moto3 / Lundberg: “Joan still thirsts for victories”

The Leopard Racing Team’s Technical Director points to the recent successes of his riders, Joan Mir and Livio Loi, the absolute stars in the last round of the Moto3 class.

You are the leader of the championship: How will you tackle the second part of the season?
“We’ve come to a point in the season where we have to stay focused and not make mistakes. Remember that in 2015 Kent lost 100 points in the last 6 races, we have to think a lot before embarking with conservative strategies.”

Mir seems to have opened up a major gap on opponents …
“Joan [Mir] so far has been very good, constantly fast on every track and good at running in the races, taking the right risks – like the last lap in Barcelona or the wet track in Brno.

He also has a lot of motivation due to his latest achievements, but it is easy to be frustrated at a time if you make a mistake. But contrary to Kent, who entered the last part of the season defensively, Joan still thirsts for victories.”

What comments can you give overall on the team?
“For us, we are confident we can continue to be competitive and indeed, given the progress we have made with Livio [Loi], our goal is to push him a step further, trying to constantly fight for the podium. And accordingly, take precious points from our direct opponents.”

Where can Mir come with this rhythm?
“If Joan continues as he has done so far, we will really have to compliment him because the level of this championship is really high and he has proved to be always there to attack, but he does not have to look for records. The ultimate victory is the important thing because being World Champions is always very difficult, especially when he is only in his second year of the world.”

We have to go back a bit to find a World Champion in his second year in the category: from what I remember, only Loris Capirossi [1990 season, 125cc class] managed to win it in the first year, so we would be very proud to be able to get such a result at his second season.”

Then he will turn to the 600cc middle class …
“We believe that in Moto2 he can be the protagonist right away and that’s why we are proud of having formed a ‘real rider’. Now it is up to him to keep the standards he has been accustomed to and to bring home a fine “A” on his report card at the end of the season.”