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Herrera blog: My first year in the World Championship

Herrera blog: My first year in the World Championship

Maria Herrera discusses her first year racing in the Moto3™ World Championship in a guest blog for boxrepsol.com.

Herrera rides for the Husqvarna Factory Laglisse Team, has a best placed finish of 15th so far and was writing a guest blog for boxrepsol.com:

Hey everyone!

It’s a pleasure to be able to write to you in my first year in the World Championship. This first season for me has been above all an exercise in learning, in adapting to the motorcycle, to the pace of the championship, and to circuits that are completely new most of the time.

To be able to learn all these circuits is really good for next year, but this year I have to adapt to the category, get more comfortable on the bike, and, in short, learn and enjoy myself.

Video games are helping me a lot to prepare for some of these circuits. It’s a good way to see how they are before arriving to each of them. They are fairly lifelike, and this year’s game even more so. I know it’s true that it’s best not to focus too much on the gears for example, because it’s not the same, but to learn the circuit it’s always helpful.

I did it in Assen, for example, and it went really well. I’m very happy with how things went in Montmelo and in Assen. In Catalonia we got our first point, which is something that fills you with confidence and makes you see that we can continue getting results. I really think that we can stay in the points in all, or almost all the GPs.

I think that in Argentina we really could have fought for points, but we had bad luck. It seems that this bad luck is over, though, and we’ve strung together two good races, so it’s time to keep working hard and improving little by little! That’s the only thing we need to do this year.

In general, the jump from the FIM CEV Repsol to the World Championship is a big one. I have noticed and my parents have too, of course. My dad comes to all the races with me, and my mom to all the ones she can. For them, it’s a huge sacrifice because in the World Championship there are more races than in the CEV and we travel more. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am, so I’ll always be very thankful for the effort that they’re making for me.

In the paddock you meet a lot of people, and it’s made me happy to see that you can make friends, that many other riders come up to you and talk to you… the atmosphere of the paddock is very close.

What I don’t have is time to sightsee, even though we’re always traveling. We arrive and then we work until we get back after the race. I did have time to see that they drive terribly in Qatar though. It was kind of scary, the way they fly through the roundabouts… totally chaotic!

The next destination is Germany. They told me that it’s a slower circuit that is not like Assen. We’ll see what the weather is like there, which will have a big influence. Otherwise it’s business as usual: prepare and learn the circuit with the video game and then, from the moment we arrive, hard work.

Best wishes,

Maria

Tags:
Moto3, 2015, MOTUL TT ASSEN, Maria Herrera, Husqvarna Factory Laglisse

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