2014 Jerez Moto2 And Moto3 Test Day 3 Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the last day of the final test at Jerez:

Tech3’s Schrotter and Cardus complete final pre-season as Qatar nears

Tech3 Racing Team’s Marcel Schrotter and stand in rider Ricky Cardus today concluded the final pre-season test at the Circuito de Jerez in southern Spain, with just over a week until the start of the Moto2 World Championship. After various developments and improvements were made during the winter by the Tech3 Racing Team to enhance the Mistral 610, the team took advantage of three days of near perfect weather conditions to make the final preparations before the beginning of the season.

Marcel Schrotter concluded his last preseason test with a general feeling of positivity and optimism for the 2014 Moto2 World Championship. The young German worked tirelessly to establish his base set up and then undertook slight modification changes, in particular on the front section of his bike to improve brake stability and turning. Schrotter had an unfortunate crash in the afternoon which forced him to run into the gravel. However, he was uninjured and the bike was not majorly damaged. With his confidence and experience increasing consistently, the young German and his Tech3 Racing Team finished the session with a best lap 1:43.149 in 16th position.

Young Spanish rider Ricky Cardus began his adaptation to the Mistral 610 at Jerez this week, in preparation for the opening Moto2 race at Qatar. Cardus is temporarily replacing the injured Alex Mariñelarena who is recovering from an injury sustained at a private test at the end of February. Having never ridden the Tech 3 Racing Team bike before, the Spaniard proceeded to undertake a shake-down initially, having not raced a Moto2 motorcycle since the last season’s final round at Valencia. On the following days, his knowledge of the Mistral 610 grew, as his confidence did. At the close of the test, Cardus finished the session in 26th place with a best time of 1:44.029.

Marcel Schrotter – 1:43.159 – 16th:

“I am quite happy with the work we have done over the past three days as we managed to test a lot of settings to make the bike more comfortable over race distance. We focused mainly on the front section of the Mistral, trying to improve the braking and turning. A big positive that I can take home is that all of the fastest laps were on old tyres, which gives me confidence in race distance. I feel there is still some improvement to be made with how the bike reacts on new tyres, but this was never the main aim at this test. I am looking forward to Qatar and feel confident of fighting for top 10 finishes and having a good season this year”.

Ricky Cardus – 1:44.029 – 26th:

“First of all, I want to say thank you to the team for the opportunity and the faith they placed in me to test their bike. Of course, it’s not the way I’d like to get on the bike, and I really hope Alex recovers quickly. In all honesty, the test went well and was a really good experience. At first, after 3 months of not riding, I struggled to adapt straight away. I saw how far back I was and became slightly nervous. However, with more time on the bike I improved and felt better every day. My fastest lap could have been quicker but unfortunately I made a mistake in it. The lap time was not the most important part of this test for me, as I needed to prepare myself as much as possible for the first race, which I am really looking forward to”.

Herve Poncharal – Tech3 Manager :

“Overall, it was a good test. We have been lucky with the weather and had three days of great track action which helped us to prepare for the first race. We cannot say anything about the Moto2 test without mentioning Alex. We miss him a lot. Last time here he was very fast and very confident of improving. His condition is getting better every day and we all hope to have him back with us very soon. Marcel did a really good job and a lot of laps. He tried many settings and focused on the race pace. I have to thank him for his dedication, hard work and his feedback, I am sure he is ready to race in Qatar. I also want to thank Ricky Cardus. He jumped on the bike having not ridden all winter. His final time was the quickest lap time he has ever completed around Jerez. Ricky has ridden many other brands so it was interesting to hear his comments which will help us to improve. Finally, the long testing period is over, and just like everyone else we are very excited to go to Qatar. Now, let the show begin and get the championship underway”.

Hafiza Rofa debuts in Europe

Young Malaysian stands in for injured Hafiq Azmi in the SIC-Ajo team at Moto3 World Championship's final preseason test.

03/13/2014 - Jerez Circuit

This was a very special week for Hafiza Rofa, who had the opportunity to participate in three days of official testing alongside the Moto3 World Championship field at Jerez, Spain. The SIC-Ajo team brought in the Malaysian as a stand-in for compatriot Hafiq Azmi, who had to skip the test due to an injury to his right hand. This was the last testing event before the start of the World Championship next week in Qatar. Hafiq Azmi will return to action on his KTM at the Losail round of the series.

