Press release previews from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams:
TEAM DEL CONCA GRESINI AT MONTMELO TO STAY IN THE TITLE GAME
Last week’s double podium at Mugello has brought a breath of fresh confidence and excitement in the garage of Team Del Conca Gresini Moto3, who will try this weekend to follow on the same line of work as of late in order to aim at top results with both riders.
Jorge Martin will be the favourite heading into the seventh event of the year – his second on a home track – with the goal to do an even better job than last year, when he took pole position and battled for the win up to the last lap - he was third, eventually, at the line. The young Spanish rider will try to give some continuity to his results after a brace of the DNFs he was not to blame for. Fabio Di Giannantonio will aim at stepping up his game at this track, where he has always finished in the top-10 so far.
Currently three and eight points away from the top of the standings, respectively, Martin and Di Giannantonio will begin their chase for Catalan gold on Friday 15th at 9:00am local time (GMT +2) as the Moto3 will take to the track for Free Practice 1.
JORGE MARTIN #88
“We cannot wait to get back on track and especially at Montmeló, where I’ve always been quick and where last year I had one of my best weekends of the season. It’s a track that I like because we are racing on the historical layout, which suits my style a lot better. We come from the win at Mugello, but I’m sure the KMTs will be competitive this time out, too. We will be ready for the challenge.”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21
“Going to Barcelona is always unique, because each time we are racing on a different track. Since I made my world championship debut I have never raced on the same one and this year we’ll be using the original layout, with much longer corners, so it will be interesting to see how our Honda will behave. After a podium and a half win, we need to keep the momentum going: I’m training really hard to be physically prepared for this event, which is expected to be really hot.”
TIME FOR RESULTS FOR TEAM FEDERAL OIL GRESINI MOTO2
It has been a slow start to the season for Jorge Navarro, who after the encouraging top-ten results of Losail and Austin he was not able to maintain – due to back luck and crashes - the good trend aboard his Kalex machine #9.
Last time out at Mugello the good news did not come either due to a tumble in the early stages of the race, but the good indications of the post-weekend test have given new ideas to the team. The race simulation performed on Monday was in fact a proof of how competitive the Federal Oil Team Gresini package Is – with Montmeló representing a new chance to do well.
Moto2 action will resume this Friday at 10:55 on a track that returns to its original layout – the same where Jorge Navarro clinched both his first-career win in 2016 (Moto3) and his so-far best Moto2 result (6th).
JORGE NAVARRO #9
“It surely is a special Grand Prix for me: I won my first-ever world championship race there two years ago, so I have fond memories of the track. We come from three difficult races that kept our potential hidden. We need to learn from our mistakes and stay positive because we are quick, we are fit and we never stopped working hard. I will get support from family and friends, which hopefully will help me to get a strong start from Friday.”
Astra Honda Racing Team to fulfill World Championship dream in Catalunya
FIM CEV rider Dimas Ekky will participate in the Moto2 World Championship as a wildcard this weekend at the Catalan Grand Prix, with the aim of making Indonesia proud.
This weekend the Astra Honda Racing Team will take on a new challenge, with a wildcard debut in round seven of the Moto2 World Championship: The Catalan Grand Prix. The team will see their dream of bringing a rider and Indonesia into the World Championship come true.
Dimas Ekky, currently competing in the FIM CEV Moto2 European Championship, will take part in a Moto2 World Championship event for the second time. He participated as a substitute rider in Malaysia last season. Dimas raced at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit this past weekend with the FIM CEV, where he finished 6th and 13th in the two races, and is 4th in the overall standings with 49 points. The AHRT rider, who has been participating in the European series since 2015, is an example of humility and hard work, as explained by members of his team in the accompanying video.
The Grand Prix will be a great event for Astra Honda, which after starting to develop riders in the Astra Honda Racing School in 2010 and progressing in recent years to competitions such as the Asia Talent Cup, the Asia Road Racing Championship and the FIM CEV, will fulfill its dream of taking one of its talents to the World Championship.
The Moto2 World Championship race, which will be held over 22 laps, will take place this Sunday at 12:20pm local time.
President Director of PT Astra Honda Motor
"Dimas [Ekky] is doing very well this year in the Moto2 European Championship, representing Indonesia. He has a great spirit and I hope he can prove that this weekend at the Catalan Grand Prix. This last weekend he suffered a crash on Saturday in QP1 and was not in the best of conditions, but despite everything in the next qualifying session and the two races he showed character and fight. I think he is a rider to whom many young Indonesians can look up and I am very happy with his evolution."
