Mugello Moto2 and Moto3 Preview Press Releases

Press release previews from some of the Moto2 and Moto3 teams:


Mattia Pasini takes on home round this weekend

The PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider will compete at Mugello, Italy, his favourite circuit and a place where he has won three times.

Mattia Pasini will compete in a second Grand Prix weekend as a substitute Moto2 rider for PETRONAS Sprinta Racing, at his home round at Mugello – where he has won more times than at any other track in his career.

After an unfortunate end to the race at Le Mans, he arrives at the Italian GP off the back of two positive days of testing at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, where he was able to continue riding with the same great pace he had shown during the French GP weekend. Pasini has been victorious at Mugello on three occasions in three different classes: In 125cc in 2006, 250cc in 2009 and Moto2 in 2017. He started last year's Moto2 race from pole position.

The team's regular rider Khairul Idham Pawi continues to recover favourably from an injury to his right hand. The Malaysian rider will spend a few days in his homeland before returning to Europe for his comeback.

The 21-lap Moto2 race will take place on Sunday, June 2nd at 12:20pm local time.

#54 Mattia Pasini

"I hope to have a weekend like at Le Mans, only with a bit more luck on Sunday. Mugello is a track that I like a lot and where I've won several times. I've always been quick there and I hope to have a good weekend. We will work hard with the team to at least place inside the top five, although for me the objective is always victory and we are not putting limits on ourselves. Mugello is always special because of the fans; I personally think it's the most beautiful track in the world."


Mugello the latest challenge for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 riders

Alonso Lopez and Sergio Garcia Dols face a speedy Mugello circuit in the latest round of the Moto3 World Championship. They will be joined by Junior Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider Ryusei Yamanaka, who will participate as a wildcard at the Italian GP.

After a two-day test last week at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Alonso Lopez and Segio Garcia Dols are raring to go at the Italian Grand Prix, held at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello.

The two Spanish riders will be targetting a spot in Q2 in qualifying, so as to start the race itself as high up the grid as possible.

Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 will also run a third rider at the event: Japanese rider Ryusei Yamanaka. The opening Free Practice session takes place on Friday at 9am local time, with the race scheduled for 11am on Sunday.

Alonso López

20th in the World Championship with 14 points

Alonso Lopez drew positive conclusions from a private test held last week at Montmeló. He is determined to continue on from the good pace he showed in France before crashing out three laps from the end of the race.

The Spaniard rode at Mugello for the first time last year, in his maiden World Championship season. He started from 26th on the grid, finishing 18th in the race after a spirited fightback that saw him challenge for points.

"Mugello is one of the best circuits in the MotoGP World Championship calendar"

"After the test in Barcelona, I head to Mugello with great enthusiasm. We have made a lot of progress with a combination of setups that work very well for me, and I'm looking forward to testing this out at other circuits to see if it works as well as it did at Montmeló. Mugello is one of the best circuits in the MotoGP World Championship calendar; it's very beautiful and very fun, and I want to have a good race there."

Sergio García

28th in the World Championship

The Estrella Galicia 0,0 rookie qualified directly for Q2 at the French GP, where he would eventually crash out on raceday.

Last week he also participated in the two-day test in Barcelona, the scene of the seventh round of the season. He arrives in Mugello with no previous experience of the track, so rapid adaptation will be the plan for the weekend.

"We will try everything to get into Q2 at Mugello"

"We had a very productive test in Barcelona, in which we found a setup with which I rode very comfortably. First we have to refine our pace, and then we will look for a fast lap. Our feeling at the test was quite positive, and now I'm looking forward to Mugello, where we will be very focused and we will try everything on having good practice sessions and getting into Q2. Mugello is an amazing track and I think that it could be a good one for me."

Ryusei Yamanaka

Wildcard

The Junior Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider in the FIM CEV Repsol series returns to World Championship action as a wildcard at the Italian GP -his first appearance since he stood in for Garcia Dols at the season opener in Qatar.

Yamanaka has previous experience at Mugello, as in 2017 he competed in the 'MotoGP Rookies Cup' competition which featured a round at the Italian circuit.

"I hope to continue learning a lot from the rest of the riders"

"I'm very happy to be participating in another Grand Prix this season. I know it will be very difficult because of the very high level of the competition, but I am looking forward to a good weekend and I hope to continue learning a lot from the rest of the riders."


