moto3 / Mir ready to defend title lead at home
The leader of the Moto3 championship, Joan Mir, arrives home with a focus on success and consolidating his lead in the standings. Teammate Livio Loi is determined to show his true speed on his Leopard Racing machine.
After over a month of country jumping and airports, the World Championship finally arrives in Europe for the fourth round of 2017. The Gran Premio de España, on the Circuito de Velocidad of Jerez de la Frontera, is a truly classic GP and signifies the start of a busy phase in the calendar of on-off racing for the coming weeks.
Located in the heart of Andalusia, the circuit was built in 1986 and is one of the most popular and well known tracks on the calendar, always attracting thousands of enthusiasts. 4.4 km long, with 5 left corners and 8 on the right, its features make it one of the most popular tracks for testing.
The Leopard Racing Team are looking to leave behind the troubles that emerged in Texas and to try and return to the encouraging performance of the first two races of the season in Qatar and Argentina. Both Joan Mir and Livio Loi have figured out their Honda NSF250RW, picking up two wins and precious points at the start of the season.
Jerez is an important round for Joan Mir, who is out to defend his home from the charge of his rivals. He knows the Andalusian track well and wants to make up for his 8th place in the United States, disappointment after two extraordinary wins at the start of the season. The 19-year-old from Palma de Mallorca will do his utmost to be well represented in front of his fans, working hard from FP1 to have the tools in his belt to challenge for a podium at the very least.
His teammate Livio Loi also heads to Andalusia with the desire to redeem himself. On several occasions the Belgian has shown the speed and tenacity needed for the podium when duelling out on track, closing in on the front and learning the tricks to ride with the top of the class. With years of experience in Jerez, Loi will be looking for a serious haul of points.
Competition in the Moto3 category is ruthless and it will not be an easy GP for the Leopard Racing Team. Mir will have to keep an eye on his rivals, in particular fellow Spaniard Jorge Martin (the only rider to claim three podiums in the first three races) and the reborn Roman Fenati (who has triumphed in Jerez in 2012 and 2014). We’ll know how it all ends on Sunday…
Moto3™ World Standing 2017:
1 – Joan MIR 58 points
2 – Jorge Martin 52 points
3 – John McPhee 49 points
4 – Romano Fenati 45 points
10 – Livio LOI 15 points
Moto3™ Schedule (Local Time, GMT +2):
Friday, May 5th:
09:00-09:40 – FP1
13:10-13:50 – FP2
Saturday, May 6th:
09:00-09:40 – FP3
12:35-13:15 – QP
Sunday, May 7th:
08:40-09:00 – WarmUp
11:00 (23 Laps) – Race