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Lorenzo Dalla Porta chats to motogp.com after replacing Isaac Viñales in the Husqvarna Factory Laglisse Team.
The 18 year old who comes from Prato will become the tenth Italian to line up on the Moto3™ grid for 2015, after it was announced that he had replaced Isaac Viñales in the Husqvarna Factory Laglisse Team for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.
Dalla Porta runs the number 48 in tribute to his Grandma Nicoletta (the year of her birth) after she bought him his very first motorcycle to allow him to pursue his dream of becoming a racer.
The Italian won the Italian 125cc Championship in 2012, before moving up to the Italian Moto3™ Championship, and then making his debut in the Laglisse Academy team in the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3™ Junior World Championship this season.
The Husqvarna Factory Laglisse Team announced him as a replacement for Viñales on 24th July, after they admitted they had not been satisfied with the Spaniards performance this season, and were impressed with the potential Dalla Porta had shown.
Therefore, motogp.com decided to catch up with the latest addition to the Moto3™ World Championship ahead of his debut at Indianapolis:
How different do you think the Moto3™ World Championship will be compared to the FIM CEV Repsol?
“I will run with a factory bike in Moto3™, and I will have to adjust to it quickly, but I guess it will be better. There are differences in the two machines, so I find it hard to make a comparison, but the biggest change will be in the chassis and the engine.”
How much of an advantage is it making your debut in the World Championship in a team you already know?
“Continuing to work with the same team will be a big advantage, as I know the guys and work well with all of them. I think we can do a good job, because I will be working with people who believe in me, although I need to have more confidence in myself. In the first round, it will be important to learn as much as I can by observing other riders.”
Which rider will you use as your reference point?
“He is proving to be the best at the moment, so Danny Kent!”
Do you think your experience in the FIM CEV Repsol will help you?
“I still have a lot to learn, but I think it will enable me to learn quicker. The Moto3™ Junior World Championship has undoubtedly been a great learning experience and one that I will continue until the end of the 2015 season.”
How do you feel about this sudden step up to the World Championship?
“I think it is a great opportunity for me and I hope to make the most of it.”
You have never ridden at Indianapolis before, how will you learn the circuit?
“On the PlayStation, and by cycling and running around the track. I feel prepared, and I’m pretty happy with my fitness for my debut in the World Championships.”
Ben Spies famously won at Assen in 2009 despite having never ridden there; do you think you have any chance of winning on your debut?
“I do not know what I can do. It gives me great security to know that I am on a competitive bike and I have this team behind me, and I will be aiming high, but much will depend on me. I will try to do my best and see with the results.”
Which group of riders do you see yourself battling with during the race?
“I will try to compete with the leading group, although I know this will be hard. Ideally I will be able to finish in the top ten but we will see when it comes to Free Practice in Indianapolis.”
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