What’s your take on the coming Dakar…?
I think with more enthusiasm than ever because we have put in so much work, and every day this makes you dream a little bit more and think about everything that is possible. I cannot wait to get there and start. It has been a strange year for the team in 2016 but we have made some important changes and pressurised HRC back in Japan to have the definitive bike that we need. We’ve pushed hard on reliability and have done a lot more kilometres. We’ve changed the logistics of the team and also brought in new staff with a crucial point of experience that perhaps was lacking in the past for what is quite a young group of people. So we have been building on small points and details all around us. We are a good mix. Having management and other riders with experience comes in useful when you find yourself in a race where the stages become complicated. These guys become like a ‘filter’ and we can benefit.