From Repsol Honda:
Interview ALEX CRIVILLÉ
500 WORLD CHAMPION
QUESTION: How do you feel after winning the title?
ALEX CRIVILLÉ: Today is the happiest day of my life. I've just reached the goal I set myself when I started out on my professional racing career.
Q: Does that mean there is now nothing left for you to aim for?
AC: There are always new challenges. But from now on I will have to find new objectives. But I don't really want to think about that right now. Today, I just want to make the most of my victory in the championship÷
Q: You've already tasted victory in a world championship÷ back in 1989, when you took the title in the 125 class...
AC: Yes, at the time that was very important to me. I was the youngest ever world champion, but not the first Spaniard. In our country, there were other riders that were already living legends. But it's different today. This is a new page in history. There can be no greater triumph in a motorcycle racer's career than winning the 500 cc world championship. It's also something that all my fans have been waiting for. To me, it feels like I've achieved the ultimate result. Naturally, I'm very proud. I'm very, very happy.
Q: Champions usually want to dedicate their victories to someone. Is this how you feel?
AC: There are many people to whom I could dedicate this victory but the first person that comes to my mind is my father. At the beginning of my career he didn't want me to race at all. But he ended up being my biggest fan. He would have been proud of his son today. Then there's the rest of my family: my mother, my brothers and sisters... and everybody who has helped me, my team and last but not least, all my fans. They're the best crowd in the world.
Q: What was going through your mind during the final laps of today's race?
AC: They were the longest and the hardest of my whole life÷
Q: Have you been thinking about Mick Doohan at all?
AC: Of course, I would have liked him to be racing and I would have loved to win with him on the track. But that's not the way it happened. As I've always said: that's racing. Mick made a mistake. Before Jerez, we raced two GPs together and we both finished in front of each other in one of those two races. I don't know what might have happened. The only thing I can say is that it wouldn't have been easy for him. But I must say he has also been my best teacher during these years.
Q: What about your other opponents?
AC: Roberts looked strong at the beginning but he made mistakes and had problems as the season progressed. Biaggi found it hard to reach a competitive level on the Yamaha. Then there's my teammate, Tady Okada, who turned out to be my toughest rival. I think that it's been a wonderful season for our team. There are no team orders or anything, we each run our own championship. It was that way when I raced against Mick and I think that's the only way it should be.
Q: Tell us about the race
AC: The most important today was winning the championship. I had nothing to show, so I wanted to grab some points basically. I'm really satisfied.
Q: What are your plans now?
AC: In a week's time we'll be racing at the Argentine Grand Prix and I would like to celebrate the title by winning that race. Then I'll be flying back to Spain, something's being prepared for me back home÷ After that I'll be going to Motegi for an exhibition race. Then... it's holiday time! But we'll be starting work on the 2000 season all too soon.