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Team Mapfre Mahindra Moto3 Official Press Release – 07/04/2015. 02 GP AMERICAS – COTA – PREVIEW
After starring on the opening night at Losail, the MAPFRE Team Mahindra rider is determined to score the podium finish he so narrowly missed out on
After an opening night race in the Middle East the MotoGP World Championship heads west this week for the first of two back to back races in North and South America. After a visit to the Circuit of the Americas in Texas the series heads to Termas de Río Hondo in Argentina for the second of two races in as many weekends; races that promise to be as exciting as they will be exhausting. Both tracks are relatively new to the series and both hold eternally long straights for the Moto3 bikes to negotiate, so after a nine-way fight for the victory in Qatar two weeks ago we can expect a similar battle in Austin on Sunday.
Pecco Bagnaia was one of the nine fighting for the win at Losail. The MAPFRE Team Mahindra rider took his turn at the front of a combative lead group and was fully deserving of a podium to show for his efforts, only to be denied by contact with another rider on the final lap. The Italian youngster is determined to put that disappointment behind him this weekend and score a first career podium in just his second outing with the team. MAPFRE Team Mahindra rookie Jorge Martín is looking to build on the point he scored on his Grand Prix debut in Qatar whilst the third MAPFRE Team Mahindra rider Juanfran Guevara is confident of rediscovering his preseason pace after visiting an ophthalmologist to solve a problem with his vision.
21 – Pecco Bagnaia
“COTA is not a track that really suits my style but with the Mahindra anything is possible, so I am feeling very motivated for this race. It is a spectacular bike with a chassis that handles superbly, which allows me to do a lot of things. I can brake where I want to and still hold a perfect line, so even though it is not my favourite track I go there feeling confident that we can do a great job. We travel to Austin in high spirits after our excellent performance in the first race of the season. We have the potential to achieve great results and we are going to work hard to fulfil it. We have taken a very positive direction with our work since preseason and we will pick up this weekend where we left off in Qatar”.
88 – Jorge Martín
“I raced at COTA two years ago in the Rookies Cup and even though I had a broken hand I did very well. I like the circuit, it has a bit of everything, all kinds of corners and hard braking. I think it really suits my riding style and I am sure we can continue to improve and score a good result there. I have been training hard because it is a physically demanding circuit. I am happy to have scored my first World Championship point and now we go to America in good spirits but with our feet on the ground, ready to keep working to improve.”
58 – Juanfran Guevara
“We travel to COTA after confirming in Qatar the good work we did during preseason. We have seen that the Mahindra has a lot of potential to run at the front. I had a small problem with my vision in Qatar but as soon as we arrived back in Spain we fixed it and I will be back to 100% in Texas. We have to start as strongly as possible to be running at the front all weekend. We will have a look at last year’s data to see where we were strong and where we need to improve. COTA is different, I like it quite a lot and I hope to finish with a good result there.”