Oliveira and Vinales fond of Le Mans track, Rins hoping to profit from video game preparation
As the Repsol Moto3 Team riders make their way to the French Grand Prix, they’re looking to improve their form. Miguel Oliveira made his first appearance in France last year, capped off with a top ten finish. He feels comfortable with the Le Mans circuit. Teammate Álex Rins will undertake his first race at the track, aiming to maintain his place in the top six in his rookie season.
Maverick Viñales was a winner at Le Mans last year, in his debut campaign in the World Championship. That made him the youngest Spaniard ever to win a Grand Prix and was the Repsol rider’s first podium. A repeat of the triumph would give him the lead of the Moto3 class.
Miguel Oliveira “I like Le Mans; it is fast and technical. I am looking forward to riding there, as I haven’t been able to finish the past two races and have the objective of finishing in the points. This is the second time that I have raced at the track and last year it was good to me —I was able to put down fast times and I felt comfortable. I placed in the points, which is what I will try to do this year. I want to be competitive, take things with calm and think about the race”.
Álex Rins “We have to keep pushing ourselves as we have been up to now, as the team have been doing a fabulous job. When we arrive at Le Mans we will need to try to adapt to the track as soon as possible and get a good result. As I haven’t ridden at the track before, what I have done is visualise it playing a computer game; when I get there, Emilio [Alzamora] and José Carrión will take me for a couple of laps to give me some advice for doing as well as possible on Sunday”.
Maverick Viñales “This is a circuit that I like a lot, above all because of the win last year. Le Mans is a good track for me and fits my style, with strong braking and fast acceleration. I think that Honda will have to get on the case, just like us, as hard work is needed. We arrive in France happy to be up there with the frontrunners, with the confidence of Qatar back again. Now we need to make some steady improvement”.
Source: Repsol Media