#30 - Moto2 European Championship
"I am very excited to get a wildcard in the Catalan GP this weekend. I really want to learn a lot; I hope we can take all the possible references from the World Championship riders and apply that knowledge later on in the FIM CEV. I would like to be able to score some points, but I am aware that Moto2 is a very demanding class. I'm going to try my best all weekend and try to complete the race to learn as much as I can from the other riders."
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 take on Barcelona round in front of home support
Aron Canet and Alonso Lopez return to action this weekend for the Catalan Grand Prix, at a venue that mixes motorsport tradition with layout modifications and new asphalt.
Having already completed the first third of the 2018 season, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 riders Aron Canet and Alonso Lopez face the seventh round of the season this weekend.
Canet took some valuable points in a tricky 'battle of the slipstreams' two weeks ago in Italy, and the Spanish rider goes to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya keen to stay amongst the frontrunners in the standings. He recently participated in a private test at the track, with positive results, and last year he started from the front row of the grid and finished in fifth place there. Canet currently occupies fourth place overall with 61 points, and will have plenty of home support this weekend.
For rookie Alonso Lopez, previous experience of a handful of circuits –such as Le Mans a few weeks ago- has not necessarily given him an exceptional advantage in his first World Championship season. However, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is a track at which he has ridden before and he is keen to make the most of the opportunity to continue evolving. After missing out on the podium at Jerez due to a penalty, and having had a difficult race at Mugello a fortnight ago, Alonso continues stubbornly committed to making progress. He is 16th in the overall standings with 23 points.
The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 riders will be on track from Friday at 9am local time for their opening practice session. The race is scheduled for Sunday at 11am.
4th in the overall standings with 61 points
"It’s a demanding track where it is not enough just to be fast"
"Riding so close to home is another source of motivation when you get to the Catalan GP, since it’s a very varied and demanding track where it is not enough just to be fast. You also have to be very clear about your strategy when you ride at the limit on the final laps of races contested in groups. At Mugello we were limited in the race because we didn’t have a good slipstream that would allow us to reach the riders who had escaped, but that setback does not detract from our conviction of being competitive wherever we are. The track has new asphalt and I hope to be among the leading riders again.”
16th in the overall standings with 23 points
"Luckily, we are going to a circuit that I know well"
"Luckily, we are going to a circuit that I know well and that allows us to focus on improving from the start -without having to spend part of our time finding references. Despite not scoring points at the last two races, I hope we return to the good level of performance that we found at Jerez. Thanks to the test we did a few weeks ago in Barcelona, we know the new conditions of the track better, so I hope that helps us with the progression that we normally make over the course of the weekend."
Marquez and Mir ready to shine once more in Barcelona
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS pair will take on a modified track considered to be one of the most demanding on the calendar at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya.
The seventh round of the Moto2 World Championship takes place this weekend in Barcelona, and the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya is one of the most eagerly awaited events for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS. It is a ‘home race’ for the Hispano-Belgian outfit, which boasts two riders with experience of the track.
After his fifth place at Mugello last time out, Alex Marquez returns home this weekend, to race at a track where he has always been supported by the Catalonian fans. The former Moto3 World Champion won the Moto2 race held in Barcelona last season and is currently fourth in the overall standings with 78 points.
Rookie Joan Mir has previous Moto2 experience at the latest venue on the calendar, having tested there this year. The young Majorcan rider has always felt competitive in Barcelona in other series. He comes into this latest round off the back of consecutive podium finishes, and his speedy progress has seen him move into fifth place overall with 64 points.
The Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS duo will be out on track from Friday at 10:55am, for the opening free practice session. The Catalan GP will start on Sunday at 12:20pm.
Announcement of Joan Mir
With the recent official announcement of Joan Mir's moving up to MotoGP next season, the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS wish to thank the rider for his work during his time with the team in Moto2 and we will continue this season fighting for the best results together; also we wish Joan the best in a future sure to be full of success and great moments.
