Di Meglio reviews his Moto2 campaign so far

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Friday, 18 June 2010

The French rider of the Mapfre Aspar team discusses a difficult adaptation to the new intermediate category and how he has changed his riding style. He hopes to be competitive from the off at Silverstone.

Mike di Meglio’s introduction to the Moto2 class has not been easy, and the Frenchman has come close but just missed out on registering any points in the opening four rounds of the 2010 campaign. Sixteenth in the opening race in Qatar was the closest he has come so far, and he was unable to finish the last race at Mugello.

“The first race in Qatar was a little difficult for me,” explained the 2008 125cc World Champion, who rode in the last ever 250cc season last year and has remained with the Aspar set-up in Moto2. “We had a great qualifying in 13th, but in the race the front tyre was not so good and after three laps I couldn’t ride the bike how I wanted and finished 16th. We used the information for the next race and knew we had to improve the bike.”

There have been a range of differences to adjust to after making the step up, and Di Meglio explained what he has had to contend with.

“At the start it was the engine braking and the riding line. What’s strange with this category is that you don’t have so much power and if you work hard to exit the corner fast you can get nothing,” he said. “Sometimes it’s better to take a crazy line and ride in this way! It’s better for this category. I try to have the best line and to use the engine to its strengths, but in this category if you do this you lose more time compared to normal. Now I’m trying to change my riding style and way of thinking in order to go faster.”

The Mapfre Aspar team made the switch to the Suter chassis after round two, a change which has helped Di Meglio. “The Suter is 10 kilos less than the RSV and I find the bike easier to ride. When overtaking you can change the line easier,” he added.

“When we had the race in Le Mans I made some mistakes and at Mugello I pushed a lot in the practice and in the second session I was fourth. We didn’t organise ourselves very well for qualifying though and started from 20th. In this category it’s very difficult to pass everyone because the engines are all the same, and it’s not the same as in 250cc or 125cc where you can pass ten riders during the race.”

The hard work will continue and Di Meglio has targeted strong qualifying sessions in order to give himself a good chance of racking up Championship points. He hopes that will start this weekend at the AirAsia British Grand Prix on the new Silverstone circuit.

“I need to work a lot on my qualifying because I know if I can start from tenth or eighth then the race will be different,” he said. “Silverstone could be good for me because all the riders are getting faster and if I can be fast straight away then I think I can get a good position. I like to learn new tracks, I have done a few laps and the track is fast, and we will see after the first few laps in practice!”

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