M2: Italian GP: JiR preview

Adrenalin will be set at maximum for the JiR Moto2 Team as they head for their home GP at Mugello next Sunday. Both riders, Simone Corsi and Mattia Pasini, have happy memories linked to the Tuscan track, but both are now in completely different ...

Adrenalin will be set at maximum for the JiR Moto2 Team as they head for their home GP at Mugello next Sunday. Both riders, Simone Corsi and Mattia Pasini, have happy memories linked to the Tuscan track, but both are now in completely different situations with one looking to continue his good run of form and the other determined to make a fresh start after a difficult beginning to the season.

Corsi has already won at Mugello in 2002 and taken third place in 2007. The rider from Rome has shown continuous improvements in the first races of the year and the debut Moto2 podium he gained in the last race at Le Mans gives him the confidence to push for a good race at home. Simone Corsi: "Mugello has always been an exciting race, either because it's one of the most fascinating circuits of the championship or because it is my home GP, therefore the hills are filled by supporters and fans. Here Italians can give that little more. I'm happy and relaxed, because I come from a good podium in Le Mans which pays back the work done by the team and realizes the continuous advancements we've made since the first race. I'm confident I'll give a good performance, a victory is our real aim but the objective is to continue to improve, collecting as many points as possible for the championship. We'll have to work hard on our performance in qualification, in order to start at the front and not let anybody get away."

Pasini, as well, is confident about Mugello, as he won here in 2006 on a 125cc machine and then last year with the 250. The rider from Rimini, however, is still having trouble as he gets to grips with the new Moto2 machine, although both rider and team are giving 100% to ensure that he gets back to fighting with the leaders.

Mattia Pasini: "To get to the home GP after two hard races is certainly something that gives me the right motivation to push hard for a good performance. Also last year I came here after a negative period of performance and I managed to end up in first place, therefore I hope I'll be able to make a good race also this year. I'm working to find the best way to interpret the bike and already in Le Mans, thanks to the team's efforts, I made some good steps forward, mainly in the race. Physically I feel good, I'm looking after my shoulder well, but it's most of all a matter of precaution. I'm excited and confident I'll be able to make some further steps forward at Mugello."

-source: JiR

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