Red Bull KTM Ajo look to maintain form at Mugello29/05/2013
Reigning team World Champion in Moto3 will attempt to complete an entire year of podium finishes at Mugello. Luis Salom, Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Arthur Sissis will be the riders fighting for the honour.
After a wet French Grand Prix, the Red Bull KTM Ajo team travel to Tuscany for the latest round of the season, at the Mugello circuit. The team have collected seventeen consecutive podium finishes, stretching back to when Sandro Cortese took second place on the podium in Catalonia last year. With this fact in mind and with the desire to continue a good start to the season, Luis Salom, Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Arthur Sissis get ready for more Moto3 action.
Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Spanish rider, second in the overall standings, arrives at the Italian Grand Prix sore from the heavy crash suffered in the third practice session at Le Mans, but with his condition improving with each passing day. Salom will race this weekend and attempt to continue with the excellent run of results which has made him a regular fixture on the Moto3 podium –with 1 win and 3 further rostrum finishes.
Zulfahmi Khairuddin also suffered a very nasty fall in the race at the French track, which left a big comeback unrewarded. The Malaysian rider will try to finish in the points this weekend, as he did last year at Mugello and as he had been doing this season up until the French event.
This is the same goal as that of Arthur Sissis, who has already won at the track in 2011 in the Red Bull Rookies Cup. On his second visit to Mugello in the World Championship, the Australian wants to erase the memory of last year –when he did not finish the race– and get a good result at one of his favorite circuits.
Circuit information – Mugello
Length: 5.245 m. / 3,259 miles
Width: 14 metres
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 9
Longest straight: 1.141 m. / 0,709 miles
“Last week I underwent medical examinations to check my physical condition. The crash was a heavy one and I’m still not at one-hundred percent, but every day I feel better. Mugello is a circuit I like. I have not had good results for one reason or another, but hopefully that will change this year. I think the race will be very similar to those we have had so far, although it would not surprise me, due to the characteristics of the track, if we have an extra rider in the lead group.”
“I really like the circuit. I won there in the Red Bull Rookies Cup and I went well in the race last year, my first year in the World Championship. Besides, I really enjoy the time in Italy and the circuit is in a very pretty area. I sincerely believe that this is one of the best circuits in the world, because it has everything: Climbs, descents, many chicanes and fast and slow corners. It’s very fun.”
“Mugello is a track that I like. It’s completely different to Le Mans, with many fast corners and a very long straight. Last year we did not get a bad result at all at this Grand Prix. What’s more, I think this track is perfect for the KTM and this weekend it will be even stronger. We must try to get into at least the top ten, right from the first free practice. Hopefully the weather is better than in Le Mans and we can finish off the weekend with a good result.”