Felice Monteleone – FMPhotoSport MotoGP News
HRC Repsol MotoGP Team, GP of Le Mans Preview – May 12th 2015
France welcomes Repsol riders on Pedrosa’s return to action
Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa to compete at Le Mans this weekend, where they have won for the past two seasons. In Moto3, Fabio Quartararo competes in home race, alongside Jorge Navarro and Maria Herrera.
The legendary Le Mans circuit hosts the fifth MotoGP round of the season this weekend. It will be a special event for the Repsol riders, as Marc Marquez will be further recovered from his finger injury for a race that he won last season. He will be accompanied by teammate Dani Pedrosa, who returns from forearm surgery. In Moto3, Fabio Quartararo will contest his first home GP.
The Bugatti circuit at Le Mans is a track at which Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have shone in recent years. They were winners in 2014 and 2013, respectively, and both have a host of wins, podiums and poles from previous seasons. In Moto3, Quartararo, Navarro and Herrera rode there for the first time last season in the FIM CEV Repsol, with Quartararo winning that event.
“Since Jerez we’ve been able to rest and now I’m feeling much stronger for this weekend. I visited Dr. Mir for a check up and my finger is definitely improving and healing well. I haven’t trained much this past week in order to give my finger a chance to restore back to 100%, which was our main goal. I like the Le Mans track, the weather is always changeable but last year it was really good and I took my first win in the MotoGP class, so let’s hope it’s the nice for us again this year!”
“I’ve been doing a lot of therapy in the past few weeks since the operation and I am improving step by step. I’m beginning to feel stronger and looking forward to getting back on the bike –after all, this is the best way to check the feeling after all the rehabilitation work. It will be good to get back to my team and catch up with them all after this time and of course to see all the fans in Le Mans, so let’s hope the weather is kind to us again like in 2014!”
“This is my home Grand Prix; although I live in Spain and it’s like a second home, it’s very special to ride in France and I will try to do the best I can. I know the track a little, although I’ve only ridden there once. It’s a ‘stop and go’ circuit with hard braking. We have been competitive at the first four races, so I am confident that we can go fast there as well –especially after the good work we did last week in testing.”
“Le Mans is a track we rode at in the FIM CEV Repsol last year and it went well for us, but things change a lot in the World Championship. We will have to be focused and work well from the start. The test we did last Tuesday allowed us to take a step forward, so we will arrive there more confident and I hope that we continue improving at this race. We worked a lot on the setup and I was able to ride fast, so we will try to be up there with the lead group again and progress further.”
“I know the track fairly well because of the race last year. Arriving there with references is positive. I was fast, but we can’t let up and will have to push from the first session, because this is the World Championship. In France you don’t know if it will rain or not, but our work so far this season and at the test last Tuesday mean that I believe we will be ok. I have spent a few days at home and my foot is better, so we will push hard to have a good weekend.”
REPSOL COMICS GP OF LE MANS VIDEO PREVIEW
[KGVID width=”950″ height=”534″]http://www.fmphotosport.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/REPSOL_MOTOGP_TEAM_LEMANS_PREVIEW.mp4[/KGVID]