Alex Marquez: 4th in the overall standings with 78 points
“Riding in front of the home crowd is always special”
“This is another home race, and we come into it off the back of a podium at Le Mans and a fifth place in Mugello. It’s slightly bittersweet for us –especially Mugello, because we didn’t manage to be as competitive as we would have liked during that weekend. However, we’ve already had a test at Montmeló that went rather well, so I’m raring to get the weekend underway and be competitive from the start. Riding in front of the home crowd is always special.”
Joan Mir: 5th in the overall standings with 64 points
“The track will be new for everyone”
“After two podium finishes, we go to Barcelona even more determined to continue fighting with the fastest riders. The track has a layout that I like and that has suited me in the past. We have also tested there with a Moto2 bike and I felt comfortable. I liked the new asphalt, and the changes are going to be new for everyone. We’ll see how it goes, although I hope it works out really well. The asphalt has got rid of the bumps, which is almost unbelievable because it’s always been a very bumpy track. I’m sure that the times will be faster and the references will change, so the track will be new for everyone.”
THE FORWARD RACING TEAM RETURNS TO SPAIN FOR THE SEVENTH ROUND OF THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Archived the home race, it’s time for the Forward Racing Team to concentrate on the next world stage, which will be held this weekend on Spanish soil, at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit.
For Stefano Manzi there is a great desire for revenge: the Riminese rider immediately wants to get back on track to redeem the performance of the Italian race, which ended prematurely due to a crash.
Eric Granado, by his side, hopes to have recovered from the strong pains on his left shoulder, which have affected the entire Mugello’s weekend, to have even more consistency in his performance, and make progress towards the positions that, he and the entire team, know they can aspire.
The first free practice session of the Catalunya Grand Prix will start at 10:55 on Friday 15 June.
Stefano Manzi - Rider
“I can't wait to be back on track in Barcelona to redeem the Mugello race where, due to a crash, I couldn't score any points. Monday's tests at the Tuscan circuit, even though they ended early due to heavy rain, allowed us to get to the bottom of the technical problems that affected the Italian stage. We are therefore confident in a good result on this circuit which, even though it is not one of my favourites, is always appreciated for the warm cheers and the environment that you can breathe on all three days of the race".
Eric Granado - Rider
“I'm looking forward to starting this race weekend here in Barcelona: I really like the track, I've been here for the past few years and this is an advantage for me, compared to the other World Championship events. I'm curious to see how the new tarmac will be, just remade. On a personal level, I hope to be better: these days I flew to Brazil to recover and have a lot of physiotherapy on my shoulder. I am confident, both for me and for the bike, that I left after testing at Mugello with a few other small improvements. All this will help us to take important steps forward, towards the positions that belong to us.”
Giovanni Cuzari - Team Owner
“Mugello was without any doubt a difficult and demanding race but, despite this, the emotions of the Italian GPs are always very strong. Here we were able to welcome all our supporters and partners at home, in Italy, in an atmosphere that only the Tuscan circuit can offer. Monday's tests have given the team further information of the way to follow, to make the right improvements, the riders are not giving up and, both, want to show how strong and competitive they are, so we are confident for what will be another intense race weekend.”
Darryn Binder hoping to take a step forward in Barcelona
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider heads to the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit after scoring points for the third consecutive race at Mugello.
06/13/2018 - Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, Spain
The Moto3 World Championship season continues apace, and this weekend the seventh round of the series is held at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit. Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Darryn Binder is confident ahead of the Catalan GP, after finishing in the Top 15 for the third time in a row at Mugello last time out. He also has a positive feeling after both a day of post-race testing in Italy and a previous test in Barcelona at the end of May.
Binder had one of his best races a fortnight ago, starting from the ninth row of the grid, reaching as high as fourth place and finishing in the points. This great performance will give him confidence coming into a new challenge in Barcelona. The objective for Binder this weekend is to be consistent from Friday onward and find a good race pace in every session.
This season the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit has undergone a modification in its layout compared to last year. The track has been completely resurfaced, and the main change comes at the new Turn 13, which replaces the chicane used in the last two editions of the Catalan GP.
The 21-lap Moto3 race starts at 11am local time on Sunday.
40 DARRYN BINDER
"The first goal for this weekend is to be among the fastest riders after the first Free Practice session on Friday. We want to work hard and find a good pace. After the test that we had at Mugello, I felt that we had improved somewhat in this aspect. We were at this track a little under a month ago and we got good results, in addition to trying the new layout and the new asphalt, so we already have part of the work done and we know what we will encounter. I hope to get a good result from this seventh round of the season."
