Jorge Martin and Juanfran Guevara look ahead to Misano
The Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli plays host this weekend to the second Italian race of the Moto3 World Championship, with the San Marino Grand Prix.
The unusual layout of Misano and the passionate local crowd always makes for a unique event and a host of home riders – several of them from the VR46 Academy – will be determined to put on a show in front of their fans.
The thirteenth round of the season sees British rider Danny Kent firmly back in control of the championship after a dominant display in the wet at Silverstone but he faces an entirely different challenge this weekend in the cauldron of Misano.
Jorge Martín crashed out in the British race despite being one of the fastest riders in the category in the wet, so his goal is to pick up his strong recent form in the dry and score more points.
Juanfran Guevara was the star of the MAPFRE Team Mahindra garage at Silverstone, where he splashed to his best World Championship result so far in seventh place. The Spaniard holds the current Moto3 lap record at Misano so is confident this weekend can be a springboard to a strong finish to the season.
“I am really excited about the next race because I have been riding really fast in the last few races and we are closing in on the guys at the front. We have found some interesting set-up solutions with the suspension and we will start from that base at Misano. I am getting a lot more confident with the front now and it is helping me in corner entry. Misano is a circuit with a lot of hard braking, you have to go into a lot of the corners on the brakes, and the new setting we have found for the front fork should make it a lot easier because I am able to hold the brake on longer without folding the front. Misano is a good track for me, I had to be careful in the race because I needed the finish so I couldn’t push like I wanted but I did set pole position. The objective this weekend is to fight in the front group and I think we are ready for it.”
“We have had three good races so now we go to Misano knowing that we have the opportunity to score another positive result. The important thing is that we keep working in the same way as we have in recent Grands Prix. We had a great race here last year and I even set the lap record, which gives us an extra boost going into the weekend. I like Misano quite a lot and this year it has a new track surface. We will have to see what the grip levels are like and how the tyres wear on the new asphalt. It will also be interesting to see how the Mahindra feels at this track. The objective for us is to be running in the top ten all weekend.”
Source: Aspar Media