NEXT STOP ITALY FOR SAMA QATAR ÁNGEL NIETO TEAM

Jake Dixon heads to Mugello on the back of his best weekend of the season as Xavi Cardelús continues wrist recovery

Lorenzo Baldassarri has alternated delight with disaster so far this year in the Moto2 class, with victories in Qatar, Argentina and Jerez combined with just one completed lap between the other two races in the USA and France. Despite that, the Italian boasts a seven-point lead in the championship over Switzerland’s Thomas Luthi, whose trademark consistency has seen him finish in the top six at every round. Spanish trio Jorge Navarro, Álex Márquez and Augusto Fernández are all in close contention after scoring big last time out at Le Mans.

The Sama Qatar Ángel Nieto Team are looking forward to contesting the sixth round of the season at a historic circuit this weekend. Jake Dixon and Xavi Cardelús are preparing themselves for Sunday’s 21-lap race around Mugello, with the British rider in good spirits after his best weekend of the season in France. Dixon qualified in eleventh position and finished seventeenth in the race, equalling his best result. Whilst the mixed weather gave Dixon a good opportunity to show his ability at Le Mans, a better forecast for Italy means that both he and his teammate Cardelús will be aiming to continue their development in the dry conditions. Cardelús is looking forward to returning to the track where he made his debut as a wildcard in 2018.

Jake Dixon: “I am looking forward to racing at Mugello, in front of the Italian fans. It is a historic circuit that I have seen on television many times over the years and I have heard a lot of good things about it. I have only ever raced it on my games console and even though I have done a lot of laps it will be completely different on the bike this weekend. Our expectations haven’t changed after the race in France and we know that in the dry, with the situation as it is, we have to keep fighting.”

Xavi Cardelús: “Mugello is a circuit I already know, having raced there last year even though we struggled a little. We have to be aware that it won’t be easy because I still have some pain in my wrist but the important thing is to keep learning and understanding the bike. Little by little, everything will fall into place.”


Team Estrella Galicia 0, 0 Marc VDS eager for more success in Mugello

The fantastic performance delivered in Le Mans and the fruitful private test last week in Barcelona means Alex Márquez and Xavi Vierge face the Italian Grand Prix more prepared and motivated than ever.

The MotoGP World Championship lands on Italian soil for the sixth Grand Prix of the season at the Mugello circuit. This will be the 34th time the Italian track has hosted a World Championship event and the 29th in a row since 1991.

The Tuscany circuit has the second longest straight on the calendar behind Austin at 1141 metres, as well as the fourth most demanding braking of the season at the San Donato first corner.

After the great performance in the Grand Prix of France, with Alex Márquez winning the race and Xavi Vierge finishing in a magnificent fifth place, Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS travels to the Italian track with the firm intention of continuing to demonstrate its great potential.

After the French Grand Prix, the team carried out a fruitful two-day private test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The information and results obtained are great reasons to face the forthcoming races with high expectations.

Álex Márquez

Winner of the last race, the Cervera rider faces the Italian Grand Prix in fourth in the overall rankings, just 14 points behind current leader Lorenzo Baldassarri.

In 2018, Alex Márquez started third on the grid and crossed the line in fifth place. However, his best result in Mugello came in 2017 when he finished third from a front row start after a great fight with Mattia Pasini and Tom Lüthi.

The victory at Le Mans has given extra motivation and confidence to Alex Márquez, who is determined to repeat the success achieved in France when he tackles Mugello this weekend, which is one of his favourite tracks.

"I am very motivated after the victory in Le Mans"

"Mugello is a circuit that I like and that adapts well to my riding style. It's a difficult track and easy to make mistakes, so we'll have to be careful at all times. I am very motivated after the victory in Le Mans. Now the important thing is to keep working, keep our concentration and not lose our main objective, which is to be in front all weekend and try to score the maximum points in the race.”

Xavi Vierge

Xavi Vierge lands in Italy having achieved his best result of the season at Le Mans. He crossed the finish line in fifth place to collect 11 valuable points that put him eleventh in the overall standings.

This will be the third time the Catalan rider has competed at the Tuscany track. Although a fall in the 2017 qualifying session prevented him from participating in the race, Vierge finished in ninth position one year ago.

In the tests carried out last week in Barcelona, Xavi managed to take an important step to solve the rear grip problems he’s encountered this year. This improvement is undoubtedly an extra motivation to fight for the podium in the Italian Grand Prix.

