Bel-Ray Press Release-Bel-Ray Weekend Racing Preview2012-06-14 15:00
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MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3
The MotoGP tour continues this weekend after a 1 week break in the racing action. The Hertz British Grand Prix will take place at the historic Silverstone Circuit. Located in the heart of the United Kingdom, Silverstone has more than 60 years of racing history for both cars and motorcycles and its location, just 90 minutes north of London, make it one of the riders' favorite stops on the tour.
The Bel-Ray backed Power Electronics Aspar team of Aleix Espargaro and Randy DePuniet remain the men to beat in the new CRT class, with the Espargaro leading the way as the top CRT racer in three of the first five races this season. The team tested new parts on their machines during the break with hopes of improving the grip of the rear tire. Espargaro spoke about the changes and his outlook for the weekend prior to this weekend’s race. "I am really looking forward to the next race. I have never been involved in a dry race at Silverstone in MotoGP or Moto2, so hopefully, the weather is good to us this weekend so that we can have fun on the bike. Silverstone is a very fast track and that should suit me. It is a bumpy track, but once you work things out, it is not too difficult to get on the pace. We tried a new swingarm in Barcelona that has improved rear traction, which was a major problem for us, and now that all the MotoGP riders are using the same front tire, I hope our situation improves still further. My objective for this weekend is to keep working in the same way that we have up to now and maintain our leadership of the CRT category." DePuniet called Silverstone one of his favorite tracks and hopes that the typical British weather will hold out for Sunday. "Along with Catalunya, Silverstone is one of my favorite circuits on the calendar and I always feel comfortable riding there. It is very fast with a lot of second and third gear corners that suit somebody with good corner speed, and that suits me. With it being such a long track, we might lose out a little bit compared to the factory MotoGP bikes, but I am very highly motivated, I'm looking forward to getting started and getting everything ready for the race. We have a lot of work to do, but I think we can do really well on Sunday. We will have to keep an eye on the weather because it is always likely to rain in England, but if that's the case, we will do our best to adapt to the conditions."
The Bel-Ray sponsored Mapfre Aspar Team of Toni Elias and Nico Terol come to Silverstone with different ideas for success. Following his DNF in Catalunya, Elias is again looking to a podium finish that he has the speed to attain. He is still struggling with tire grip on his Moto2 machine, a problem that ultimately caused him to crash out of a podium spot at the last round. He hopes to have figured the handling issues out as he spoke about this week. "I am really looking forward to getting to Silverstone and continuing the work we have started. We have been on the right lines for the last few races without being able to convert our progress into a result, so we're going to do our best to make it happen this weekend. You never know whether you will get rain or shine in England and although the temperatures are usually quite low, I always enjoy racing at Silverstone. If we do our job well with the bike set-up, we can come away with a good result. We are closer to the front every week and I hope we can take the next step this weekend and finish where we belong." Teammate Terol, meanwhile, has scored points in the last two rounds. He is striving for the next step in his graduation from the 125cc class to the larger Moto2 machines. He spoke with optimism about the upcoming race. "We have been in the points for the last two races and I feel like I am getting to grips with this category. The next step is within our grasp and when we make it, we will be able to make up a lot of positions. We want to be consistently in the top ten and I think we have the pace to do it.”
Bel-Ray sponsored Bankia Aspar is prepared for a top finish this weekend at the iconic British Silverstone circuit. Team rider Hector Faubel comes to England with high hopes. He was a podium finisher there last season under stormy condition and this weekend’s forecast calls for much of the same. He spoke about his misfortune of the last two rounds and his hopes for a high finish on Sunday. "We have performed to a high level over the last two rounds, but we've been out of luck in terms of turning our potential into results. I finished third at Silverstone in the wet last weekend and I hope I can be back on the podium this time, on the top step if possible. Silverstone is a very fast circuit and I hope it is as good to us on the Moto3 as it was on the 125." Teammate Alberto Moncayo is looking to improve on his 14th place finish in Catalunya when the race begins on Sunday. Qualifying in a top position is important in this highly competitive class and Moncayo spoke about that this week. “Motivation is high and we are looking forward to working hard with the new material to make sure that we are improving at least at the same rate as the rest of the field. We are getting closer to the points and we need to make another push this weekend. I am not a big fan of Silverstone, but everything will be new with the Moto3 bike, so we have to be positive and work hard from the first session because, as usual, every minute will be crucial."
The 2012 FIM World Motocross Championship Series will cross the halfway point this weekend as the series continues in Bastogne, Belgium for the GP in Belgium.
The Bel-Ray backed CP377 Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit team of Christophe and Sebastein Pourcel has shown excellent results recently. Christophe is currently 4th in the standings, just four points out of second place. He has eleven top five moto finishes, including three victories thus far this season. Teammate and brother Sebastein has scored four top fifteen finishes in the last four motos and he has started to regain the form he had before his injuries two years ago.
Both Bel-Ray backed Floride Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit team riders Tommy Searle and Joel Roelants come to this weekend looking for top finishes. Searle has been on the podium in thirteen of the fourteen motos so far this season and a top finish again this weekend will go a long way in his quest for a world championship title. Roelants is looking to his home race and a recovery event following a disappointing 15th overall at the previous round in Portugal.
The 2012 AMA National Motocross Championship will continue this weekend at the Red Bull Budd’s Creek National. The picturesque facility is situated in Southern Maryland, just an hour from Washington, DC. With a weather forecast of sunshine and mild temperatures, the large amount of fans on hand are certain to enjoy a great day of racing. Bel-Ray will have a large amount of racers competing this weekend in both the 250 and 450 classes. In addition to the Rockstar Energy Racing team of Blake Wharton, Jason Anderson, Martin Davalos, and Hunter Hewitt, Bel-Ray Elite racers are also scheduled to attend. The Elite support racers scheduled to race this weekend in Maryland are (77) Lowell Spangler, (731) Steve Roman and (760) Tyler Wozney in the 250 class and (241) Derek Anderson, (449) Dakota Kessler, (587) Dustin Kendall, (606) Ronnie Stewart, and (693) Tucker Saye in the 450 class.
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