After speaking to Luca Marini, I just couldn’t help myself. In this piece, I talk to Lorenzo Baldassarri, who I will happily admit to being a massive fan of! He dislocated both shoulders in Qatar and had a thrilling battle with Johann Zarco at Mugello, so what does Iron Balda have to say?
What got you hooked into riding bikes?
I started when I was 3 years old in the mini cross. I like so much and this started my passion with pocket bikes.
Who do you want to be like?
What was your aim at the beginning of the season and what is it now?
My aim was to be in the top five because we finish last season in them positions. Now, my aim is to be in the top 3 or top 5 every race.
Has your height ever been against you?
Yes, it was a problem in Moto3. My first year was very tough because I can’t tuck in for the speed on the straight.
What are the plans for next season and beyond?
The plans for next season are that I will remain at Forward Racing in Moto2. My target is to reach the best result, maybe the title.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, is so far away. Maybe MotoGP in a top team.
What is your favourite food?
Pizza with French Fries.
What country would you like to visit and why?
I would go to the Maldives. I like the sea, the sun. It is very warm.
Who has the best fashion sense in your team?
Haha, my dad! But apart from him, not many people are very stylish in my team. They are not so cool! Maybe I am the best. In fact, no, no, the boss is very stylish. Definitely him!
How helpful is the VR46 Academy?
It is very helpful for me. It is a great opportunity because we are in a big group with other riders. This is good because we are friends but also we increase our limits and performance. With Valentino, it is very helpful to train with him and have him as a teacher.
Kiko Giles @MotoGPKiko