Livio Loi and Vicente Pérez head to the most difficult GP for Reale Avintia Academy
Reale Avintia Academy – GP of Catalunya– Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Reale Avintia Academy heads to the GP of Catalunya facing the toughest race weekend of their lives after the tragic loss of Andreas Perez. The 14-year-old had sadly passed away on Monday after an accident during the last round of the Moto3 Junior World Championship in Barcelona.
Vicente Perez will start as a wild card entry in Moto3 and he is looking forward to honour his friend and teammate.
Livio Loi, who didn’t have a good weekend at all last time ut in Italy, expects to bounce back at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit and pay tribute to Andreas with a strong result on Sunday. He liked Andreas as a rider and they were good friends outside the circuits.
Reale Avintia Academy shares the team structure for the Moto3 World Championship and Moto3 FIM CEV Junior World Championship, so the loss of Andreas has been really hard for everybody inside the team, including Livio.
“First of all I want to say that it was very hard to hear about Andreas passing away. He was a really, really fast guy on track, but he was an even better person in real life. His character was unique and he was a real friend, so in Barcelona I’ll race for him. I’ll give my best to honour him. I hope to be able to fight for a good result with the team in such difficult moments. We will fight hard for Andreas!”.
“What happened with Andreas has been really difficult to come to terms with. To be honest I don’t have the strength to race at this circuit right now, but I will give my best for him and I’ll try to learn as much as possible from this new opportunity in the Moto3 World Championship. He always trusted me and that’s why I’ll give my maximum to dedicate the best possible result to Andreas.
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 set sights on victory at Barcelona
Miguel Oliveira heads into the Catalan GP motivated after taking his first victory of the year, while Brad Binder will seek to take a step forward and also fight for the top positions.
06/13/2018 - Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, Spain
The Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit hosts the seventh round of the Moto2 World Championship this weekend, and the Red Bull KTM Ajo team come into the event in the best possible way after taking their first victory of the season at the Italian GP. Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder will seek to fight for the podium at a modified track where they have already tested at the end of last month.
Oliveira’s win at Mugello last time out helped him to close the gap to the series leader to just 13 points. This weekend’s venue also holds good memories for the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider; it was there that he earned his first Moto3 podium in 2012 with a third place, the same result he achieved there last season in Moto2.
Binder also has a podium at the circuit, from 2016 –his last year in Moto3– when he finished in second position. The South African, who had a good feeling after the day of post-race testing in Italy, will seek to make the Grand Prix a turning point for the season and fight for the podium after four consecutive races in the Top 10.
This season the circuit has undergone a complete resurfacing and a new Turn 13 has been created, which replaces the previous chicane. The seventh Moto2 race of 2018, which will be run over 22 laps, will start on Sunday, June 17th at 12:20pm local time.
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
"At Mugello we got a victory for which we had been fighting since the beginning of the season, so it would be very nice to take a second win in Barcelona. An important thing for us would be to take a step forward in the qualifying session, so as not to have to risk so much on Sunday. With the base that we have from the days of testing in Barcelona and Mugello, we are prepared to achieve that. We have already tested with the layout changes, so in theory we will not find anything new here. The asphalt has very good grip and almost no bumps, so it will certainly be a very interesting weekend."
41 BRAD BINDER
"I sincerely hope to be able to get into the fight for the podium this weekend; I've finished in sixth position too many times this year! The test we did here at the end of last month was really good; I felt very strong and we were even able to do some long stints in which I felt comfortable riding at a very steady pace. The test at Mugello was also good, as we found solutions to get more stability and confidence with the front end. With that in mind, we have a good base for this seventh race of the season, so I hope it brings results. I like the new Turn 13 much more than the chicane and the new asphalt is much better, so I can’t wait to start the weekend!"
ALBERT ARENAS READY TO RACE AT HOME WITH MRW ÁNGEL NIETO TEAM
Rider returns to Barcelona, having missed out in 2017 through injury, alongside regular team-mate Andrea Migno and Junior World Championship leader Raúl Fernández
The Moto3 World Championship arrives in Barcelona with the normal order having been somewhat resumed at the most recent race in Italy, following on from two chaotic races in Jerez and Le Mans Jorge Martín, Marco Bezzecchi and Fabio di Giannantonio returned to the podium at Mugello and now just eight points separate them at the top of the standings, closely followed by Aron Canet and Ángel Nieto Team rider Andrea Migno. The next battle will take place at the Circuit de Catalunya, which reverts to its former layout with a bigger run-off in turn 13, which had been adapted for the past two seasons. The 4.267km layout is ready for new lap records and another chapter in the history of the Circuit.
