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Dakota Mamola: ‘No pressure on me from team’

Dakota Mamola: ‘No pressure on me from team’

Making his Grand Prix debut this weekend at Silverstone, Dakota Mamola will ride as a substitute for the Aspar Team, but insists his main objective is simply to gather experience in the World Championship.

The young Mamola has wished Nico Terol a speedy recovery and return to riding and simply wants to make the most of his opportunity to replace the Spaniard at the Hertz British Grand Prix.

“I’m really excited for my first Grand Prix and to be riding back at Silverstone,” states Mamola. “I rode there in 125 in the BSB championship and the fans are the most crazy part about it. Even if it rains, snows, they always come out to see us and I hope there is going to be a big crowd.”

Explaining the approach he is taking this week, the FIM CEV Repsol rider adds, “We have no expectations, we have been talking with the team and they are not expecting anything too high level. I’ve only really ridden the Moto2 bike for three races in the Spanish championship with the GRT team and Aspar so the guys that I’m racing against have done a lot more miles than I have on the bike. That’s the main part of why I’m riding this weekend, to get more laps in on the Moto2 bike and the Suter chassis. I will be working really hard to learn as much as I can this weekend.”

Mamola also explains that his father, four-time 500cc World Championship runner-up Randy, is helping him to go into his debut GP weekend in a relaxed manner.

“My Dad isn’t talking too much about it as he doesn’t want to put too much pressure on me,” the American-Belgian comments. “He knows how much pressure I already have from other people because of being his son. The team are also saying ‘we don’t want to put any pressure on you this weekend’. They just really want me to have a good time, to learn from them.”

Meanwhile, the likes of Bradley Smith and Cal Crutchlow are also there to lend advice, which Mamola is more than grateful for.

“From Cal and Brad I’ve been texting on and off with them and they’ve been helping me out on pointers. But I won’t get any more information before Thursday when I get there and we’re going to be walking the track together. I’ve asked them to help me out a bit. They are a great help, two MotoGP riders and especially Brad as he also knows the Moto2 bike really well,” concluded the youngster.

Moto2, 2014, HERTZ BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2

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