Juanfran Guevara excited and motivated for Austin GP
The Circuit Of The Americas in Texas is preparing to host the MotoGP World Championship for only the second time this weekend as the series heads west across the Atlantic for another long-haul race before the start of the European road trip.
After an opening night in the suburban desert of Qatar the stunning new facility on the outskirts of Austin presents another stern challenge for the Moto3 riders and their engineers, with its mammoth 5.513km of technical layout and, at 1.2km, the longest straight on the entire calendar.
Miller, Márquez and Vázquez were the names inscribed onto the podium trophies in Doha but after a typically open start to the season in the minor category there could be any number of aspirants this weekend.
MAPFRE Aspar rider Juanfran Guevara is hoping to put himself amongst them as he travels to Austin in optimistic mood following an encouraging weekend in Qatar. The youngster made progress throughout his debut Grand Prix with the team and looked to have found extra pace for the race as he went with the frontrunners, only to be run off track by another rider.
His short race was enough to demonstrate genuine potential, however, and he is keen to reap the fruit of all his hard work this weekend.
“I am really excited about the GP of the Americas and I am looking forward to building on the work we have done in preseason and in the first race in Qatar. It was a shame I was knocked off following a strong start to that race but we had a good weekend there. Even though we didn’t come away from Losail with a good result the fact that we were competitive and made progress in every session gives us a lot of motivation going into this second round of the season. I loved riding at COTA last year; it is very technical with a lot of corners, with some tight sections that I think can be good for us. I am sure that we will do a great job again in Austin and I am really looking forward to getting out on track there. Hopefully luck will be on our side on Sunday and we can finish the race in a position that befits us.”
Source: Aspar Media