ÁNGEL NIETO TEAM READY FOR QATAR DEBUT2018-03-13 09:18
Andrea Migno and Albert Arenas prepared to kick off Moto3 season beneath blazing Arabic sun
For the first time since 2007 the Losail International circuit in Qatar will this weekend host a Moto3 World Championship race by day. The 2007 season kicked off with victory for Héctor Faubel beneath the blazing Arabic sunshine and this year's opening Grand Prix has been brought forward a couple of hours, with the likes of Jorge Martín, Enea Bastianini, Aron Canet and Fabio di Giannantonio ready to launch their title challenges in hot conditions, with the likes of Marco Bezzechi, Alonso López and Niccolo Antonelli also hoping to be in the hunt. On Sunday at 4pm local time the red lights will go out for the first time in what promises to be another entertaining season.
The Ángel Nieto Team also head to Qatar ready to join the battle at the front of the pack. A new association with KTM, and two experienced riders on board in Albert Arenas and Andrea Migno, promises to make for an exciting season for the Spanish outfit. Both Arenas and Migno will be racing by day in Qatar for the first time, and will therefore have to pay close attention to the performance of the tyres after not having faced anything like similar conditions during the European preseason. The pair arrive in Losail with their aims set high and with the determination to put this new team name up in lights.
Albert Arenas: “I can't wait to arrive in Qatar, to feel the nerves and the tension of a race weekend. It is a circuit I already visited last year but now I am looking forward to seeing how our bike performs at another circuit, after testing it at Valencia and Jerez, and in a different temperature. We have a few days first to assimilate everything we have done in preseason and to get mentally prepared. The race will be during the daytime, when it will no doubt be hot, so we will have to see how the tyres hold up because we haven't faced these conditions during preseason.”
Andrea Migno: “I am excited to start the new season. During these tests I have done a lot of work with my technical staff, which has been the main point of our preseason, so I am going to Qatar ready to fight. It is a circuit I like and it suits me pretty well, so let's see how it is this year. The bike has a good base, better than last season's, I am happy with it. It will be a different weekend to last year because some of the sessions will be during the day and we will have to adjust but I don't think it will be a big problem. If it is, it will be the same for everybody, so I am not concerned.”
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