M2: Italian GP: Team Aspar preview

Moto2 Team looking for further progress With the longest straight on the calendar up until this year, Mugello has always been noted for the importance of slipstreaming in the 125cc class. This year it applies to the intermediate category too,...

Moto2 Team looking for further progress

With the longest straight on the calendar up until this year, Mugello has always been noted for the importance of slipstreaming in the 125cc class. This year it applies to the intermediate category too, with the parity of the machines never closer than in the Moto2 World Championship. Every single point is closely battled for but with three races down the cream is rising to the top.

Mapfre rider Julian Simon is the most recent example of that, the Spaniard finally getting to grips with the four-stroke machine and scoring his first podium of the season in the last round at Le Mans. Whilst the Spaniard is now looking to build on that his team-mate Mike Di Meglio is hoping for a similar change in fortune as he targets his first points of the season. The Frenchman certainly knows the quickest way around this circuit and is still the holder of the 125cc lap record, which he set in 2008.

Julian Simon: "Mugello is a very special but also very difficult circuit. I think the majority of riders love riding there because it is so fast and it has a lot of sections where you need to stay very concentrated otherwise you can lose vital tenths. We have to work hard throughout practice to not lose any confidence in the bike and make sure we qualify close to the front. The podium at Le Mans has given me a lot of confidence and now I am hopeful of being back up there this weekend and repeating my result from last year in 125. We know the bike a little better now, the result in France gave us a boost and now we have to make sure we keep going in the same way. Mugello is a technical circuit so I want to use that to my advantage."

Mike Di Meglio: "I am really looking forward to getting back on the bike at Mugello because it is a circuit I love. This will be our second race with the new bike so we know it a little more and that should help us get nearer the front. We didn't have much luck over the course of the weekend at Le Mans so I want to get back amongst the results now. I will doing my best to shine at Mugello, a circuit I have always enjoyed competing at. To be fast at Mugello you can't afford to make any mistakes because the slightest error in one section can ruin an entire lap."

-source: team aspar

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Julian Simon