At these three days of testing at Jerez, Hafiza Rofa not only made his official World Championship test debut but also rode for the first time at a European track. This experience has helped him to learn a lot and begin his own preseason for the 2014 CEV Spanish Championship for Ajo Motorsport. At Jerez, the 17-year-old completed a total of 83 laps and set a best time of 1:53.100 -placing him thirty-third.

The Moto3 World Championship begins next week at Qatar's Losail circuit, and features the debut of SIC-Ajo and a new full-time Malaysian rider, Hafiq Azmi.

Combined Standings - Day 1/2/3

1. Jack Miller (KTM) 1:46.259

2. Alex Marquez (Honda) 1:46.359 +0.100

3. Karel Hanika (KTM) 1:46.381 +0.122

4. Jakub Kornfeil (KTM) 1:46.388 +0.129

5. Efren Vazquez (Honda) 1:46.392 +0.133

33. Hafiza Rofa (SIC-Ajo Team) 1:53.100 +6.841

Hafiza Rofa - SIC-Ajo rider

"I am very pleased to have been involved in this official test. It's been a great opportunity for me, because in two weeks time we return to this circuit for some Spanish Championship testing and I've gained a lot of experience. I've learnt a lot from all the team, both the mechanical and technical side, which has helped a lot to improve my driving. Furthermore, I was also able to learn from the other riders on track -which is very positive."

Simone Corsi in the top ten at Jerez

Winter testing came to an end in Jerez with a productive day for the NGM Forward Racing Team. Simone Corsi focused on the set up of his Forward KLX, recording his best time of 1’42.822, finishing in the top ten of the combined classification of the three days of testing. Simone leaves Jerez confident for the opening round of the Championship.

It was a hard day of work also for Mattia Pasini, who tested some new solutions in preparation of the season. Mattia finished in 18th position, recording his best time of 1’43.189.

After a long winter testing period, the season is now ready to begin. The Qatar GP first practice session will begin on March 20th, with the race taking place on Sunday 23.

Simone Corsi

“It was a very important test session. I could improve my feeling with the bike, although I expected to chip some more few tenths off to my lap times and close in the top 5. We did some step forward with the bike set up, so I’m confident for the first race. The gap with the front riders is not too big and we are all very close”.

Mattia Pasini

“I’m satisfied of the work done in these three days. I didn’t focus on the single lap but on the set up in preparation of the race. We haven’t done so many kilometres, so we preferred to work to have a consistent pace and to test several solutions on the machine. I really look forward to Qatar GP”.

The last preseason test for the Moto2 class have just concluded at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain.

IDEMITSU Honda riders Takaaki Nakagami and Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman completed 170 laps and 191 laps respectively during the three days testing at Jerez.

And 22-year-old Japanese rider was the top of the timesheet.

IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia will now move to Qatar for the 2014 season opening race on March 23rd.

Takaaki Nakagami – 1st position 1:42.206 (170 laps)

First of all, we are very happy that we have achieved the top spot of the timesheet throughout three days testing. I can feel that our conditions become better test by test. Also I kept improving best time under good weather conditions. I’m more than happy that I could keep running by consistent and high average of lap times, which is my main target from last year. It’s no doubt that my rivals are very strong but I’m confident to fight with them!!

Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman – 25th position 1:43.938 (191 laps)

I continue to working on my riding form and we grasp our direction throughout three days testing. Even if the Moto2 class is high level category, my experience in the Asia Road Racing Championship will help me in Qatar circuit, which is the season opening race.

Tadayuki Okada – Team Manager

It’s been a constructive testing without any crashes. Mixed weather conditions allow us to try various setting for conditioned change. Nakagami could run in the 42 seconds constantly and he feels more confident. Azlan improved his riding form for Moto2 class. I strongly believe that Azlan will have good race at the Losail circuit where he already had races in the Asia Road Racing Championship. I look forward the first race in Qatar.

Krummenacher closed the winter tests with a good progression

Jerez de la Frontera, March 13, 2014 – With the final day of testing at Jerez de la Frontera , it’s officialliy closed the pre-season season for Team Iodaracing Moto2 and Randy Krummenacher .