Albert Arenas is ready to return to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, having missed the race there in 2017 due to injury. This will actually be his first appearance at his home track since he scored his final podium there in the Junior Moto3 World Championship in 2016 and he arrives in confident mood after a good test in Italy last week. His teammate Andrea Migno, who lies fifth in the World Championship, shares the positive vibes as he looks to continue to improve and take the fight to the riders at the front. The pair will be joined in the MRW Ángel Nieto Team garage in Barcelona by the current Junior Moto3 World Championship leader Raúl Fernández, the youngster from Madrid contesting his fifth Grand Prix in all and his first since stepping in for Arenas while he was injured in 2017, in Germany. Fernández finished fourth in his race at this circuit last weekend.
Andrea Migno: “We go to Barcelona on the back of a pretty good test at Mugello, where we worked hard to continue making improvements. I like the circuit in Barcelona a lot so we will try to stay on an upward curve and fight for a position in the front group again.”
Albert Arenas: “We ended up being competitive in Italy and we finished the test with a good feeling. That gives us confidence going into the most special Grand Prix of the season for me, my home race, which is even more important this year because I missed twelve months ago through injury. I have been training accordingly and I want to make the most of every minute on track and enjoy myself to the fullest at Montmeló”.
Raúl Fernández: “Our main objective this weekend is to continue understanding and learning the bike. We have just had two races last weekend in Barcelona and we need to work out what happened because in one race I couldn’t manage any higher than eighth position and in the other I was fourth. We have to make the most of the track time available to continue getting to know this KTM and learning how to take it to the limit.”
Gran Premio de Catalunya: Preview
The two riders of the Marinelli Snipers team, Tony Arbolino, and Romano Fenati, arrived at Barcelona, for the seventh round of the season, not in prefect physical conditions. After Romano, who is suffering the carpal tunnel syndrome, Tony arrived with an inflammation at the right hand.
Romano Fenati: "After the retirement in the race at Mugello, I would like to come back strong here, at Barcelona, on a track I really like, hoping that the weekend won't be compromised by the forearm pain".
Tony Arbolino: "I am very motivated and full of energy for this GP and the original track layout makes me remind of good memories. This is one of my favorite track and we'll start to turn on the new tarmac, giving 100% to stay at the top! Unfortunately my wrist hurts, this little problem is not what I needed at half season, but for sure I will feel better soon thanks to Clinica Mobile support"!
MRW TO BE MAIN SPONSOR OF ÁNGEL NIETO TEAM IN MOTO3 IN BARCELONA
Spanish Moto3 team arrive in Barcelona with the backing of the leading company in transport and express delivery services in Spain
The Ángel Nieto Team will have the support of express delivery service MRW as main sponsor in the Moto3 class at the Grand Prix of Catalunya, a home round for Albert Arenas and also for MRW. Arenas and Andrea Migno, together with Raúl Fernández, will be looking to shine in the Barcelona race as they did recently in France and Italy.
The MRW group was founded in 1977 and since then it has developed into one of the most established national and international express delivery services in Spain. With more than 40 years of experience and an average of 62 million annual shipments, MRW maintains its commitment to sports sponsorships and its approach to the world of motorsport.
The Moto 3 Ángel Nieto Team is one of those in charge of showing off the new corporate image of the courier and transport company. "With the new identity and positioning, 'MRW Entregados’ is a good opportunity to demonstrate through sports sponsorships our delivery to all our stakeholders as well as to the sponsored riders", states Guillermo Marcos, Marketing and Communication Director of MRW.
Gelete Nieto, team principal: “Barcelona is one of the most important races of the season for us, and for Albert Arenas, who is racing at home, and likewise for MRW who have their headquarters not far from the Circuit. We are happy to announce news like this because it means that more and more businesses are giving their backing to the Ángel Nieto Team project and we hope to pay them back with good results this weekend.”
