Current CEV leader Alex Marquez joins Oliveira, Rins and Vinales for Catalunya Grand Prix
After the tricky race in the wet at Le Mans, the Moto3 riders are hoping for better conditions this weekend. Second in the standings, Maverick Viñales is gunning for his second win of 2012 at a track where he placed on the rostrum last year. Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira will also try to earn a strong result from the excellent form that he has shown so far this season.
Teammate Álex Rins is out to continue on from his outstanding maiden podium at the French GP with another positive result this weekend, whilst Álex Márquez makes a third appearance as a Moto3 wildcard in a rich run of form, having taken a podium and the series lead in the CEV Spanish Championship this past Sunday.
Miguel Oliveira “I am very confident heading to Montmeló, as it is a familiar track for me. I want to put an end to the bad luck that we have had since the Spanish Grand Prix and will be approaching this round as if it were the first of the season; we’ll start from zero, but with the advantage of having previous experience from the races beforehand.
We are undoubtedly one of the frontrunners for every race, so I am quietly confident. I can’t wait to start the weekend and do an excellent job in order to give the team the reward that they deserve”.
Álex Rins “I am very happy with the result from Le Mans, but we have to keep on working in the same way in order to maintain our form. I want to thank Doctor Mir and his medical team, because they have helped me to make a speedy recovery. Now I just have to see how I go on the bike. Montmeló is a track that I like a lot, and I ride with the small advantage of knowing it inside out.
It is a special moment to be riding at home for the first time in the World Championship, so I am excited to get on track and enjoy myself. I hope to do as well as possible over the course of the weekend”.
Álex Márquez “I can’t wait for this home race to come around. This is my third wild card appearance, after Jerez and Estoril, and I think that I am in good form after the results in the CEV. It is a shame about my crash last weekend, but I think that I have enough time to recover and get back to 100% for this round, ready to fight to finish in the points again.
The Circuit de Catalunya is a track I know well and I like it because it is well balanced in terms of technique and speed. We shall see how it goes”
Maverick Viñales “Logically, every time that we ride in Spain it is a special occasion, because it is where we feel most at home. Montmeló is even more special for me, because it is the closest track to where I live and is where I have the most friends and family members in attendance. We weren’t so lucky at Le Mans, but despite this I am excited about racing this weekend. I hope to have a good race and wash the bad taste from my mouth from Le Mans.
Montmeló is a track that I like and where we have been able to go fast before. I am very motivated, the bike is competitive and I will have plenty of home support, so we have to think positive and hope for a good result”.
Source: Repsol Media