MotoGP™ stars take to ice racing in Andorra

MotoGP™ stars take to ice racing in Andorra
Monday, 20 January 2014

Numerous MotoGP™ faces travelled to Andorra’s Grandvalira circuit at the weekend in order to try their hand at ice racing in the GSeries BPA.

World Champion Marc Marquez, Bradley Smith and Moto2™’s Tito Rabat were amongst those tackling the sub-zero conditions, tested by a slippery surface lined by banks of snow. In the final event of the day, Marquez was one of several drivers to become entangled in a multiple-car collision which resulted in a brief stoppage.

“It was quite crazy!” Marquez laughed. “One guy had an accident and we had a red flag, then at the second (restart) we had another accident at the first corner with Tito, myself and many drivers all in the middle of it! It was so, so difficult with the heavy snow. We enjoyed it a lot, though, and that is the most important thing.”

Braving the conditions, the enthusiastic crowd was particularly excited by a one-on-one duel between Espargaro brothers Aleix and Pol, with the pair piloting cars of identical specification and powered by 1300cc motorcycle engines.

“It’s much colder than the Superprestigio!” said Aleix, referring to the previous week’s dirt track event in Barcelona and before beating Pol in a best-of-three battle with a score of 2-1.

“My job is with motorbikes and I am better on two wheels, but I race cars every time I have the opportunity because I love it. Four wheels is so different to two, but I enjoy it a lot. It’s really cold! It is -10 or -12 degrees, but I was here two years ago and it was -22 degrees, which is even more unbelievable. I try to spend as much time as I can inside the car because it is much hotter!”

Pol was equally enthused by the opportunity to challenge his elder brother head-to-head, before they go on to share the MotoGP™ circuits in 2014 with NGM Mobile Forward Racing and Monster Yamaha Tech3, respectively.

“It is always nice to be here racing cars with Aleix,” Tech3’s Pol explained. “It’s not easy, for sure – it’s different! It is definitely different to what we normally do, with the ice so slippery, and it is difficult to control the car. Lap by lap I started to control the car and go a little bit better, but it’s so much fun.”

As proceedings reached a frosty end, it was Marc Marquez who came out on top as the leading MotoGP™ representative, finishing third despite the dramas of his final race.

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