"I'll do my best from the first day to try to be with the best"

"I'm really looking forward to Mugello after two races in which we made good progress and showed we are getting closer and closer to the fastest. We also did a great job in the tests in Barcelona, getting a lot of information and a clear base to use at the next races. Mugello is a very fast and very nice circuit but at the same time very complicated. You can't get lost for a second. It's a difficult circuit for me but I'll do my best from the first day to try to be with the best."


SAMA QATAR ÁNGEL NIETO TEAM LOOK TO MAKE UP POSITIONS AT MUGELLO

Arenas and Fernández ready to keep good form rolling in Italy at a circuit where Fernández has yet to race

The sixth round of the Moto3 World Championship presents the opportunity for a sixth different race winner this season, with five riders having already added their names to the victors’ roll call in 2019. Kaito Toba (Qatar), Jaume Masiá (Argentina), Aron Canet (USA), Niccolò Antonelli (Spain) and John McPhee (France) have ensured an unprecedented statistic in the Moto3 class and there are plenty of candidates to extend the run at Mugello. Lorenzo dalla Porta is secone in the championship but has yet to win a race, whilst Celestino Vietti, Andrea Migno, Gabriel Rodrigo, Tony Arbolino, Romano Fenati and Sama Qatar Ángel Nieto Team Albert Arenas and Raúl Fernández have all proved their potential. This track traditionally lends itself to large group races in the Moto3 class although last season Jorge Martín, Marco Bezzecchi and Fabio di Giannantonio made a break to fight for victory with a ten-second gap over the rest.

The Sama Qatar Ángel Nieto Team head to Mugello looking to make up more positions and join the fight for honours at the front of the pack in Moto3. Both Albert Arenas and Raúl Fernández finished in the points at the Grand Prix de France and now have their sights set on the podium at Mugello. Arenas’ focus is on a good grid position, with qualifying having proven to be a problem area so far this season. Fernández, meanwhile, must first learn the nuances of a circuit he has never raced at before as he continues to overcome the injuries he sustained at Jerez and looks to improve on his seventh-place finishes of Qatar and Austin.

Albert Arenas: “We go to Mugello looking to bounce back from the race at Le Mans. It is an impressive circuit and it is a pleasure to ride there. It will be important to get a good feeling from the first moment, and establish a pace that will be allow us to be competitive throughout. The key will be to qualify near the front, which is a piece of unfinished business for us this year, but I feel ready and excited for it.”

Raúl Fernández: “After the race in France I had to rest up completely for three days because of the pain in my foot, and I couldn’t start preparing for Mugello until the end of last week. We will have to take things slowly and go session by session at a circuit I don’t know. In France I was annoyed because I felt we had the potential to fight at the front but we didn’t manage to do it. I am getting tired of not being in the fight for the podium - we are always just a little short of something - so I would like to get to Italy and be in the fight for the top five throughout. We have to take another step, in order to fight at the front, but as soon as we do that we can get on the podium.”


LOWES’S QUEST FOR SUCCESS RESUMES AT MUGELLO

After a start of the season that was almost the opposite of the great things he was able to show during winter testing, Sam Lowes arrives to the sixth event of the season at Mugello with fully-charged batteries thanks to last week’s two-day test at Montmeló.

It was really important to regain the right feeling with his Kalex machine after the nightmare weekend in France and to try different set-ups ahead of what is one of the most important weekends of the season not only for the British rider – but also for the whole Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 team. With more than 190 laps completed over the two days in Catalunya, Lowes and his crew could keep their heads down and gather a significant amount of data, which will be extremely useful both in Italy and back in Montmeló in a month’s time.

The former World Supersport rider still holds the outright record of the Mugello circuit for the Moto2 class (2015) and, starting from Friday at 10:55 local time (GMT+2) he will be willing to show how quick he still is around the exciting Tuscan venue.

SAM LOWES #22

“The two days of testing where really important and we managed to make many steps forward; we got a better understanding of the hard-compound tyres, which will surely be the go-to choice at Montmeló. We also tried some new interesting parts chassis-wise. Thank you to Kalex and obviously the team for the work done. We put in 190 laps in two days and now it’s time to focus on Mugello, a circuit a really like. I still hold the Moto2 lap record there and this test allowed us to forget the nightmare weekend at Le Mans and to find a little bit of serenity ahead of the team’s home GP.”


