Jelang MotoGP Jerez, si “mbah Dokter” cukup optimis. April 26, 2012Posted by hendrajaua in Uncategorized.
Setelah “intip-intip” motogp.com, dapat disimpulkan bahwa sejumlah pembalap optimis menjelang MotoGP Jerez. Termasuk juga si “mbah Dokter” Valentino Rossi. Seri ke 2 di tahun 2012 akan menjadi start ke 200 Rossi di kelas premium ini (dan akan menjadi pembalap ketiga setelah Alex Barros dan Loris Capirossi yang mencapai 200 start di MotoGP). Tidak ketinggalan, rasa optimis juga ditampakan oleh sang patner di Ducati, Nicky Hayden. Seperti di kutip dari motogp.com:
“I’ve always liked the Jerez track a lot, and we certainly must try to do better than in Qatar. By the end of the three-day test in March, we had found a decent setup for the GP12, so we have a base to start from for this track as we prepare the bike for the race. It will be very important to work well during the Friday and Saturday practice sessions, focusing particularly on maintaining a good direction and on taking advantage of what we currently have to work with.”
“I really enjoy the Jerez GP. In some ways it’s like the first race all over again, because it’s a little bit different than Qatar. We’re back in Europe, with our trucks and all the crowds. It’s also a special track. It’s really tough, with very few straightaways, so you have to ‘connect the dots’ and do some hard braking. If you want to do a good lap time, it’s important to be fast in those last two right-handers. I’m looking forward to it. We tested there last month, but since then we have a race under our belt and a bit more data to consider. We know the general setup of the bike now. Last year the weather definitely mixed things up a bit, so we’ll see what it does this time.”
Wah, setelah hasil buruk di Qatar, Rossi masih optimis bisa memperbaiki posisinya di Jerez, lalu bagai mana pembalap lain? Dari sumber yang sama dikutip:
“The pre season test at Jerez was positive for us, we had good feelings on the bike and finished happy, so I’m really looking forward to going there for the Grand Prix this weekend. We need to be very focused and have a good qualifying session in order to start the race in a good position. I love the Jerez circuit and the passionate support of the Spanish fans, I hope the grandstands are full again as it adds to the unique atmosphere there. We had a great race in Qatar and to start the season on the podium is important, but we cannot relax, we will be aiming for another strong race this weekend”.
“After a difficult race in Qatar, I’m looking forward to Jerez. We had a very good pre-season test there, it’s a track that hasn’t been so good for me in the past so the fact we were able to hold a good pace there in testing has given us a lot of confidence. We still have some issues that we really need to resolve with the bike especially the chattering in the entrance and exit of the corner, when we solve these we believe we will have a very competitive package. Since Qatar I’ve been working on the arm pump issue I experienced in the race and it’s definitely feeling better, we’ve treated it the same way as when I had it in 2010 at Silverstone so I’m hoping it won’t be a problem for us this weekend”.
Tidak ketinggalan juga pembalap Honda Gresini, Alvaro Bautista yang berharap bisa mengikuti pembalap-pembalap di barisan depan. Seperti di kutip di sini:
“It was a tough weekend for us in Qatar because I struggled to find the confidence with the bike that I had enjoyed during preseason testing. We tried a lot of things without ever establishing a good feeling and I had to work very hard in the race to get 100% out of what we had. It was important for us to finish the race and to finish it in seventh was a positive way to finish a difficult weekend. During this short break I have been training hard every day and enjoying some time relaxing with my family, without ever taking my mind off the job. We have some extra PR work to do this weekend but I always look forward to Jerez because it is a very special race to me. I missed out last year through injury but we gathered some good data during preseason that should help us have a good race on Sunday. Our objective is to run with the guys at the front, which would be great because it is always such a pleasure to race at Jerez in front of the fans.”
Sepertinya kita bakal di suguhkan balapan yang cukup seru di Jerez kali ini. Seperti kita ketahui, para pembalap di tahun 2012 melakukan tes resmi di sirkuit ini. Juga waktu balapan pun juga tidak terpaut jauh dengan waktu tes resmi, sehingga masing-masing tim sudah mempunyai data dan waktu yang cukup untuk mempersiapkan motor masing-masing di seri Jerez ini.
Tentu saja, kita juga harus terus memantau hasil free practice dan kualifikasi. Selain memantau motogp.com, biasanya saya juga suka “mengintip” upadate-update dari blogger kawakan seperti tmcblog,dan iwb yang cukup rajin mengabarkan hasil latihan resmi dan kualifikasi motoGP.