Red Bull KTM Ajo travel to Jerez for first European race of the year03/05/2017
Niccolo Antonelli and Bo Bendsneyder face the Red Bull Spanish GP hungry for good results.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo team head to Jerez Circuit this weekend, for the fourth event of the Moto3 season -the first in Europe. Niccolo Antonelli and Bo Bendsneyder have already been able to ride at the Andalusian track this year, in two tests -one official and one private- that they concluded with very positive feelings. After three difficult rounds so far this season, both face the Red Bull Spanish GP with the ambition of obtaining a good result.
The two preseason runouts at Jerez with his KTM were important for Niccolo Antonelli, as he continued learning about his new bike. The Italian rider had an unfortunate race at the Spanish track in 2016, as a mechanical problem on the grid forced him to start from pitlane and he was unable to complete the contest. In 2012 he took his best result there in Moto3, finishing 8th.
Bo Bendsneyder has fond memories of Jerez, after winning there in both Red Bull Rookies Cup races in 2015. During preseason testing he was one of the most solid riders on the Moto3 grid, and wants to regain this good feeling after an unlucky start to the year. In 2016, the Dutchman finished 21st in his first World Championship round at the Andalusian track.
Last year’s Red Bull Spanish GP saw an historic first victory for Brad Binder in the Moto3 World Championship. The South African made an incredible comeback from last position (starting 35th), to win the race at Jerez and set up his eventual title triumph.
This Sunday’s Moto3 race will be held at the regular European time slot of 11am local time.
Circuit information – Jerez
Length: 4.423 m / 2.748 miles
Width: 11 metres
Left corners: 5
Right corners: 8
Longest straight: 607 m / 0.377 miles
23 NICCOLO ANTONELLI
“The goal for this Grand Prix is to work well from Friday’s practice sessions and have a good race on Sunday. We already have references and data for the bike at this circuit, so I hope they serve us well. If we do a good job on Friday and Saturday, this will allow us to attack and be strong in the race. Jerez is not one of my favourite tracks, but I’m hoping to change that dynamic this weekend and get a good result.”
64 BO BENDSNEYDER
“I’m looking forward to this weekend in Jerez. We did a lot of testing here during the winter and we usually get a good setup at this circuit. As always, we will work very hard, we will fight for a good position and after that we will see what happens. We’re going to fight to do our best over the weekend and complete a good race; we deserve it.”