The seventh race of the 2017 Moto3 World Championship was held today, at the circuit of Barcelona-Catalunya.
Guevara and his crew worked on the pace during this morning’s warm up, completing a long run. The Spaniard started from the first row of the grid, doing his best to stay in the leading group. Because of an issue with the rear part of the bike, Juanfran lost some positions. On the final lap, the rider from Lorca was left out from the fight for the points as he crashed out, eventually crossing the finishing line seventeenth.
The warm up was important for Rodrigo and his technicians, who checked the final details of the bike’s setting. In the race, after a solid start from the eleventh spot, Gabriel joined promptly the front group and proved his competitiveness. However, a crash on the seventh lap marked an end to his battle for the Top-10, obliging him to retire from the race.
#58 Juanfran Guevara: 17th [RACE]
“It was a very complicated race for us. We had some issues, mainly with the rear, and now we have to check the data to figure out the reason. Since the first lap I noticed that something wasn’t working quite properly, the bike had changed compared to yesterday’s sessions. There was a lack of traction and that’s what made us lose positions, leaving us with barely any option to fight for the points. In the end maybe we could have finished a bit farther up in the classification, but I had a crash with another rider and that left us outside the points. We started from the first row and, after a good start reaching the first position, I began to struggle in the fast turns. I tried my best to improve the situation, pushing above the limit with the objective to fix the problem. However, I couldn’t find any solution and I’m disappointed. Today we had a good chance just like in the last race, but things went wrong. We’ll try to fight in the next Grand Prix.”
#19 Gabriel Rodrigo: not classified [RACE]
“It was a positive race on the one hand, and quite negative on the other. We were performing at a good level, even if we were out for two races. I was doing by best to try and stay with the group, as well as getting closer to the one in front, as the guys were creating a gap. Unfortunately already in the warm up I started having some problems with my right hand: since the surgery the nerves of the shoulder aren’t completely fine. My hand was a bit numb and on the seventh lap, when I went onto a bump, I hit the gas more aggressively. The front crossed and I tried to save the bike, but eventually I crashed from the rear. It’s a shame. It was clear that Juanfran was struggling quite a bit, the Honda bikes and just few KTM managed to find something that gave them a plus in the acceleration, they had more grip in the rear. I was feeling strong when braking and in the corners, yet I was suffering in other parts. The test that we have next week in Aragón will help us to improve. We have to work for this, in order to try to make a step forwards in the upcoming Grand Prix in Assen.”