Jorge Navarro takes Malaysia podium, Maria Herrera 18th
Jorge Navarro was back on the podium in Malaysia, having just missed out on a rostrum in Australia last weekend. The Repsol rider rode very well at Sepang and competed in the leading group with Oliveira, Binder, Fenati, Kornfeil, Antonelli and Kent. Like most Moto3 races this season, positions alternated during the course of the contest, and there was added intrigue in the battle between title contenders Oliveira and Kent. On the final lap, Oliveira and Binder controlled the first two positions, and Navarro managed to trail them to the line to secure third place. With this latest podium finish, Navarro strengthens his position in eighth in the overall standings.
Maria Herrera, who progressed throughout the weekend at a new circuit for her, finished eighteenth after fighting throughout the race with Suzuki, Guevara and Loi. Passes on the last lap allowed her to finish first in her group.
The Moto3 World Championship returns to Europe for the final round of the 2015 season in two weeks’ time, as the season comes to a close at Valencia.
“I am very happy with the career I’ve done and the work of the whole team throughout the weekend; The pity is that I have not won Miguel [Oliveira] and Brad [Binder]. It was a very difficult race, a bit chaotic, because there have been many riders in the first group from the beginning. I’ve been able to manage the different stages well and have reached the final laps with the tires in good condition. We continue taking steps forward, as in the last races, and once again we have come to Sunday prepared to fight for victory. I am very pleased with the progress that we’ve done, with the transoceanic tour I’ve done, and we’ll go to Valencia circuit –my home-track– where I hope to make a great career in front of my fans.”
“I started the race pretty well and I gained several positions, but later on several riders crashed and that hurt us because they broke up the group. I had to fight in another group behind and at the end I was able to arrive at the chequered flag at the head of this pack. I’m not happy, because my eyes were weeping and I could not see well. Riding in these conditions is difficult because you have hot air coming through and it burns your entire body; it is something that I was not used to, but I managed alright.”
Source: Repsol Media