Malaysian GP 2012: Preview. This weekend sees the second of three back-to-back races in the Far East, when the Moto2 championship riders ride at the track of Sepang where on Sunday the Malaysian GP 2012 will take place.
Teams will be welcomed by the usual wet and humid weather for this round of the World Championship that is expected to be full of strong emotions as it marks the first anniversary of the death of Marco Simoncelli, who had his fatal accident at the circuit.
The JiR Team with its riders Johann Zarco and Eric Granado will present itself in Malaysia with the usual enthusiasm, fired up also by the arrival in Japan of the new 2013 frame, that has already been used by Zarco in the last GP and that will now be the technical base of the MotoBI for the Frenchman for the remaining races. Granado, on his side, will continue with the actual technical configuration, that will be finalised to give him some more traction out of corners, even if the priority for the young Brazilian is still to gain experience, take confidence with the tracks and improve his consistency in performance more than his time on a single lap.
These will be two of the most demanding races of the season, both for the climate conditions and for the technical configuration of the two tracks. Sepang is a wide track that leaves room for each rider’s interpretation of the lines, while the hot weather will call all riders to adapt their bodies. In Aragon Johann ended his race close to the winner, while in Japan the gap was higher, which is a mark that says that he needs to better prepare the race even if he’s already able to be performing on the single lap time. Granado in Motegi suffered the crash he had in practice, but in his last lap in the race he scored his best time of the weekend, meaning that the technical problem that he had did not affect his performance and he had some room for improvements. The MotoBI showed to be well adaptable to the two tracks: we have data enough to put both riders in the condition to concentrate on their riding.
For Malaysia we are already thinking of what we have to do there. Laurent Fellon my trainer and manager says this track is new to me on the Moto2 machine, so I need to be ready. We have to be ready for practice and I need to be ready to ride my MotoBI. I will train in the week and get used to the hot weather and prepare my physical condition for the weekend ahead. We will want to be on the pace of the best riders as soon as possible and I know I can do that and fight for the top five positions. We need to be positive and think like this.
After the difficulties of the Japanese Moto2 race, I now need to prepare myself mentally and physically and look forward to Malaysia and see how it goes with there. I’ve watched many videos and recordings of the corners and the best racing line and I think it is a beautiful track and very fast and later this week when I take to the track for first practice I want to improve so much more during the sessions. In the race my aim is to go with the group in front who are generally about one second in front of me.
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