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Interview with Alberto Moncayo

An Aspar generated Q&A with Moto3 rider Alberto Moncayo ahead of this weekend's first race for the new 250cc four-stroke class...
Q:
How do you like the sound of a Moto3 bike?

Alberto Moncayo:
Even though I preferred the sound of a 125cc two-stroke the Moto3 is growing on me. It's a very different bike to what we're used to but it is still a chassis on two wheels and we have to try and ride it as fast as we can. We're all starting from scratch so it's up to each individual to progress.

Q:
Where do you feel the biggest differences are between a 125 and a Moto3?

Alberto Moncayo:
The biggest difference is in the engine. It performs completely differently and in some ways it is easier to ride the Moto3 because you can play with the throttle more and there is more margin for error. The engine braking is also a big help.

Q:
Tell us about your winter. . .

Alberto Moncayo:
It felt like a long gap between the penultimate test and then Jerez last week. I have been working hard in between on my physical strength and cardiovascular fitness to try and improve my endurance. A Moto3 bike is heavier than a 125 and after a few laps you can feel the difference so you have to be ready.

Q:
How did testing go for you?

Alberto Moncayo:
The fact is that everybody would like to be at the front all of the time and to be honest we weren't as high up as we would have liked in the last test. Nerves got the better of us there a little but overall the job we have done in preseason has been incredible. We have been regularly in the top positions and I think we're ready for the first race of the season.

Q:
What are your hopes for 2012?

Alberto Moncayo:
I'd love to be consistently finishing on the podium, either on top or near the top in every session and setting the pace wherever possible.

Q:
What areas can the Kalex/KTM improve in?

Alberto Moncayo:
The Kalex/KTM still has plenty of margin for improvement. The lap times are more than impressive but if I had to ask for something it would be to get the chassis turning better. It would be nice if we could get it handling easier in the slow turns. Personally I think the engine is fast and consistent although there will be a few other riders who might disagree at first.

Q:
What are its strong points?

Alberto Moncayo:
Mainly the engine. Honda came on strong in the last test but it looks like the Kalex/KTM will be the one to beat. I also think that a factory like KTM will be able to find more power as the season progresses. The chassis is perhaps not 100% yet but Kalex have the experience of winning the Moto2 title in 2011 and I am sure they will have some updates for us soon.

Q:
What would make Alberto Moncayo happy at the end of the season?

Alberto Moncayo:
Being crowned World Champion, without doubt.

Q:
How soon can you win races?

Alberto Moncayo:
As soon as possible, hopefully.

Q:
Who will be the one to look out for in Moto3?

Alberto Moncayo:
There are a lot of guys going fast, like Maverick Viñales, Danny Kent, Sandro Cortese. . . in theory any one of them. Basically any one of the top ten guys from the last test at Jerez can win races.

Q:
Do you see similarities between Moto3 and Moto2?

Alberto Moncayo:
Yes. Maybe not in the first few races because there will be a few riders who disappear at the front but as the season goes on and things level out I think there will be a lot of guys fighting at the front.

Q:
What is the Kalex/KTM Moto3 bike like?

Alberto Moncayo:
It is a stable bike, well built and aesthetically beautiful. The chassis is in constant development. Overall it is quite a neutral bike which we need to study and work on in order to discover its limits.

Q:
How does it feel being part of the Bankia Aspar Team?

Alberto Moncayo:
Being part of the Bankia Aspar Team will be the key to 2012 for me. In just a few days of testing I have already realised what a professional outfit this is and now it is up to me to prove that I can be competitive on a consistent basis. Having a good team makes everything easier.



Tagged as: moto2 , 125 , Aspar , Alberto Moncayo

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MM - Unregistered

April 03, 2012 12:31 AM

Interesting. I wondered about Honda's reliability when they had to go away and find some extra ponies for Vinales' bike after KTM's domination during the early tests. Although it's sad to see the last two strokes go, (and sad to no longer hear that magical sound of 'tearing calico') it's a good thing if it ends the difference between the bikes which existed with the Aprilia engines. Hopefully we'll have more riders with a chance of getting on the podium, at least while the bikes are still in early development. Danny Kent's pre-season form has been very encouraging for UK fans too, which I'd like to think would help ensure uninterrupted BBC coverage of the class - well I can dream, can't I?

Crystal Balls - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 11:01 PM

Watched the opening CEV Buckler Moto 3 class race, looked to me that the Honda were chasing hp (a few popped and crashed) compared to the KTM. I'm sure the racing will be close and it's a long season and everyone is striving for setup. Good luck to all and sundry.



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