THE SKY RACING TEAM VR46 IN CATALUNYA FOR ACHIEVING IMPORTANT POINTS
The seventh race of the 2018 season begins with Francesco Bagnaia, leader of the Moto2 Championship. On track to confirm the step forward made in Mugello Luca Marini. Ready to back on their KTM Nicolò Bulega and Dennis Foggia in Moto3.
Montmelo (Catalunya, Spain), June 14th 2018 – The circuit close to Barcelona will host this weekend the seventh GP of the 2018 season and welcome the riders of the Sky Racing Team VR46.
In Moto2, Francesco Bagnaia after he has struggled due to the pain in his left arm at home GP, arrives in Catalunya after taking full advantage of the last week to recover the energy needed to cope with the high temperatures of Montmelo. Pecco, currently leading the standings with 111 points, is ready to face the new asphalt of the Catalan circuit after the specific testing session here before Mugello. Forced to skip the day of testing on this track, due to the shoulder injury, Luca Marini who is recovering and he can not wait to get back to work on his Kalex after the excellent seventh place at the Italian GP.
In Moto3, Nicolò Bulega and Dennis Foggia are closer to the group and they return to the track after the productive test at Mugello the Monday following the race. For both, the goal are the points.
PABLO NIETO - Team Manager
We arrive in Barcelona, a track on which, before Mugello, we have organized a day of testing to try the new asphalt. The feedback was very positive. It was a pity for Luca, because due to the injury, he could not be present, but surely we have several references. At the home GP, in Moto2, both riders remained consistently in the Top10 and, in the race, despite the physical problems, they have crossed the finishing line to scored important points before taking full advantage of this week to recover energies. In Catalunya, we will continue to work in the same direction to confirm ourselves among the most competitive teams. Also in Moto3, if we go beyond the results, we saw positive signs that we have confirmed in the test on Monday after the race. Nicolò was with the group in all the sessions and showed good things in the race. Dennis, it was a shame for the technical problem, because he could be with the strongest guys.
After the home GP, where, despite the pain in the arm, we have achieved a good fourth place and important points for the Championship, I took full advantage of this week to recover the energies in view of the race in Catalunya. A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to make some laps at Montmelo to try the new tarmac and the feedback was really positive.
The placement at Mugello was an injection of confidence to continue working to get back at 100% of the physical condition. And now it is time to fly to Barcelona, a difficult and demanding track with no grip. Compared to my teammates, I skipped the testing session here before the home GP, but we have excellent references for face the new tarmac.
Compared to the other races, the step forward we made at Mugello was more significant. Furthermore, on the Monday following the race, we had the opportunity to back immediately at work and continue to focus on the setting. Thanks to what was done in the testing sessions before the Italian GP, we arrive in Barcelona with a good base.
After the home GP I can not wait to back on my KTM. We were competitive over the weekend, but something went wrong during the race. A pity, but we have the chance to improve our results in Barcelona, a track that I know well and where I really like the sequence of fast corners. 3 and 4 in succession. After the testing session at Montmelo, a few weeks ago, and the one at Mugello, after the race, we are ready for the GP.
THE LEOPARD RACING TEAM HEADS FOR MONTMELO
Enea Bastianini arrives at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit after a solid performance in the home race. His teammate Lorenzo Dalla Porta is determined to improve on the results of the start of the season.
The World Championship circus arrives at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, which from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th will host the seventh round of the 2018 season. The Montmelo track, located about 30km from the city centre, is one of the longest on the entire MotoGP calendar. Opened in 1991, it is divided into 5 left hand corners and 8 rights which alternate through the 4.7 km distance, with a straight measuring 1047 m.
After the solid Top 10 in Mugello, the Leopard Racing Team comes to Barcelona, as the Spanish riders’ home race. Enea Bastianini can boast a good feeling with the Catalan track, with 1 pole position and 3 podium finishing; his teammate Lorenzo Dalla Porta will surely be in battle: ever since Day 1, the Italian talent wants to find the right feeling with his Honda NSF 250 RW, which would boost him into the podium-fight.
Montmelò evokes sweet memories for the Leopard Racing Team: in 2015, with Danny Kent (on his way to becoming World Champion) and the team scored a double podium thanks to the help of Efren Vazquez; last year, at the last chicane, Joan Mir achieved his 4th victory of the 10 seasonal successes that then earned him the Moto3 world title. Will Bestia & Lore succeed in repeating their actions?