Efren Vazquez (SaxoPrint-RTG Honda NSF250R) has high hopes of another strong Moto3 performance on Sunday following a brilliant ride to third in Texas, where he finished less than three tenths of a second off the win, just as he had done in Qatar. The Spaniard showed the speed of his Honda NSF250R by several times sneaking ahead of race-winner Jack Miller (KTM) on the straights. With Honda and his crew working hard, Vazquez currently lies second in the points standings behind Miller.
Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW) took fourth in Texas and will be going all out for his first podium of the year this weekend. Team-mate Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW) was in the podium fight at the last race, until he fell just a few corners before the chequered flag. He is confident he can be fully competitive once again as the action moves from North America to South America
Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold Honda NSF250R) and John McPhee (SaxoPrint-RTG Honda NSF250R) hold seventh and tenth places in the championship standings, suggesting that they too will be running near the front at Termas de Rio Hondo.
SaxoPrint-RTG rider Efren Vazquez says:
“We showed at Austin and in Qatar that we are very close to winning a race. I was very happy with my bike at the last race and I think we will only keep getting better from here. None of the Moto3 riders has been to this new track, so it will be interesting seeing how we all approach the weekend. The aim is the same as always – to be in the fight for the podium and to win if possible.”
Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider Alex Rins says:
“We’re going to a completely new circuit and we shall see what happens, because we all have the same situation to face. We haven’t been able to watch videos or do anything based on previous years, as the only way to prepare beforehand is to study the map of the circuit and try to learn the corners from that. We haven’t even got a computer game to learn from, so I can’t wait for Thursday and the chance to put in some laps on the scooter. That will help us to get an idea, but it won’t be until the first practice session that we see exactly what the circuit is like.”
Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider Alex Marquez says:
“A difficult weekend awaits us, because we are going to a completely new circuit for which nobody has any reference points. We are all in the same situation, starting from zero in terms of both the lines to take and the setup to use. After the good race that we had in Qatar and the crash at Austin, we shall try to regain the confidence that we had and take as many points as possible. We will have to be very focused in practice in order to make the best use of the time available –and to be as ready as possible for the race.”
Source: Honda Racing
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