<b>MotoGP:</b> Heading to Le Mans

MotoGP: Heading to Le Mans

Our riders started their European campaign with a bang, turning hard-fought grid positions into solid results for most of them. We pass the mic to them for a little insight on the Jerez GP while hearing their thoughts on preparations before heading to Le Mans for the upcoming French GP.
05-14-2018
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motoGP

Our MotoGP riders don’t have the best history at Le Mans, but as Jerez proved, this is something that can be turned around quickly. In 2017, both Danilo Petrucci and Álvaro Bautista did not finish the race; Álvaro crashing out at Turn 7 in the first lap while Danilo retired in 8th position with 11 laps remaining. Danilo’s personal best finish at Le Mans was 7th in 2016, while Álvaro looks back at his 2014 podium finish in 3rd position at the iconic French track.

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#19 Álvaro Bautista
Jerez Result: P8

“I am very happy, mainly because of the feeling I got on the bike starting with FP4 than with the eighth-place finish. I think we have found the way forward and we are going to go in the right direction from now on. Whenever we tried to improve our main problem, the lack of contact with the asphalt from the rear made it difficult. Yesterday, we decided to make a complete change to try to solve the front-end issue. I felt more comfortable with the bike, was able to be better positioned coming out of the corners and felt more confident. I felt that I was riding the bike, rather than it riding me. On the final laps, I fought with Maverick Viñales for seventh position, but at one point I missed a gear and wasn't able to defend. I am looking forward to Le Mans, the feeling with the bike is much better and I’ve done quite well there in the past. I can’t wait!”

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#9 Danilo Petrucci
Jerez Result: P4

“We had a good weekend in Jerez. Usually, it’s a track that doesn’t fit the Ducati but we managed to have a good pace right from qualifying. We were lucky because there was a big crash involving three riders (and we weren’t part of it), so I pushed really hard and I stayed on the podium for some laps. Unfortunately, I was in the middle of a big battle with Rossi and Iannone and I was unable to keep the podium position, but that’s ok. A fourth-place finish is important for the championship. Now, we are heading to Le Mans, a track that maybe is even better for us to stay in the top pack.”

Bautista focussed

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moto2

Building on the positives from the first three rounds, the NTS RW Racing squad got their first chance to work with the gathered pre-season testing data, giving them a bit of a head start compared to the previous weekends. In Le Mans, both Joe Roberts and Steven Odendaal are looking to make use of the positive weekend they had in Spain. Despite both not finishing, the race left them with the impression that they’re on the right path to success, closing in on the riders in front of them step-by-step.


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Roberts on the Grid
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Roberts en Odendaal on track

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#16 Joe Roberts
Jerez Result: DNF

“The race was really nice. I made up ten positions and we were in 17th battling for the points. Unfortunately, I made a very stupid mistake and went down in the first corner trying to brake. Then I found I was in first gear. I tried to put it back in second gear but it went into neutral and the bike sent me flying. It’s really disappointing that it had to end like that because I think that if we stayed on the bike we would have had a really nice result. But yeah, this is racing. These things happen. On the positive side, we now know that we can be competitive and we can run closer to the front. The gap to the front is much smaller, we’re now about 25 seconds from the front which is good; it means we’re improving so, I am happy. Now we need to keep the momentum towards Le Mans and put in a good result.”

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#4 Steven Odendaal
Jerez Result: DNF

“We knew that we would have a much better setting for Jerez in comparison to the first three races of the season, so we knew we’d be a lot more competitive. That said, it was a bit of a difficult weekend because we crashed three times, one of which was unfortunately during the race. Overall, it was still a positive weekend for us because we managed to make positive steps forward. We were fighting for 13th position and at one point I was in 16th with two laps to go when I went down. We’ll look at the positives and look forward to Le Mans where I think we can be very strong once again.”

Odendaal on the grid

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moto3

Le Mans is yet another race where both our Moto3 boys raced previously in the Junior World Championship. Last year, Makar Yurchenko grabbed the pole at the French track, underlining the fact that it is a track that suits him well, but heavy battling during the race saw him come in a bit further down the pack than anticipated in P13. Jaume Masiá claimed P11 on the grid during qualifying, then he quickly found a little extra something which he acknowledged with the fastest time in pre-race warmup. Then, as fate would have it, crashed out on the last lap of the race. Coming from a high in Jerez, they are both determined to do well at the iconic French track.


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#5 Jaume Masiá
Jerez Result: P5

“After an amazing race in Jerez, it is time to face Le Mans, one of my favourite circuits. I am working so hard to do a great job in Europe. The team is helping me a lot, making my adaptation to the championship easier. I am really happy so far!”

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#76 MAKAR YURCHENKO
Jerez Result: P14

“In the Spanish GP, I made a good step forward! I was battling with the front guys all weekend and I scored my first points in the World Championship. I am quite happy about that, but I am still training to improve myself and show better result. The next race is the French GP on a legendary Le Mans Circuit which I know well. I like this track and I will give it my 100% there!”

Yurchenko with his team

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