The Moto3 riders got out on track today for the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana.
This morning’s warm up was important for Guevara and his crew, who could confirm the final decisions for the KTM setting. The Spaniard could move up a couple of positions right at the beginning of the race, reaching the Top-10 immediately. After few laps, Juanfran managed to join the battle for the podium. In spite of a couple of tricky moments, Guevara crossed the finishing line within the Top-10, ending in sixth position and grabbing 10 points for the 2017 Championship Classification.
Rodrigo was once again one of the fastest on track in this morning’s warm up, setting the fifth fastest lap. In the race, Gabriel put in a strong start from the front row, fighting straight away for the lead. On the third lap, the Argentinian crashed out and was forced to abandon the race.
#58 Juanfran Guevara: 6th [CARRERA]
“I’m happy with this weekend, all the team did a great job. Generally speaking this was a positive Grand Prix, we were very fast in the free practices and, in spite of not setting a competitive lap in the QP, we made up in the race: we got as far as the second position. This race was affected by quite a few tricky moments and touches with other riders, but as a whole it worked out fine. I’m satisfied with the comeback, we wrap up the year with a good base for the upcoming season, it’s quite important to finish on a high note. This sixth position moves us up in the Championship Classification, getting us closer to the Top-10. I believe that through the year we had a solid progression, I think both the team and I did a good job. We made a step forwards and I’m really looking forwards to starting the Championship again next year. However, before that I think we all need a bit of holidays in order to recharge our batteries ahead of 2018.”
#19 Gabriel Rodrigo: not classified [CARRERA]
“This was the last race of the 2017 season and we had been competitive in the practices, we hadn’t made any mistake. However, maybe the desire to do well was excessive and that meant that our only mistake was in the race. It’s a shame because my objective was clear: I wanted to follow Martín, who had shown a great pace beforehand. In little more than a lap, we had managed to make a gap between the Top-3 and the rest. I think this was a race in which we had options to finish on the podium, or at least to fight for it. We keep learning from our mistakes. All the team deserved a good result here, but this is part of our job. We proved that we were competitive during the second half of the season, so we hold on to that bit. I’m sure that next year we will be very strong and that we can fight for the front positions, that’s our plan. We’ve learnt a lot and I’d like to thank my team for all the work they did this season. 2018 will be better.”