Faubel targets Silverstone podium repeat, Moncayo hopes for change of fortunes
Almost six kilometres of wide open, fast and flowing tarmac beckons the new Moto3 class this weekend as the Silverstone circuit in the UK plays host to the sixth round of the championship. The longest track on the calendar is also one of the fastest and bumpiest due to F1 racing, with the British summer weather always another factor to take into account. After four different winners from the opening four round of the season last time out in Catalunya Maverick Viñales became the first rider to double up, although the Spaniard still trails to the current series leader Sandro Cortese. Heavy rain and high winds made life particularly difficult for the minor category here last season and the forecast is for similar weather this weekend.
BANKIA Aspar rider Héctor Faubel coped better than most in the wet and wild conditions last year, finishing third – a result he would love to repeat after showing podium potential in practice over the opening five rounds without being able to realise it on a consistent basis. His team-mate Alberto Moncayo will run the new Kalex this weekend and after a difficult Grand Prix in Barcelona he is hoping to return to the fight at the front, where he featured in the previous round at Le Mans.
Alberto Moncayo: “We’ll have a new update for the bike at Silverstone and according to my team-mate Héctor it should make the bike perform much better. I know that we are going to take a step forward and our aim is to put a bad weekend in Barcelona behind us. Motivation is high and we are looking forward to working hard with the new material to make sure that we are improving at least at the same rate as the rest of the field. We are getting closer to the points and we need to make another push this weekend. I am not a big fan of Silverstone but everything will be new with the Moto3 bike so we have to be positive and work hard from the first session because as usual every minute will be crucial.”
Héctor Faubel: “We have performed to a high level over the last two rounds but we’ve been out of luck in terms of turning our potential into results. I hope it’s third time lucky because we were in with a good chance at Le Mans and Montmeló but for various reasons missed out twice. We are not going to let that affect us though and the objective will be to push hard from the first session to be as competitive as possible on Sunday. I finished third at Silverstone in the wet last weekend and I hope I can be back on the podium this time, on the top step if possible. Silverstone is a very fast circuit and I hope it is as good to us on the Moto3 as it was on the 125.”
Source: Aspar Team