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Vazquez: “It wasn’t just luck”

Vazquez: “It wasn’t just luck”

A frantic Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix saw Efren Vazquez secure second and bounce back after several difficult races.

It was a strong start to the Australian GP for Efren Vazquez as he and Leopard Racing teammate Danny Kent both launched off the line, finding themselves involved in an enormous 20 rider battle for the lead. Unfortunately for Kent, the championship leader was struck by another rider and sent skidding down the track but Vazquez was able to avoid the incident and stepped in to fill Kent’s place. There were multiple incidents throughout the race but Vazquez avoided them all, able to keep the lead rider within his sights at all times. It would be a group of just five riders who battled for victory in the closing laps, Vazquez showing his many years of experience as he waited patiently in the pack.

As one of the smaller riders on the grid Vazquez has developed a reputation as a rider to be careful of on the final lap, often able to steal a final place or two at a race's close. He bided his time and on the last lap Vazquez struck, perfectly using the slipstream to get the better of Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) to claim second. This is Vazquez’s first podium since the German GP before the summer break and was a much-appreciated change in fortune. Vazquez now heads to the final two rounds of the 2015 Moto3™ World Championship with a new outlook, eager to end the year of a high after several difficult rounds.

Efren Vazquez: “It was a crazy race but a great battle too, fighting for the podium till the line. It is a hard fought second place finally, so I’m really happy for. At least we were a bit lucky today, opposite to some other races recently like in Motegi last week. However, it wasn’t just luck because we worked so hard this weekend. A big thanks to my mechanics for their job but also to my crew chief, who gave me a really fast bike all weekend long. After this long-waited podium, I already look forward to the last two races where I will continue in the same way like here at Phillip Island and just try everything to catch up one or two positions in the championship till the season concludes. I’m sorry for Danny as he missed this big chance today, it wasn’t his fault so he was really unlucky. But I’m confident that we as a whole team will manage to bring home the title next time out.”

Moto3, 2015, PRAMAC AUSTRALIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, RAC, Efren Vazquez, Leopard Racing

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