Faubel and Moncayo aiming for strong start to summer races
The MotoGP 2012 calendar enters its busiest summer period with the first triple-header of the season taking in races in Holland, Germany and Italy over the next three weekends. The European mainland road trip begins at Assen and in accordance with tradition the oldest race in the championship takes place on the final Saturday in June. ‘The Cathedral’ of motorcycle racing is the most historic circuit on the calendar and it remains one of the fastest. Round six saw a change in leader of the Moto3 World Championship but round seven promises to be another unpredictable chapter in a seesaw inaugural season for the exciting new category.
The BANKIA Aspar Team tackle the Dutch TT with motivation and optimism still high despite a struggle for results over the past few races. Alberto Moncayo and Héctor Faubel are determined that hard work will out over misfortune, with the Spanish pair both enjoying the switch to a new chassis for their Kalex/KTM machines and looking forward to working on it again this weekend. Both riders enjoy racing at Assen and Faubel in particular has good memories of it, having finished second there in 2005 and 2007 in the 125cc class.
Alberto Moncayo: “We go to Assen in high spirits. It is a circuit I love, because of the layout and also the history. My first visit here was very satisfactory and this year we arrive on the back of some bad luck in the last couple of races. Now we need to be a little better organised and prepared to change a few things. We are working hard but just still haven’t channeled our energy properly. Now I am looking forward to this weekend, the chassis we used at the last round felt good and I am looking forward to working on it again. Our situation hasn’t been as positive as we might like over the last few rounds but we remain optimistic. We know that the result depends a lot on qualification so we will work hard again to get the best possible position on the grid.”
Héctor Faubel: “We’re on our way to a circuit I love. I have been feeling good on the bike for the last few races now but we still don’t have the result to show for it. At Silverstone we had a good race but paid the price for starting so far back on the grid. We have to keep working hard in practice and make sure we qualify as high up the grid as possible because we have seen how important it is in this category. Despite the changes to the track I still really enjoy racing at Assen and I hope that on Saturday we can at least be in the top five or even fighting for the podium.”
Source: Team Aspar Press Release