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Webb motivated for Jerez after Japanese gamble

Webb motivated for Jerez after Japanese gamble

Briton reflects on wet tyre gamble at Motegi race, where he led a Grand Prix for the first time.

It was one of the biggest gambles of the past weekend, and it very nearly paid off. British rider Danny Webb decided to risk riding on a drying track in the 125cc race at Japan with full wet tyres, and as a result came close to getting away for a first Grand Prix victory.

Webb led the Motegi race for over half of its duration, making use of the wet patches left by morning rainfall to keep his rubber cool and extend a gap at the head of the field. Eventually he fell down the field when those on slicks built up their case for the victory, but the DeGraaf Grand Prix man says that the choice had been a fruitful one.

“I could have started the race on slicks and finished eighth or thereabouts, but then I wouldn’t have been at the front at all,” he explained from the Jerez paddock on Thursday. “It was a good experience to lead a race for the first time, and it was just a shame that the tyres didn’t hold out.”

Despite a whirlwind schedule taking him straight from round two to round three of the lower cylinder category series, Webb feels confident of a good race in Jerez –a track that he could probably ride in his sleep.

“I’m motivated for this one, and I know the track,” says the rider well-versed in the nuances of the Spanish track from his time in the country’s national championship.


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