moto3 / Lundberg: “In every race there are 10 candidates to win”
On the eve of the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, Leopard Racing Team’s Technical Director Christian Lundberg reflects on the first part of the season, outlining the winning philosophy adopted by the team.
“The first five rounds of the 2017 season have already passed, the championship is at a high level of competitiveness, in every race there are 10 candidates to win. At this start of the season, KTM has not yet been able to make the most of its potential; Honda has done a great job.
The Le Mans race was a little abnormal, with Mir and Fenati having something more. Joan impressed a great deal by forcing Romano, who might not have expected that recovery and pushed too much. On the other hand, we must remain competitive race by race, pushing and trying to bring home the maximum possible result, without making mistakes that would make us lose valuable points.
We hope we can also help Livio [Loi] because after a series of falls in Jerez, he lost a bit of confidence. We are trying to balance the bike according to his needs, but it’s not that simple. His small stature means less weight on the bike, penalizing other areas of motion, such as braking stability. Here at Mugello we all want to give him a hand to allow him to achieve his best possible results and maybe during the season also help Joan in the championship.
At Mugello there are the Italian riders who want to win: starting with the Sky VR46 team, who are approaching and developing their bike well; surely they will be the battle of Di Giannantonio and Martin; So many other riders will give us a twist, but Fenati is the number one opponent: the important thing is to try to stay stuck for as long as possible, especially if he tries to run away. Last year he had almost succeeded in his intent, when he was then stopped by the inconvenience to the chain.
For us the podium at Mugello would be a great achievement, regardless we will be waiting for Montmelo to try and win. We are happy with the start of this season, winning 3 races in 5 and making a podium is an important achievement. Without Joan’s problem in Race 2 in Austin, we could safely have been up on to the podium. We know things will not always be the best, on the weekend when we’re on the ball we have to try to take the most points possible and keep the advantage over our opponents.
But we can not and should not fall asleep. We remember the 2015 world title, when at the end of 6 races we had over 100 points of advantage, and yet we suffered to Valencia. I think Joan’s mind is completely different from that of Kent, who at some point of the season thought too much of the situation. Today, our philosophy is to get the best possible result in every Grand Prix without ever being content.”