's hard to learn them quickly because all the Italian riders are so fast, and this means extra pressure on me. Plus, I switch from the heavier Yamaha YZF-R3 I race at home to a light RMU 250cc four-stroke here. I need time to adapt, especially with the jet lag. Usually I adjust to European time the last day before we return home.