Simon looking forward to flyaway races, confident for strong season finish
The European summer is over for the MotoGP World Championship paddock, which lands in Japan this weekend for the first of three intercontinental adventures that also take in Malaysia and Australia. The thirteenth round of the inaugural Moto2 season takes place at Motegi, the antidote to the long straights and fast corners of Motorland Aragon. The Japanese track features a lot of hard braking and slow corners although the frontrunners are expected to be the same in a season that has become increasingly dominated by three riders: Julian Simón, Toni Elías and Andrea Iannone.
Mapfre Aspar rider Simón has two previous podiums to his name at Motegi, the most recent coming in 2009 on his way to the 125cc title. The Spaniard knows his chances of obtaining the first ever Moto2 title are slim and his main target is to seal a first win in the category before the end of the season. His team-mate Mike Di Meglio is heading to some of his favourite circuits in the world looking to put together a string of consistent results before the end of the campaign.
Julián Simón: “It is very positive that we are going into the flyaway races lying second in the championship. Little by little we are picking up experience and getting a better feel for the bike. I have been on the podium a couple of times at Motegi, I finished second last year and I love the track. I also think the Suter chassis will adapt well to it, especially the hard braking zones, which I love. I just want to keep working as we have done up to now and extend this run of podiums although my objective is to go for the win, which would be good for me and the team. Physically I feel in good shape, I haven’t had a problem all season and I think that if we steer clear of incident we can keep this going to the end of the year.
Source: Mapfre Aspar Team