The team and the rider will leave the Andalusia region satisfied with the work done over the winter. Randy Krummenacher has made significant steps in taking confidence with the bike and the track after the terrible accident suffered in the 2013 Grand Prix of England.

In particular, in this second test in Jerez, the Swiss rider has been shown to have a good progression , doing better constantly. At the end of the tests, Krummenacher clocked his best lap time of 1.43.751 that is the 23 th place in the ranking, only 1.545 s from the leader of the day, the Japanese Takaaki Nakagami (Kalex), who clocked 1.42.206 .

RANDY KRUMMENACHER – MOTO2 RIDER # 4 – 1.43.751 – “Today was a very hot day . I have improved, but to be honest I wanted to do even better. The only thing I can do right now is to keep working hard and thinking about our first race. We must be more focused to make another important step in Qatar. In these tests I did not do long runs , because I still felt pretty tired, however it is much better than 15 days ago. I made a big step forward in my concentration , but not 100% yet . The team worked well these days and in these tests , now you will start to get serious”.

The first race of the 2014 season for Team Moto2 Iodaracing will be next March 23 at night at the Losail circuit in Qatar.


MAPFRE Aspar continues to improve lap times, breaking 1'47 barrier to finish winter programme on a high

Ready or not, it's time to go racing. The Moto2 and Moto3 riders completed their final day of preseason testing at Jerez today bringing to an end a three-day session held in excellent conditions in the south of Spain. Some fifteen Moto3 riders managed to lap in the 1'46s today, proving that it promises to be another close season in the minor category although once again Jack Miller has been the standout rider at this test and he finished on top with a best lap of 1'46.326.

MAPFRE Aspar rider Juanfran Guevara has improved his lap times and his bike set-up on each of the three days here at Jerez. The Spanish youngster remained calm despite struggling with the windy conditions on the first day and his gradual progress continued on an upward curve today as he joined the group of pacesetters lapping in the 1'46s.

13th Juanfran Guevara 1.46.782 (55 laps): “We did a similar job to yesterday, working on some different set-up solutions with our minds on race distance. We tried a variety of tyre compounds including the hardest front so that we were clear on everything before we get to the first race. On my last run we went back to the soft tyre and pushed hard to see how the bike responded. It went pretty good and we have finished the test with a 1'46 so we leave Jerez on a high note. On the whole it has been a positive preseason for us and I think we are where we belong.”

Jack Miller ends final preseason test on top

Final test at Jerez ends with Red Bull KTM Ajo's Australian rider setting best time of the week, with Karel Hanika in an impressive third place.

03/13/2014 - Jerez Circuit

Today the 2014 preseason came to a close for the Moto3 World Championship riders, with Red Bull KTM Ajo amongst the top three. Just as he did three weeks ago at the same circuit, Jack Miller set the fastest time of the test, with his time from yesterday of 1:46.259. Just 0.122 back was teammate Karel Hanika, who occupied third position on the timesheets .

On this final day Miller was also the fastest man, setting a 1:46.326 lap. However, he would not best his time from Wednesday. He clocked his top lap of Thursday in the opening session, when the 30°C track temperature allowed him optimum riding conditions. In the second run he focused more on development, whilst in the third and final runout, Miller set the second fastest of the day: 1:46.348.

Yesterday Hanika regretted not having been able to set a hot lap due to his focus on long runs, but today the Czech Red Bull KTM Ajo rider rectified the matter. Like his teammate, he was at his fastest in the first session and was just 0.055 off Miller with the second best time. With that job done, in the last two sessions he continued fine-tuning a faster and more consistent setup.

After tests in Almeria, Valencia and Jerez -twice- the World Championship is ready for Qatar and next week's World Championship season opener.

