Moncayo and Faubel looking for turn of fortunes in Portugal
The MotoGP calendar is allowing little time for rest this week as the series moves directly from Spain to Portugal for the third round of the season. The Estoril circuit has for the last couple of years been known as the ‘fifth home race’ for Spanish riders, with so many of their fans making the short trip across the border to lend their vociferous and passionate support.
BANKIA ASPAR pair Héctor Faubel and Alberto Moncayo head west looking for a turnaround in fortunes after two disappointing weekends in Qatar and Jerez, where their plans were ruined by wet weather. The main priority for the BANKIA ASPAR Team is to get the most out of the KALEX chassis, with a completely new update due to arrive soon. Faubel and Moncayo will both be looking to build confidence at Estoril after suffering crashes last weekend but they both have the benefit of previous success at this track. In 2007 Faubel took victory in the 125cc class to go with two prior podiums there whilst Moncayo has qualified on the front two rows for the past two seasons and has a top six finish to his name.
Héctor Faubel: “I have great memories of Estoril. I scored my first podium there and only missed out on the podium by 0.008 seconds. Since then I have taken victory there and I like the track a lot. The team is working well and I won’t lose my motivation so let’s see if we can pick up a result this weekend.”
Alberto Moncayo: “Portugal is a circuit I like although the weather can play you a bad hand there any time. I hope it is good to us this weekend although it’s pretty impossible that you get a weekend without wind. If we have to spend another weekend battling the weather like at Jerez then that’s what we’ll have to do. Hopefully we can make some progress with the bike that allows us to push for a good result.”
Source: Aspar Team