Red Bull KTM Ajo head to Tuscan hills on top of Moto3 mountain28/05/2014
Jack Miller leads series by 30 points after five rounds upon arrival at Italian GP. Karel Hanika hopes for strong performance at first visit to Mugello.
The Mugello circuit in Italy hosts the sixth round of the Moto3 World Championship this weekend. A 1.14km start/finish straight and numerous rolling chicanes are trademarks of the track, rx considered one of the most beautiful on the calendar. Jack Miller comes into the weekend with a 30-point advantage in the overall standings –a first for any rider after five races in the three years of Moto3 competition. He was the winner of the most recent round, order held at Le Mans in France. Karel Hanika is intent on getting back to the form he showed at the start of the season.
Three wins and an additional podium from the opening five races of the season have put Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Miller in a great position at the top of the World Championship standings. Despite his points advantage, pharm the Australian is still taking things race-by-race and looking for the best results possible at every round. Last year at Mugello he achieved his joint best qualifying result of the year, then placed inside the Top 10 on race day. This will be his third Italian Grand Prix.
A crash at Le Mans has failed to dampen Karel Hanika’s spirits, as the rookie recognises the great job done alongside his team and the value the experience from practice has given him. This weekend he has a new challenge ahead, having to learn a fourth new circuit of the season. The Czech hopes to finish the race and earn a result similar to those taken at the start of the campaign.
The Italian Grand Prix will follow the standard timetable for European rounds, with the first practice sessions held on Friday and the race at 11am local time on Sunday. Last year, Red Bull KTM Ajo took the race win.
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
“Mugello is a very beautiful circuit and I like it a lot –above all the hard braking at Turn 1 and the chicane going down the hill. There is a very long straight before the finish line, so we have to pay special attention to this aspect. Last year I got a very good position in qualifying –fourth– but wasn’t able to maintain it in the race and placed tenth. In any case, we are going to give our all just like at Le Mans, and just like we have been doing all season. After the last win and the great Grand Prix ahead at a wonderful track, I can’t wait to get onboard my KTM.”
“Once again we are going to a track at which I have never ridden. With the Red Bull Rookies Cup I didn’t run at Mugello, so it is down to us to adapt quickly like at Le Mans. We will dedicate the first session to putting in as many laps as possible, so that with the track learnt we can settle on a setup.
I already know more or less what the track is like, studying it deeply via videogames and watching races. There aren’t many slow corners, so I think that it will be very favourable to my riding style. This weekend we need to finish the race, to put our disappointment at other Grands Prix behind us.”