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MAPFRE Team Mahindra Moto3 – 28/04/2015. 04 GP SPAIN – JEREZ – PREVIEW
Jerez prepares for first Spanish fiesta of the season. MAPFRE Team Mahindra riders hoping to shine in front of home support at Jerez
Pecco Bagnaia – Mapfre Mahindra Moto3 Team
Jerez is warming up to host the fourth round of the 2015 season this weekend as the nation’s motorcycle fans flock to the place they call ‘The Cathedral’ for the first of six straight races on European soil. Internationally recognised by the FIM as the ‘World Capital of Motorcycling,’ Jerez was the venue for much of the smaller category teams’ winter testing schedule, although the riders’ and their fans will be hoping for better weather than was afforded them here during preseason. The Spanish riders in particular will need every bit of support from the vociferous local crowd as they try to hunt down early series leader Danny Kent, who has a third place and two wins from the opening three races.
The time to shine has come for MAPFRE Team Mahindra‘s three riders in the Moto3 class and there can be no better place for them to do so than Jerez, where they spent much of their winter testing programme gathering vital information, albeit in largely inclement conditions. Now is the moment that Pecco Bagnaia, Jorge Martín and Juanfran Guevara must turn their hard work into results, with Bagnaia unfortunate not to have opened his podium account already this season. Martín and Guevara have had more than their fair share of bad luck in the opening three races too but they are looking forward to turning things around in the first of four races this season to take place on Spanish soil.
“The first three races of the season have been positive for us because we have been fast and competitive. At each race we have fought in the lead group but we still haven’t finished with a brilliant result so the goal is to get on the podium. Otherwise we are happy because Mahindra, alongside the team, are doing a great job and that is allowing us to improve our level every time we go out on track. We have the potential to finish regularly on the podium, so we just need to keep going like this and success will come along soon. Jerez is a really nice track and I love it. We also did a lot of work there in the winter, it was just a shame that a lot of it was in the wet. We go to Jerez full of motivation and we will try to be competitive from Friday. We have done a lot of work over the first three races to find a set-up for our bike and now it is just a case of adapting it to each track we go to.”
“I am really looking forward to this weekend. We did a lot of work at Jerez in the winter and I set some good lap times so I am sure we can get involved. The first three races of the season have been a little tough but the experience has been invaluable. I want to see the fruit of our hard work at Jerez and to make a strong start to the European races. From now on we go to circuits I know well from the Rookies Cup. Jerez is a very complete circuit and the straights are not too long, which should equal things out for us compared to the other riders. I adapted my style to the Mahindra at Jerez over the winter so we know what we need to start working on this Friday.”
“I am looking forward to going to Jerez and turning around this run of bad luck we have been on over the first three races of the season. At the last race we were fighting in the lead group until we had a problem but hopefully at Jerez we can be up there to the very end. The only way to do that is to work hard and push from the first day. Winter testing was tough because we had rain on so many of the days but we still have plenty of information to work from. We also have a test next week that should help us become even more competitive going forward. We have a good base setting to work from this weekend though and even though Jerez is not my favourite circuit I like most of the sectors and I am confident. I know we can be fighting for a top result this weekend.”