Juanfran Guevara takes excellent 8th at Mugello

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The importance of slipstreaming at Mugello was underlined once again in Moto3 on Sunday, both at the start and especially at the end. A group that at times included 19 riders was tightly packed at the Italian Grand Prix, with six riders leading the way at various points over the 20-lap race.

It was a contest that was highly unpredictable, with constant changes of position and a slow pace in the 2-minute mark on some laps. Despite being slower than in previous days, the pace did little to dull the spectacle of the Moto3 race –which threw up some surprises at the end.

Jack Miller caused a crash at the end that took out Marquez and Bastianini, breaking up the overtaking showcase, then Romano Fenati took the win over Isaac Viñales and Alex Rins. Fenati’s triumph came after slipstreaming his rivals –who needed a photo finish to decide who would place second.

Juanfran Guevara had been working hard all week with his MAPFRE Aspar team to improve confidence, performance and knowledge –and the strategy paid off on race day. On Saturday he had taken his best qualifying result in the World Championship, with eighth place on the grid, and today he claimed his best finish to date with the same position.

Pushing hard from the start and holding his position on the opening laps, Guevara learnt to battle with the leaders, elbow-to-elbow, en route to eight World Championship points.

The result was proof that hard work pays off, and that he is ready to repeat the showing at future rounds. Today his bike also deserves a special mention, as with it Guevara clocked the race top speed (241,6 km/h, the quickest all weekend) and the sixth fastest lap of the Moto3 contest (1.57.958).

8th Juanfran Guevara:
“This weekend went very well. We’ve worked hard and taken a step forward compared to other races. I enjoyed myself a lot here at Mugello. Maybe in the first part of the race I was a little slow, and found it hard to find the pace, but later I felt very comfortable riding in the lead group. With five or six laps remaining I had caught up a lot and could see myself fighting for the win. That was when my lack of experience showed, as I felt strange being up at the front. It had to happen someday, so I am very happy; the positive thing today is that I learnt a lot. This result will help us to believe in ourselves and to know that we can be up there. Today I took my best Grand Prix race result, which is very satisfying, but we have to keep working to be in the same position at every race.”

Source: Aspar Media

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