Combined Standings - Day 3

1. Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:46.326

2. Alex Marquez (Honda) 1:46.359 +0.033

3. Karel Hanika (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:46.381 +0.055

4. Jakub Kornfeil (KTM) 1:46.388 +0.062

5. Efren Vazquez (Honda) 1:46.392 +0.066

Combined Standings - Day 1/2/3

1. Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:46.259

2. Alex Marquez (Honda) 1:46.359 +0.100

3. Karel Hanika (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:46.381 +0.122

4. Jakub Kornfeil (KTM) 1:46.388 +0.129

5. Efren Vazquez (Honda) 1:46.392 +0.133

Jack Miller

"It was a good day. Once again we tested more parts for the bike, and once again they have given us very good results. We are confident that we are working in the right way to develop the bike throughout the year. I'm very eager to see how it evolves. We were fortunate enough to get some fairly decent times: One early in the morning and one in the afternoon. I made a small mistake when I was trying to lower my times, but I think this is also ok. We were consistent with our race simulation times, so I feel strong for Qatar."

Karel Hanika

"This last day has not been too bad. I think we did a fantastic job, we tested new parts and different setups and I think we finally found a really good one. Now we can go faster and more consistent, which I think is good and which means we're ready for Qatar."

Husqvarna riders ready for Qatar

Danny Kent and Niklas Ajo finish preseason at Jerez satisfied with seventh and the twelfth best times, respectively, over three-day test.

03/13/2014 - Jerez Circuit

Today the 2014 preseason came to a close, just one week before the start of the first free practice sessions at the Qatar Grand Prix. Husqvarna riders Danny Kent and Niklas Ajo were satisfied with the setups established over the past two months of testing and are ready for the first race of the season. Kent and Ajo finished their visit to Jerez with the seventh -1:46.547- and twelfth -1:46.768- best times, respectively, on the combined timesheets.

The Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo rider lowered his time from yesterday in the first session of the day, with a time of 1:46:553. In the next runout, Kent continued at a speedy pace, with a best time just 6 thousandths of a second off his previous best. With his preparations completed and satisfied with his pace, the Briton rounded off his preseason with 13 laps in the final stint.

Niklas Ajo had been consistent but lacking a hot lap from this preseason, but he changed this in the second session of the day. For the first time at this visit to Jerez, Ajo went round in under 1:47, setting a 1:46.768 lap. Following this, he put in just two further laps. In the end, the Avant Tecno Husqvarna rider took the twelfth fastest time on a very crowded timesheet -just half a second off the best lap, set by Jack Miller.

The official launch for Husqvarna in the Moto3 World Championship is next week in Qatar, at the first of eighteen Grands Prix to be held this season.

Combined Standings - Day 3

1. Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:46.326

2. Alex Marquez (Honda) 1:46.359 +0.033

3. Karel Hanika (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:46.381 +0.055

4. Jakub Kornfeil (KTM) 1:46.388 +0.062

5. Efren Vazquez (Honda) 1:46.392 +0.066

7. Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo) 1:46.547 +0.221

12. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo) 1:46.768 +0.442

Combined Standings - Day 1/2/3

1. Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:46.259

2. Alex Marquez (Honda) 1:46.359 +0.100

3. Karel Hanika (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:46.381 +0.122

4. Jakub Kornfeil (KTM) 1:46.388 +0.129

5. Efren Vazquez (Honda) 1:46.392 +0.133

7. Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo) 1:46.547 +0.288

12. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo) 1:46.768 +0.509

Danny Kent

"It hasn't been a bad test, because we improved on the last visit here. My times are inside the Top 10, which is difficult as I think many riders were faster than the pole time. The main thing is that we have found a good base setup and are ready for Qatar. We're feeling confident, as some other riders have just set faster one-off laps whilst we have found a good pace. We're ready for Qatar."

Niklas Ajo

"This third day was a little bit better than the previous ones. Today we also did a lot of laps and were very consistent, we tested some things out and we feel very good after this test. Of course we tried to up the pace a little, as if it were qualifying, and in the end we had some quite good laps. The eventual lap time was not the best, but it was quite good and we can be happy with this. We are ready for Qatar and we’ve been ready for a long time already, so now things are even better."


The long pre-season testing period came to a close today for the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2: in the last day of the official IRTA Test at Jerez, Xavier Siméon scored a stunning fourth fastest time with 1’42”556, just three tenths of a second off the best lap time of the three-day gathering. After the good consistency showed yesterday over full race distance, today the Belgian rider proved to be really competitive also on a single lap, as a further demonstration of the excellent work done with the team.

