Pull&Bear Aspar Team hoping for smooth weekend at Le Mans

2017-05-16 15:48
The MotoGP World Championship heads into the fifth of eighteen rounds this weekend with the top four riders separated by just ten points, with Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales now closely followed by Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márquez after a one-two for the Spanish team-mates at Jerez. All four riders will be in the hunt for a rare victory at Le Mans, a circuit that has traditionally been the territory of Jorge Lorenzo, who has six victories there and arrives in France on the back of a morale-boosting first podium with Ducati. Home hero Johann Zarco will also be keen to shine in the Grand Prix de France.

The Pull&Bear Aspar Team are hoping that a smooth weekend on the newly re-laid French asphalt can see them back up their strong pace shown already this season with some equally strong results. Since Karel Abraham qualified second on the grid in Argentina and Álvaro Bautista took a solid fourth in the race, the pair have been dogged by a series of crashes. The Spaniard knows he needs to get back to the form he showed in the opening four rounds as soon as possible, whilst the Czech rider is approaching full fitness again after struggling with a leg injury.

Álvaro Bautista:“Our mind is focused on Le Mans after an unfortunate race at Jerez that didn’t turn out how we wanted. I am still frustrated by what happened because I believe we would have scored a good result there but the first thing you have to make sure of is to finish the race. We go to Le Mans feeling fully recharged after a few days off, ready to get back to work and show our level. The surface is new and seemingly has a lot of grip so we’ll have to wait and see what it’s like. We will also have an eye on the weather because the rain is never too far away there so we’ll have to make sure we are ready to react in practice. It is a stop and go circuit with a lot of direction changes so we need to find a feeling quickly to prepare for the race. We need to work well from the start to make sure we come away from this one with good points, as we have had bad luck in the last two races and it is up to us to turn it around.”

Karel Abraham: “We’re already on our way to Le Mans, which in the past has not been one of my favourite tracks although I do like the layout and I think with the new asphalt I will like it even more. I am really looking forward to this weekend after a busy week for me. I have had some race schools in Brno as well as a lot of training and physiotherapy after what happened at Jerez. My leg is still giving me some pain so I can’t run but I have been doing plenty of cycling, gym work and supermoto which is a lot of fun.”

Source: AsparTeam

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