moto3 / Great expectations in Montmelo for Leopard Racing
The rookie Joan Mir looks ahead in the standings for his home GP, while Fabio Quartararo tries to assault the podium again. Locatelli ready to rebuild after Mugello.
A third of the 2016 season is done and dusted as the World Championship comes to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, about 30 km from the city. The track was opened in 1991 and has become a mainstay for racing on both two and four wheels. At 4.7 km long, the track has five left hand bends and eight rights with a straight of just over 1km.
The track proved to be a rather strong one for the Leopard Racing team back in 2015 as they achieved great success in the lightweight class. Danny Kent won the Moto3 race ahead of Enea Bastianini with teammate Efren Vazquez taking to the third step of the podium. The Basque rider set the lap record while teammate Hiroki Ono recorded the highest top speed of the event. In 2016 there have been many changes, both with riders and the change to KTM machinery.
Barcelona is the home Grand Prix for Joan Mir, the rookie readies to show himself in front of his home fans holding eight in the world rankings. The 18 year-old from Palma de Mallorca is riding as though he were a veteran of the class, especially after his performance in Mugello where he was able to take the third top ten finish of his rookie season.
Tied for tenth place in the standings, both with 30 points, teammates Fabio Quartararo and Andrea Locatelli, both determined to do well. Their motivations and goals remain almost identical. The French was the author of a remarkable comeback in Italy from 18th place, missing victory by 77 thousands on the finish line. He’s now out to finally deliver on all his potential and promise, no matter what.
The Italian is not far behind either. He left his home race without any points and arrives in Catalunya in search of redemption. On the circuit of Montmelo, ‘Loka’ has always improved with each visit. Last year he was 12th, this weekend he wants the top ten.
Moto3™ Schedule (Local Time, GMT +2):
Friday, 3rd June:
09:00-09:40 – FP1
13:10-13:50 – FP2
Saturday, 4th June:
09:00-09:40 – FP3
12:35-13:15 – QP
Sunday, 5th June:
08:40-09:00 – WarmUp
11:00 (22 Laps) – Race