M2: Spanish GP: Team Aspar preview

With European flight schedules back on track following the disruptions caused by an erupting volcano, the Grand Prix of Spain is clear to go ahead this weekend. The postponement of the Grand Prix of Japan due to said disruptions means that the...

With European flight schedules back on track following the disruptions caused by an erupting volcano, the Grand Prix of Spain is clear to go ahead this weekend. The postponement of the Grand Prix of Japan due to said disruptions means that the Jerez race will be the second of the season and the first on European soil. The extra week off has had its advantages in that it has allowed the Moto2 teams to continue working on the new machines, a job made somewhat easier this weekend given that they all tested at Jerez in preseason.

Mapfre's two riders are both excited about the trip to Jerez, with Julian and Mike eager to build on the work they did on their machines over the winter. The Spaniard and the Frenchman have all the data they require to be on the pace from Friday's opening session, Julian also having the experience of dominating the 125cc race last year before an unfortunate crash and Mike looking forward to returning to a circuit where he believes his four-stroke breakthrough came.

Julian Simon:

"Jerez is a circuit I love and I really want to finish on the podium there. We were set back by an incident in the first race of the season so to me it feels like the championship starts at Jerez this weekend. I know the circuit perfectly and we gathered a lot of data for this bike there during preseason. The postponement of the Grand Prix of Japan has given us an opportunity to keep working on the bike. I'm sure the Spanish fans will give all the local riders an extra push -- like they did for me last year when I was leading the race but unfortunately crashed, so I owe them one. I am going to be working my hardest to come away with a positive result this time -- the main objective is the podium although the DNF from Qatar means we're obliged to come away with points on the board."

Mike Di Meglio:

"The last test we did at Jerez was very positive because we were able to test out a bunch of chassis solutions, which finally gave me a comfortable feeling with the bike. Hopefully all that work, as well as what we did in Qatar, can help us this weekend. The result in Qatar did not reflect our pace in practice but I am sure we can be on the pace from the start in Jerez. It is not one of my favourite circuits but we have done a lot of laps there and I think that experience can help us."

-source: team aspar

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Drivers Julian Simon