KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s Moto2 rider, Zaqhwan Zaidi will enter his first race in Europe and the fourth race of the season at the Grand Prix of Spain at the Jerez Circuit.
Zaqhwan believes that the prospects of him putting his best performance of the seasons is good albeit his limited laps due to challenging weather conditions.
“Conditions in Jerez will be absolutely different for Qatar, Austin in the USA and Argentina. In fact, all three past races presented different atmosphere and climate, hence different kind of challenges for me and the team.
“Those three races had provided valuable experience and priceless knowledge for me to understand myself, the bike and the competition. The next few races will be in Europe and hopefully, the differences in conditions are not too diverse like we experienced in the opening three races,” he said in a statement today.
As the race bike has been on the road for the most part of the seasons so far, the European round is a welcome period for this rookie team which has seen limited number of hours on the bike.
Futher improvements are being made and works on his Suter bike had started immediately after the Argentina Grand Prix and the team has made full use of the two weeks period available.
According to JPMoto Team Manager Raja Zaini Raja Mohamad, the team has been working very hard over the past two weeks in making adjustments to the bike to further improve its performance.
“We learned plenty from the opening three rounds and are now more familiar with the behavior of the machine. To a certain extent, the changes that we made for Jerez are quite drastic,” he said.
Built in 1986 and hosting its first Grand Prix one year later, with two alternative road circuits (4,423m and 4,428m) which were resurfaced during 2005, Jerez is a popular venue used by many race teams for testing throughout the year.
The Spanish grand Prix will be a special one for Jerez de la Frontera, this year named Motorcycling Capital of the World.
The action begins today with free practice and concludes with Sunday’s race at 12.20pm local time. – BERNAMA