moto3 / Lundberg: “We went to attack in all the races to win”
The Leopard Racing’s Tech Director looks back at the last two European rounds on the eve of the triple-header in Asia.
Misano and Aragon were two big moments for the championship …
Our strategy has rewarded us: we went to attack in all the races to win them and despite the fact that it was not always possible to do so, there have been eight wins so far!
Joan was superb! He has made the last laps intense, especially for us who are in the box! Now the advantage has really grown. We will try to make a good race in Japan, although I think Joan wants to win there, because this is his mentality! We hope we can win at least one of the remaining four rounds, and maybe we can win a World Champion with a win!
How do you judge Polanco’s performance, replacing Loi?
We hope Polanco can take advantage of his experience as a wild card, remembering the lessons learned during the Aragon GP, to head straight to his first podium in the CEV, adapting to the bike and improving his riding style.
Will we see the Belgian in action in Japan? How is he?
We are happy that Livio comes back and will run with us gain, hopefully he finishes the season in a dignified manner because in the last races before his injury we had found the right direction and he was starting to go really strong.
Now you enter the season finale, with the triple Asian trip: what do you expect?
Exactly, the first stage is in Japan. Motegi is a particular circuit, made of violent disconnected features of Joan’s riding style. The track should also be suitable for Livio, given his low weight and strong acceleration.
What do you think of the penalty received after the Aragon race?
Joan received the penalty of six grid positions and accepted it. The others did the same but he was the only one to be penalized. Certainly the manoeuvres should be regulated better.
Nowadays adjectives struggle to define Joan: what can you tell us from inside the box?
We have to thank Joan for his work as a rider, but also for his behaviour within the team. We have to thank him for the immense confidence he had in us on every occasion: even in difficult moments, he never became nervous. We want to close the season finale in the best way.
After Valencia will end the professional relationship between Leopard Racing and Joan, who will go to Moto2, but we will all continue to follow him with so much affection!
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