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ASPAR MotoGP Team Official Press Release – Grand Prix of the Americas (Austin, Texas) 7th April 2015
ASPAR Team rider excited to race in front of his fans as the only American rider on the grid in Texas. The Aspar Team will also rely once again on the support of POWER ELECTRONICS, the multinational firm with whom the team enjoyed great success in recent seasons.
They say that everything is bigger in Texas and that is certainly true when it comes to the Circuit of the Americas. The gigantic facility boasts the longest straight on the MotoGP World Championship calendar at 1.2km, which culminates with a breathtaking climb into a blind first turn. MotoGP crosses the Atlantic this week for the first of two races this season in the USA, with Valentino Rossi still dominating the headlines after his victory in the opening round in Qatar two weeks ago and with an unfortunate sub-plot that sees Dani Pedrosa out of action, requiring surgery on an arm-pump problem. After winning at COTA for the past two seasons, World Champion Marc Márquez will be looking to get his season on track this weekend after a mistake in the opening race that almost certainly blew his chances of at least a podium.
The Grand Prix of Qatar saw some encouraging progress from the ASPAR Team although race night at Losail wasn’t the success they had hoped for. Both Nicky Hayden and Eugene Laverty are looking purely at the future, however, and even though this is not one of the American’s favoured circuits he is looking forward to racing his new Honda in front of the home fans. It promises to be another intense weekend of learning for Laverty, meanwhile, as the Irishman makes his first visit to the Texan track. The two Aspar Team riders will have a new ally in Texas, as Power Electronics return to re-form the partnership that enjoyed such great success during 2012 and 2013.
“I love the facilities at COTA and I love the event but to be honest the layout of the track is not one of my favourites. There are a lot of corners where you need to get the bike stopped and I prefer tracks that flow more. Anyway, the asphalt is really impressive and the circuit itself is too, and overall I think they did a great job. We know where we’re at right now, where we need to improve, which is mainly in the electronics. I am looking forward to getting there and competing in my home race, in front of my fans. We understood more about the chassis in Qatar so hopefully this weekend we can use that knowledge to fight for a better result.”
“We did a great job over the weekend in Qatar, I got to know the bike much better and my feeling improved as the Grand Prix progressed. Unfortunately things didn’t go as we hoped in the race. Now we go to two completely new circuits for me in Texas and Argentina, so it is going to be another two weekends of learning. We improved the set-up a lot in Qatar so that is encouraging for this weekend. As a team we are moving in the right direction so I am looking forward to continuing with the job. Hopefully I can adapt quickly to the two circuits and gather some more experience with the bike so that when we get back to Europe and Jerez I can really push.”