FIRST HOME GP OF 2019 FOR TEAM KÖMMERLING GRESINI MOTO3

Everything is set for the home debut of Team Kömmerling Gresini Moto3 with Gabriel Rodrigo and Riccardo Rossi that will get on track for the Grand Prix of Italy from 9:00 local time (GMT+2) this Friday.

The Faenza-based team experienced an up-and-down weekend last time out in Le Mans, with a narrowly-missed podium by the Argentine and a crash suffered by Rossi despite a good race performance. Between then and now there was also a one-day test in Catalunya – which was very important in order to get ready for the legendary Mugello circuit.

Last year, Rodrigo was fourth aboard a KTM in a race that saw Team Gresini among the protagonists, while Rossi won there with the Gresini Racing Junion in Italy’s CIV championship. This is a circuit that both standard bearers of Team Kömmerling Gresini Moto3 and one where the crowd plays a huge supporting role in boosting the spirits of home riders and teams.

GABRI RODRIGO #19

“The test was very positive: we didn’t lap much, but we tried some interesting things with the goal to improve in the second half of the race with used tyres. I now know my bike better when it starts sliding, and I’m sure these adjustments will help for the upcoming races. I was also very fast because I got close to last year’s pole position times and I did it while riding on my own. Overall things are quite positive and now we head to Mugello with the will to make another step forward compared to France.”

RICCARDO ROSSI #54

“The Montmeló tests have been useful up to a point given the rain that forced us back to the pits for a while. I must say that, after the crash at Le Mans, it was important to find some confidence back, especially as the Catalunya circuit shares many similarities to Mugello. We tried some set-up changes which will be very useful this weekend in Italy.”


PETRONAS Sprinta Racing arrive in Italy in top form

John McPhee and Ayumu Sasaki face the Italian GP at Mugello off the back of the Briton's extraordinary win in France.

Just under two weeks after John McPhee achieved PETRONAS Sprinta Racing's first ever Moto3 victory, the team arrive in Mugello for the Italian GP in excellent form, thanks to both the win at Le Mans and a positive two-day test in Barcelona. Mugello, one of the most demanding tracks on the World Championship calendar, will challenge McPhee and Sasaki at a Grand Prix in which both seek to continue climbing positions in the standings.

McPhee now holds two victories in Grand Prix racing, and his first triumph this season brings him into the top ten in the overall classification. The Briton faces the Italian GP with a good feeling as Mugello is a track that suits his style well, with his best result there sixth in 2017.

Sasaki took a big step forward in the private test held last week at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit. The Japanese rider has renewed confidence and the aim of marking a turning point in his season in Italy. Sasaki has fond memories of Mugello, where he took his first top ten – with eighth in 2017 – and qualified on the front row for the first time in the World Championship last season.

The 20-lap Moto3 race will take place on June 2nd at 11am local time.

#71 Ayumu Sasaki

"We had a good test in Barcelona, so we are ready for Mugello. It's one of the circuits that I like the most and it's different from the rest. It was there that I got my first front row in the World Championship and also my first top ten finish. It suits my riding style very well and I have a lot of confidence for this race, because in testing I found a good geometry setup. I hope that this Grand Prix can be a turning point for us this season and that from then on we can get better results. It will be an important race, but I will do the same as always: Be focused and do my job during the weekend. I think that this could be a good GP."

#17 John McPhee

"We arrive at Mugello full of confidence and ready to enjoy another Grand Prix. I achieved the first win for the team last time out so that’s shown everyone what we’re capable of. I think we are very strong heading to Mugello and last week’s test underlines that. I honestly think that we can be as competitive as we were last time out. It's a unique circuit, but its fast and flowing corners suit me much better than Le Mans, for example. This makes me even more positive about the weekend. I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do in Italy."


Can Öncü heads to Italy for sixth round of the season

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider is looking forward to the Italian Grand Prix, after a positive two-day test in Barcelona.

As the World Championship continues on its international journey, Italy awaits the riders this coming weekend, at the sixth Grand Prix of the 2019 season. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team and Can Öncü travel to Mugello, following a positive test at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit. During the two days of track action, the young Turkish rider continued working on the configuration of the bike, with an eye on the weekend ahead and the subsequent return to the venue just two weeks later.

Last time out in France, Can Öncü produced a solid performance, finishing 16th in a tricky crash-strewn race. Next up is Mugello, a track which the Red Bull KTM Ajo rookie likes and where he achieved a second-place finish in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup contest last year. His goal for the Italian Grand Prix is to continue taking steps forward, as well as to improve his confidence and feeling with the bike.

