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Team Estrella Galicia 00 Marc VDS Moto2 team, GP of Indianapolis Preview – 3 August 2015
Moto2 championship battle resumes at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS head across the Atlantic this week, for round ten of the 2015 Moto2 World Championship at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Well rested after the summer break, and with his collarbone injury now fully healed, Tito Rabat heads to the Brickyard determined to take the fight to current championship leader, Johann Zarco. The reigning World Champion currently trails the Frenchman by 64 points in the standings, a deficit he is keen to reduce, starting this weekend in Indianapolis.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was where Álex Márquez secured his first ever World Championship podium finish back in 2013 and the 19-year-old Spaniard is looking forward to making his return this weekend. The last few races before the summer break saw a big improvement from Márquez, as he continues his transition to Moto2 and the reigning Moto3 World Champion heads into the second half of the season looking for his first podium finish in the intermediate class.
“We head to Indianapolis after three weeks of relaxing on holiday, but we must see how is the rhythm and the collarbone. I have been training over the break and I feel strong, but we will see. My approach is the same; focus on what we need to do in Indianapolis, work with the team to make sure we have the most competitive package for the race and then try to finish as close to the front as possible.”
“Indianapolis is where I secured my first World Championship podium, so it’s a special track for me. The track has changed a little bit, but it’s still one that I like. I’m really motivated to get back to racing after the break. I come back refreshed, with more power to try and improve my performance in the second half of the season. We are going in the right direction with the bike, so we just need to work a little bit more if I am to achieve my aim of finishing on the podium before the year is out.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“The summer break has allowed everyone in the team, riders included, to recharge their batteries ready for the second half of the season. For Tito it has also allowed him to recover fully from the collarbone injury and the crash that cost him a podium finish in Sachsenring. Johann Zarco has a commanding lead in the championship standings, but it’s not insurmountable and we go into the last nine races of the season determined to make a battle of it. We saw Álex make some big steps forward in the races ahead of the summer break and I’m confident we’re going to be seeing a lot more of him at the front of races in the second half of the season, as he pushes for his first podium finish in Moto2.”