Aboard the Team Gresini Moto2 Suter machine, Lorenzo Baldassari closed his amazing apprenticeship lowering once again his lap times, finishing the three-day test with the seventh overall performance, 1’42”639, making him once again the fastest Italian rider on track. The 17-year-old rookie is therefore ready for his first race in Moto2, a category that seemed to suit his physical and riding style characteristics from the very beginning.

XAVIER SIMEON (1'42"556 - 47 LAPS)

“We finished the pre-season in an extremely positive way! Today we were able to take a further step forward, but it could not be otherwise, because we knew from yesterday that we were starting from a good base. Apart from the excellent lap time, just a few tenths off the pace, now we are aware that our potential is very high, so we are confident ahead of the first Grand Prix. We haven’t started winter testing in the best way, with the untimely Almeria crash, which slowed our working program, but later on we were able to improve constantly. Now I feel very comfortable with the bike, and the atmosphere inside the garage is wonderful”.


“I am very satisfied with the work done during the winter: I could adapt well to this category and I have reached a good level of competitiveness, so I look forward to my Moto2 debut with great confidence. The feeling with the bike is good and we were fast also today, therefore I’m convinced that in Qatar we can do very well, although I don’t want to make predictions”.


“I am very satisfied: first of all, I would like to congratulate our riders and all the guys in the garage, who worked hard during the winter. Both Siméon and Baldassarri surprised me, closing this final day of testing with excellent lap times. I had no doubts about Xavier’s talent, who is proving to be extremely competitive, while Baldassarri was a kind of a gamble: I’ve believed in him from the beginning, and his performance is proving that I was right”.

Marquez and Rins sign off preseason on a high

Riders conclude final test at Jerez with second and tenth fastest time, respectively, after a preseason of intense development alongside HRC.

Alex Rins and Alex Marquez ended their Moto3 preseason today, one week before the first race of the year at the Losail Circuit in Qatar. Emilio Alzamora's proteges continued to make progress during three days of testing at the Jerez circuit, completing the final shakedown with the second fastest time –set by Marquez– and the tenth fastest –by Rins as he placed eleventh on the combined timesheet for the three days .

On this last day in Jerez, the Repsol riders continued making steps forward with a dominant Alex Marquez leading the way. Clocking the best time of the second session –1:46.359– he finished the day just 0.033 off top rider Jack Miller. Alex Rins set a time of 1:46.694, 3 tenths off the Australian.

Following this test, the preseason comes to a close with Rins and Marquez ready to face the Qatar Grand Prix in seven days time.

Alex Rins - 1:46.694, 61 laps, 270 km.

"We have taken a step forward from yesterday and we have found a first base setup, but we're still lacking something. This preseason has maybe been the hardest for me, because of the injury and the new bike. We have done many laps and this has been more difficult than other years, but more work lies ahead before Qatar. All progress today will help us over the course of the year. This was the day of we have taken the most advantage and I could see where the limit was. We have analysed what went well and what did not work as expected, and we have tried to improve most of all the first part of the corners where we were losing most time. We did so, but maybe I needed one more day to take away a better time."

Alex Marquez - 1:46.359 , 74 laps, 327 km.

"At the end of yesterday we had already found our way forward and what we had to work on during the final day. Today I was motivated and convinced that we could improve on the aspects that we'd found difficult. We have been consistent and that is the most important thing, rather than setting a fast lap. I think we are ready to Qatar. There is still work to do, but we are in good shape. It has been a difficult preseason, developing a new bike with the support of Honda. They have come through with bringing us new parts, which have allowed us to improve and, in the end, this last day has been very positive. We head to Qatar very motivated and eager to do well."


After no less than twelve days of testing on Spanish soil, the preparations for the 2014 World Championship campaign came to a close today at Jerez for the Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3.

After having been a protagonist for the majority of the pre-season, Niccolò Antonelli today was not able to finish the last day of testing as he wanted, ending the session in 14th position in the combined standings with a best lap of 1’46”840. Although the gap from the top is not too high - under six tenths of a second - during the three-day official IRTA Test the 18-year-old Italian encountered some more difficulties than expected.

