Arnaud Vincent comments on a disappointing weekend in Jerez and looks ahead to his home GP
Defending World Champion Arnaud Vincent continues to have a difficult season and the result he gained last weekend in Jerez still shows the depth of the task that faces the Frenchman in developing the new KTM.
Last year in Spain the 28 year old finished runner-up to Lucio Cecchinello. Twelve months later and he's battling with Fabrizio Lai and Simone Corsi for a position 20 places further down the order.
After a mechanical failure in Japan things started to look up for Harald Bartol´s squad in Welkom when Vincent grabbed the team's best result with 12th. A few more teething glitches in Jerez meant a little step backwards. Here Vincent comments on his season so far and expectations for his home GP in ten days:
´It has been hard and I am very disappointed with my result in Jerez. We found it much harder to get the bike set-up correctly in comparison to South Africa. We thought that it was going to become easier, but it didn´t.
So unfortunately things didn´t go as we wished. We really wanted to confirm our ´arrival´ in Spain. It´s a shame that we have left with no points, I had hoped to make constant progress after South Africa.
Unfortunately, returning to Le Mans, I think that the bike has not yet come forward enough and doesn´t reflect the number one plate that is on the front of it.
As ever though I will ride one hundred percent to make sure the bike progresses some more. We´re awaiting delivery of a new chassis that KTM have developed, so I hope to know a bit more when we get there because we have had some problems in this area.´
´At Le Mans, I think that the lack of power won´t be noticed as much as in Jerez. There isn´t much need to run at high-revs there, but it will still be tough.´