The 20-lap Italian Grand Prix will start on Sunday, 2nd June at 11 am (local time). The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team have registered victories at the Italian venue on three occasions: with Luis Salom - in 2013 -, Miguel Oliveira - in 2015 - and Brad Binder - in 2016.

61 CAN ÖNCÜ

"I like the Mugello Circuit a lot. Last year I did a good job in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race there. This weekend we will try to take a step forward, using all the knowledge we gained in the two days of testing in Barcelona last week. We have to keep working and learning, because this is my first year and I still have room for improvement. If we can find that missing bit of feeling with the bike in Italy, we can be higher up."


Mugello challenge next up for Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2

Brad Binder and Jorge Martin are ready for the sixth round of the season after a positive test in Barcelona.

The Mugello Circuit hosts the Italian Grand Prix this coming weekend, as the riders get set for battle at the sixth round of the 2019 World Championship. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo, Brad Binder and Jorge Martin, arrive in Italy after completing an important test in Barcelona last week, in which they continued working on the evolution and set-up of their bikes.

After his fourth place in the French Grand Prix at the last round - his best result of the season so far -, Brad Binder travels to Italy ready to continue his progress. The South African has previously experienced victory at Mugello, having registered a win there in Moto3 in 2016. Now, Binder will look to build on the hard work he put in last week at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit to take a further step forward.

On the other side of the box, Jorge Martin heads to the Italian track - one that he likes - with the aim of bouncing back from a tough weekend in Le Mans. The current Moto3 World Champion has good memories from Mugello, where he won the lower class race from pole position last year. The Spaniard took advantage of the two days of testing in Barcelona to continue fine-tuning the set-up of his bike.

The 21-lap Italian Grand Prix starts at 12:20 pm (local time) on Sunday. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team were victorious at Mugello last year, thanks to Miguel Oliveira.

41 BRAD BINDER

"Last week we had a positive test at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, in which we tried to fix the issues that had come up over the previous weekend at Le Mans, and we did some further checks. I have to thank the team and KTM because everyone is working very hard and that’s really positive. Now we have to keep pushing in the same way and stay focused. I hope that, if we apply what we learned in the test for the upcoming race, we can move up."

88 JORGE MARTIN

"Mugello is a circuit I like and it’s a track with less braking than others, which is what I’ve been struggling with this year. I hope to take advantage of my strengths in acceleration and try to fight for the top 10, as I think that would be a good result for us right now. Last week, we had two days of testing in Barcelona where we gathered some important information, which we will use this weekend to try to take another step forward."


Gran Premio d'Italia 2019: Preview

Mugello n.6, we can smell the home perfume. In the next days it will be sunny on the beautiful Italian track. 5 km of ups and downs and corners transforming every race in a mythical quest. Here, Italians have always been fast and we hope to do well. The riders of the VNE Snipers are full of energy after the good test at Barcelona, last week.

Tony Arbolino: “Home race is always very fascinating and here, at Mugello, we always give something more. We are full of energy and we are aware of our competitiveness in the last races. This time we'll try to finish the race that we haven't finished at Le Mans”.

Romano Fenati: “That's one of the most difficult race of the year but the track is beautiful and everyone, not only Italians, wants to do well. Slipstreams here are very important, we are always in group until the end you don't know how it will finish”.


The wonderful circuit of Mugello waits Idemitsu Honda Team Asia

The Japanese rider Teppei Nagoe will substitute the injured Somkiat Chantra for this race.

Hiroshi Aoyama - Team Manager

“The Mugello circuit is one of the best tracks in the World Championship, also one of the hardest and most difficult: so many corners, high speed, technical and difficult makes it really hard to get a good lap time. Also, it’s a little bit bumpy, that means it’s more complicated to find the good line and understand how to go in the good way. All the Italian riders are quite fast here. For Moto3 the slipstream is really important, so we never know who is going to win until the finish line, even if you lead in the final corner you can still finish 15th. In the middle of the Tuscany, it is fantastic for the spectators, and also for the riders, I like it very much, if you win here you get a lot of satisfaction in this track.”

Dimas Ekky Pratama #20

“Mugello is another new track for me, so it will be another busy weekend, with so much to learn about riding the track and setting up the bike for the track. After Le Mans we had a test at Montmelo [Barcelona-Catalunya] and we also did lots of training on bicycles and we also did some flat-track riding with my team. Now I feel very motivated to ride at Mugello. I am keeping positive thoughts for this weekend, during which I will learn everything I can and do my best from Friday to Sunday. The key will be to finish the race to take the maximum data from here to the next races.”

