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5 days ago
By motogp.com

Maria Herrera replaces injured Arenas at Aspar

Spaniard steps in to ride at Phillip Island and Sepang

Maria Herrera will replace the injured Albert Arenas in the Mahindra Pull&Bear Aspar Team at both the Australian GP and the Malaysian GP. The young Spanish rider made her Grand Prix debut in the 2013 Aragon GP and became a permanent World Championship rider in 2015, when she got 9 points in the standings with eleventh position in Australia as a best result. Now, she is back in action with the Aspar Team and a motorbike, the Mahindra, which she will try for the first time in Phillp Island.

María Herrera: "I am very excited to be able to compete with the Aspar Team, I have always wanted to be in a good team and Álvaro Bautista has always spoken very well about both the team and Jorge Martínez "Aspar". Álvaro was world champion with them, and also Julito Simon, so I have to take this opportunity. I do not know the bike, but I will try to adapt as quickly as possible. When I train, I do it with a bike that has a very similar chassis, and it's something that can come in handy because I have a good corner speed. For me Phillip Island is one of the best tracks on the World Championship calendar, in my first year I was eighth in the qualifying and eleventh in the race. Last year I was also in the front positions, so I think it's a good opportunity for us."

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