M2: Japanese GP: Team Aspar preview

Aspar Moto2 Squad Look Ahead To Motegi The European summer is over for the MotoGP World Championship paddock, which lands in Japan this weekend for the first of three intercontinental adventures that also take in Malaysia and Australia. The ...

Aspar Moto2 Squad Look Ahead To Motegi

The European summer is over for the MotoGP World Championship paddock, which lands in Japan this weekend for the first of three intercontinental adventures that also take in Malaysia and Australia. The thirteenth round of the inaugural Moto2 season takes place at Motegi, the antidote to the long straights and fast corners of Motorland Aragon. The Japanese track features a lot of hard braking and slow corners although the frontrunners are expected to be the same in a season that has become increasingly dominated by three riders: Julian Simon, Toni Elias and Andrea Iannone.

Mapfre Aspar rider Simon has two previous podiums to his name at Motegi, the most recent coming in 2009 on his way to the 125cc title. The Spaniard knows his chances of obtaining the first ever Moto2 title are slim and his main target is to seal a first win in the category before the end of the season. His team-mate Mike Di Meglio is heading to some of his favourite circuits in the world looking to put together a string of consistent results before the end of the campaign.

Julian Simon:
"It is very positive that we are going into the flyaway races lying second in the championship. Little by little we are picking up experience and getting a better feel for the bike. I have been on the podium a couple of times at Motegi, I finished second last year and I love the track. I also think the Suter chassis will adapt well to it, especially the hard braking zones, which I love. I just want to keep working as we have done up to now and extend this run of podiums although my objective is to go for the win, which would be good for me and the team. Physically I feel in good shape, I haven't had a problem all season and I think that if we steer clear of incident we can keep this going to the end of the year.

Mike Di Meglio:
"We have three races in a row coming up and we have to be focused. I hope we can get the trip off to a good start this weekend in Japan. I like Motegi a lot and I think I can be in the top ten there. We have had a good base setting all season so I hope we can use that to get on the pace from Friday. It would be nice if we get good weather because it does tend to rain at this time of year. Last year I crashed on a damp patch but I am confident things will go better for us this time around."

-source: team aspar

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Toni Elias , Julian Simon , Andrea Iannone