Gadea and Vinales ready for Le Mans
After a perfect start for Sergio Gadea, standing on the first podium of the season, the rider wants to return to his winning ways and forget the bad string of results at the last two rounds in Jerez (where he crashed out) and and Estoril (where he only finished twelfth). The championship is still alive for the Spaniard who wants to get back into the fight for the 125cc crown.
His teammate Maverick Viñales is showing rapid adaptation to the class and in the Portuguese GP he only missed the podium by a few thousandths of a second on the finish line. In the French GP he wants to get that podium, on a track where the 125cc bikes are very competitive due to the twisty nature of the circuit.
Maverick Viñales: “As it happens mostly this season we come to a circuit that I don’t know. I have no references at Le Mans, so we must dedicate ourselves at the start to find the key points of this track and then work as we have done so far and give my best. Our unresolved task for now is the qualifying and we have to improve in this regard because in the race we proved that we are able to go from back to front and fight with the top riders in the category. To start from a better position on the grid would be very good for us. The thinking is the same as in previous rounds, to do our race and fight against ourselves. I want to keep learning, work as usual and do well and certainly the results will come. The fact of having been twice within a real chance of a podium finish doesn’t really put pressure on me and despite the comments that my performance at the start of the championship triggered, I stay calm because there’s still a long way to go.”
Sergio Gadea: “So far things have not gone too well for us although I think both the team and the technical crew and I are giving everything, but for whatever reason we have failed to translate that into good results. We started very well in Qatar, but in the last two races we lacked a bit of everything and we didn’t do well. But now we come to Le Mans, a circuit that has always done me good and I hope that this time it’ll be like that again. It’s about making a fresh start and keep working and above all not give up or lose confidence, because we’re lost if we do. The championship has just started, we still have many races left and I’m still with the same thought as at the start, to go for it. With this one and the next Grand Prix at Montmelo, two tracks in which things have gone well so far, I am confident that we will return to the path of success and we will be back in front, where we belong.
I’m not lacking the right bike or team or technical crew and I think my riding is at the level of the target that we set earlier this year, but we all need to do a little on every side. I am convinced that once we did that, the results will come back. I feel very strong physically, I train every day and practice various sports such as wake or padel tennis and I come to France with the motivation at the top.”