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The man of the moment in Moto2™ has to be Jorge Navarro (Lightech Speed Up). Over the past three Grands Prix, the Spaniard has racked up two pole positions and three podium finishes to drag himself into contention for the World Championship - now eleven points adrift of Lorenzo Baldassarri (FlexBox HP40) at the top of the table.
Even more impressive is the fact his third place in Austin and second place finishes in Jerez and Le Mans has created history for the Speed Up factory. It’s the first time the Italian factory have recorded three consecutive podiums in Moto2™ history; a feat that even Andrea Iannone and Sam Lowes weren't able to achieve.
So, what does he put this recent form down to? “I think the thing that makes us this competitive is that we are like a family and we are working very well together”, said Navarro in an exclusive interview with motogp.com at the recent Moto2™ test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
“Every time I go on track, we find good conclusions, I learn something new and it makes us always be constantly improving. This is the most important thing. I’m feeling good. We’re working very well.
“We keep making little steps forward and this is giving me confidence, working like this. My plan is to keep this moment, keep working like this and continue in this way.”
Both Navarro and his Speed Up teammate, Fabio Di Giannantoni, were in Barcelona in preparation for the upcoming Italian GP: “We are trying some solutions that we have tried at races but we weren’t sure which was the best.
“Here, we want to be sure which is the best way but nothing new, nothing different to what we’ve already set on the bike.”
Despite Navarro’s recent podium success, the Valencian is still yet to lead a lap in the intermediate class so far this season and there’s no doubt his next goal is to earn a first win since the Aragon Moto3™ GP of 2016.
“That’s the target. Keep working like this, continue working hard and why not?”
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