The pre-season testing today have come to a conclusion also for Enea Bastianini, who completed today 38 laps, the quickest of which in 1’48”032. The Italian rookie continued to gain experience in preparation for his world stage debut, solving some understeer issues, even though he declared himself still not entirely satisfied with the chassis set-up of his KTM.


“Unfortunately, these three last days of testing were not exceptional; however, today was better than yesterday, although we were not able to improve our lap times and as a result the final position on the timesheet is clearly not what we expected. We have been competitive during all winter, so we remain confident ahead the Qatar Grand Prix, knowing that we are capable to fight for the top positions: after all, the chassis of the bike is fine, we only need to fix a few things to come back to the top”.

ENEA BASTIANINI (1'48"032 - 38 LAPS)

“To be honest, this final test was a bit disappointing, because we wanted to get more. At the beginning of the winter the situation was better than expected, while the latter part was more difficult, but I think that this is quite normal. Today, however, we did a good job, closing the gap to the other riders and continuing to fine-tune the bike set-up, although there is still a lot of work to do. The level here in the World Championship is very high and it’s definitely not easy, but I have great confidence because the team is working hard and the atmosphere is good”.


“Surely the winter tests have not ended with the results we expected, but we remain confident ahead the start of the season: we worked well and we know that when Antonelli will regain the right feeling with the bike, he will return to fight for the first positions. During all the previous testing sessions – at Almeria, Valencia and even here in Jerez at the end of February - we were among the fastest riders with Niccolò, so obviously this time we made some mistakes. We will try to find a solution in Qatar, perhaps doing a step back with regard to the chassis adjustments”.

RW Racing GP ends preseason tests with a good feeling

With both Ana Carrasco and Scott Deroue being faster than ever before on the Jerez circuit RW Racing GP has ended preseason testing with a good feeling. The team is looking forward to the first race in Qatar with confidence. Both riders set their personal best times in the second session of this final day: Ana Carrasco recorded 1.47.587 (23rd overall), Scott Deroue was on her heels with 1.47.797 (24th overall).

RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen was happy with the results of his hotshots. “Both did an excellent job, improving their best lap times ever. And not just single laps, but constant solid lap times. Ana and Scott have worked hard and showed progression. Compared to the test in Jerez a few weeks ago, they both are significantly faster.”

Janssen was especially satisfied with Deroue’s progression. “Scott has moved closer to the top riders. He is over a second faster than a few weeks ago, while the front runners are not that much faster. A month ago the difference was 2.6, now it is only 1.5. Considering this is a learning year, we have no specific goals set for Scott but to show an upward trend. In the light of that he is on the right track.”

Concerning Ana Carrasco Janssen was satisfied as well, although the team manager believes his Spanish pupil can go faster. “Ana has not reached her limits yet, I’m sure of that. She is faster than she has ever been and she is working tremendously hard, but I have the feeling she still has to overcome some kind of barrier.”

The team skipped the final session of the three days test in Jerez, to get everything ready for Qatar where the first Grand Prix of the season will be held in little over a week time. Both bikes were equipped with new engines and all equipment was packed into crates to be flown to Doha. The team heads home tomorrow morning to spend a few days with their families and arrange the last things before leaving to Qatar on Tuesday.

Ana Carrasco – 1.47.587 (23)

“Yesterday I was close to improving already and now I even managed to get under the 1.48. Not just a little bit or only once, but quite a big slice and several laps. It feels so good to be that fast and set personal bests. The position is a little bit disappointing, but we are close and the differences are small. My team has worked hard to give me a good bike and I have a good feeling with it. I’m getting to know the Kalex KTM better and better. With these results and progression I’m looking forward to Qatar with confidence. Let’s get started!”

Scott Deroue – 1.47.797 (24)

“I lost some time this morning due to an electronic problem with my bike, but my team worked hard to solve it and I managed to get over that pretty quickly. From the data we knew my ideal lap time was 1.47.8 and I was able to ride that. I am happy with the lap times, but not so much with the position. I would have preferred to be closer to the top 20. Looking at where I stand from a rookies point of view, I am satisfied. Karel Hanika is a class of his own, but apart from him I’m the best rookie. That is one of my personal goals. Now we are heading to Qatar and I am eagerly looking forward to my first Grand Prix.”


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