Repsol youngsters ready to bounce back after Sachsenring disappointment
From the Netherlands to Germany to Italy, the MotoGP World Championship’s grueling three weeks conclude with a trip to Mugello for this weekend’s races. The series reaches its midway point at the Italian Grand Prix, where Moto3 riders Maverick Viñales, Álex Rins and Miguel Oliveira shall fight to regain top positions after disappointment last time out.
For Repsol Moto3 riders Maverick Viñales, Miguel Oliveira and Álex Rins, the Italian adventure is a chance for redemption after a tough German GP. Mugello was the scene of a Viñales podium and an Oliveira 8th place last year, and a return to form at the circuit is needed in order to regain the dry form that has made them two of the fastest in the class — currently lead by Sandro Cortese with an 18 point advantage over Viñales.
Miguel Oliveira “Mugello is a rather tricky circuit, in which speed and acceleration count for a lot. It is twisty and has a few tricks to learn, so we will be working on our lines in order to find pace from the start. It isn’t easy, because the turns are all linked and you have to keep your speed up when cornering instead of braking late. I usually brake very late, so it will be very important to work a lot on preparing for these corners. We shall try to get in sync with the track right away in order to best set the bike up for the race.”
Álex Rins “From what I have seen of Mugello, I know that it is a very fast track with a lot of turns, so I hope to adapt well to what appears to be a circuit well suited to my riding style. Preparation will be the same as all the other new tracks for me. We will have to memorise the layout as quickly as possible when we get there, in order to have a good weekend. Luckily there is not much time between the German and Italian GPs, because last time out was a weekend to forget for us.”
Maverick Viñales “We lost the championship lead in Germany, but Italy is the ninth round and the midway point of the season; there’s still a long way to go. We will still have the same number of races again after Italy before the season concludes, so it’s all up for grabs. I am as motivated as ever heading to Mugello and am convinced that we will be as consistent as we have up to now. I like the track and it is a beautiful and demanding layout, for which the engine is key. The KTMs are very fast, but we will try to cut the gap.”
Source: Repsol Media Press Release