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Guevara: “I am sure we can be fast from the start”

Guevara: “I am sure we can be fast from the start”

The Mapfre Team Mahindra Moto3™ riders give us their thoughts on the first race of the season at the Losail International Circuit.

The long, harsh winter for the motorcycling fraternity is almost over as the cold, rain and relentless test schedule finally gives way to spring sunshine and top quality racing. The Moto3 World Championship kicks off this weekend under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit in Qatar, and with no clear favourite for the title the minor category once again promises excitement and action from the first corner of the season to the last.

The first round of the 2015 campaign is a landmark one for the Mapfre Team Mahindra, with new machinery and new riders being brought together for a three-pronged assault on the championship.

Juanfran Guevara stays with the Spanish team after an impressive rookie campaign in 2014 and he is joined by Pecco Bagnaia and Jorge Martín, making his eagerly anticipated debut at World Championship level. All three riders have combined to create a great atmosphere within the garage during preseason testing and their performances have proved that they are more than ready for the challenge in Losail.

Juanfran Guevara:
“Everybody at the team and Mahindra have done a great job during preseason and thanks to that we have a good base to start the season from. I like the Losail circuit quite a lot and I went well there during practice last season, it was just a shame that I got knocked off in the race. Our objective is clear – we want to be running in the front group and this season I want to correct the mistakes we made in 2014, and I am sure we can be fast from the start. Preseason is important but this weekend is when we really measure ourselves against the rest and find out what level we are all at. I am sure that if we continue to work in the same way we have been doing in preseason things will go well. There are three of us in the team this year, we all get on well and that is good because we can help each other out on the track.”

Pecco Bagnaia:
“Finally winter is over and we are going to Qatar to start the season. The rain didn't allow us to get much work done at the last test but we have still done a great job over the preseason. My adaptation to the team has been perfect, we have found a lot of solutions with the set-up of the bike and we are ready to get the season started. We have already reached a good level and I am sure we can be competitive from the first race. I can't wait to get started and I have missed racing a lot. Losail is a fun circuit, it suits my riding style well and it has a really long straight so it will be important during qualifying to make the most of a slipstream. Also, even though it is quite strange I enjoy riding at night.”

Jorge Martin:
“I am really excited to be making my debut in the World Championship. Preseason has been long and we have had the time to do a lot of work in different conditions, which has allowed us to really develop the bike.  I am happy with the work we have done during the winter. I have never been to Qatar and I have never ridden at night so I guess it will be a little tricky to get used to the circuit but I am sure that my team will help me to process everything quickly and get comfortable. My team-mates have told me it is strange to right at night because the shadows make it feel like there are people constantly trying to overtaken you. Even though I haven't been to Losail before I have done a lot of laps on the Playstation and I know the layout by heart. The goal this weekend is to enjoy it and finish as high up as possible.”

 

Tags:
Moto3, 2015, COMMERCIAL BANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Jorge Martin, Juanfran Guevara, Francesco Bagnaia, MAPFRE Team MAHINDRA

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