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HRC Repsol MotoGP Team, GP of Italy Mugello – May 26th 2015
MotoGP: Italian Grand Prix the latest challenge for Repsol riders
Marquez and Pedrosa face Round 6 of the MotoGP World Championship at Mugello. Fabio Quartararo, Jorge Navarro and Maria Herrera will ride at an unfamiliar track.
The valleys of Tuscany host the sixth round of the MotoGP World Championship this weekend. After his win at Mugello last year, Marc Marquez returns to the fast Italian track where he also achieved the first victory of his Grand Prix career. Teammate Dani Pedrosa is recovering more each week from his recent surgery to his right forearm, and will once again be accompanying the reigning World Champion in the premier class.
In Moto3, Fabio Quartararo, Jorge Navarro and Maria Herrera face the challenge of adapting to an unfamiliar circuit. Leaving the results from France in the past, the former pair will try to establish a spot in the front group and again fight for a place on the podium. After a difficult weekend in France, Maria Herrera arrives at Mugello motivated and prepared to continue taking steps forward in her Grand Prix career.
“We are very motivated after the weekend in Le Mans and arrive in Italy in good shape. We must work hard from Friday to find a good setup as Mugello is a complicated circuit, however, I like it and have good memories from my first victory in 2010. We know Valentino will be very strong at his home race, Jorge and Dani have a good history there and Ducati were testing there just a few weeks ago, so we will have to be focused all weekend.”
“Even though we didn’t get a great race result, the outcome from the weekend in Le Mans was positive! The arm was better than I expected and now we head to Italy — after a further two weeks of recovery — looking to make another step. Mugello is a very fast track and you must work hard from the first session to find a good setup for this circuit. The fans always make this a special race so I hope I can do a good race for my fans and my team.”
“I can’t wait to go to Italy, because from what I’ve seen in the videos, the Mugello circuit seems quite fun and technical, with fast corners and chicanes at high speeds. I think I’ll like it. It also has a very long straight, in which slipstreams, the engine and the power of the bikes will play an important role. We will work hard with the team to try to get a good result. I’ve studied a lot, watching videos of previous years, and I am very confident, because we have already seen that we can fight amongst the front group.”
“Mugello is a very fast circuit. I’m sure it will be a good spectacle; there are always group races there and I think the same will happen this year. We will have to work hard from the start and have good practices. The goal is to learn the circuit as quickly as possible and, above all, finish the race in order to keep learning. We have prepared a lot for this Grand Prix and I really want to compete and do as well as possible.”
“The goal for Italy is clear: Start with a good base, work hard from the start and be consistent with my times, in order to get closer to the front and keep taking steps forward. The Mugello circuit is tricky, because it is very fast and twisty. This motivates me, so I aim to use what I have learned to try to do my best. I’ve seen videos of previous years and I know I have to work hard, but I will enjoy it because I like fast corners.”
REPSON HRC TEAM: MUGELLO VIDEO PREVIEW
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