Teppei Nagoe #19

“First of all, I would like to thank Honda and IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia for giving me this great opportunity and also I'd like to wish Somkiat a speedy recovery from his surgery. It will be a great experience to race at Mugello, which looks like a fantastic circuit! I expect a lot of hard work as I get used to a new bike, a new circuit and a new team. I will do my best for everyone in the race and use this experience to continue my development as a rider.”


The wonderful circuit of Mugello waits Honda Team Asia

The Indonesian rider Gerry Salim will substitute the injured Ai Ogura for this race.

Hiroshi Aoyama - Team Manager

“The Mugello circuit is one of the best tracks in the World Championship, also one of the hardest and most difficult: so many corners, high speed, technical and difficult makes it really hard to get a good lap time. Also, it’s a little bit bumpy, that means it’s more complicated to find the good line and understand how to go in the good way. All the Italian riders are quite fast here. For Moto3 the slipstream is really important, so we never know who is going to win until the finish line, even if you lead in the final corner you can still finish 15th. In the middle of the Tuscany, it is fantastic for the spectators, and also for the riders, I like it very much, if you win here you get a lot of satisfaction in this track.”

Kaito Toba #27

“Like always, I will try to give my best and give my all this weekend. The secret will be to work very hard from FP1 and continue through to Sunday morning, so we have the best set-up for this track, which is quite fast and where drafting is very important. My target is to finish on the podium. At Le Mans we were very close to getting the podium, so I think we hope we can make it on Sunday.”

Gerry Salim #31

“I'm so happy and proud as an Indonesian rider to compete in the Mugello round of the Moto3 World Championship. This is a very special moment for me. I will do my best and hopefully I can follow the front group to get some points for Indonesia. I believe my team will fully support me for this race. I have experience of Mugello from last year, when I was competing in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, which will be a big help for me this weekend.”


Mugello Grand Prix: The spectacle of the year is approaching

When the sun slowly rises over the Tuscan hills, yellow swarms of people make a pilgrimage in one direction, then they have only one destination - the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello. The fans of the most action filled motorsport are facing a weekend of superlatives. 30km north-east of Florence, one of the most spectacular race tracks, with the longest straight, the tightest chicanes and the most passionate fans in the current MotoGP calendar, is the scene of the sixth World Championship round this weekend.

In order to be well prepared for the Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley, the two Redox PrüstelGP riders have used other sports in addition to classic fitness training. 26-year-old Jakub Kornfeil has followed his second biggest passion by taking part in a jet-surfing competition. The Czech not only trains his balance and endurance by that but also precision, because all of this demands the high-speed course of Mugello from its riders.

His younger team-mate, Filip Salac, has opted for a few sessions on a Supermoto, as consistent lap times are essential in the 20-lap race on Sunday. The 17-year-old is highly motivated to get back into the points. The Czech knows the track in the heart of Italy from last year, where he started in the Red Bull Rookies Cup. Salac is looking forward to the upcoming weekend and finally getting back on his Moto3 KTM.

Can the Redox PrüstelGP Team build on the success of Le Mans, where both riders of the Saxon team went into the points? The goal is to fully attack right from the beginning of the Friday practice, which starts at 09:00am.

Jakub Kornfeil #84

Mugello is by far not an easy track, it’s challenging with all it’s up- and downhill sections and chicanes and the extremely long straight. Here you need a really good pace and probably a slipstream for the qualification lap. I am feeling super motivated after Le Mans and a week break in which I did some Jetsurf race which keeps the racing mentality in your head. I am also looking forward to seeing my guys again because we are all very hungry for some good results. I am sure we can have a strong weekend if can push from the beginning. We definitely have the potential and we’ve shown that on the last two race Sundays. We need a good strategy from Friday onwards.

Filip Salac #12

I’m really looking forward to Mugello. I like this track a lot! It’s an amazing and outstanding track with challenging corners. The atmosphere there is breathtaking. Last year I came here with the Red Bull Rookies Cup and I totally enjoyed it. Le Mans was a successful weekend for us and we aim to continue this way. I am sure that we can have a good weekend here in Italy! I was training a lot at home in-between Le Mans and Mugello, also on the Supermoto, so I feel very well prepared, but let’s see how we will cope this weekend.


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