The Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders, Alex Rins and Alex Marquez, cross the Atlantic to take part in the Indianapolis GP, after intense summer holidays during which they continued training.
It’s been over three weeks since the last GP in which the Team Estrella 0,0 Galicia riders took part was held, and as of this Friday, Alex Rins and Alex Marquez will once again get onto their bikes after well-deserved summer holidays. They took advantage of this time to rest, but especially to prepare for the second half of the championship which kicks off with an intense three races in as many weeks.
The first is in the USA, at the legendary Indianapolis circuit, built in 1909, and which has held a date in the GP calendar since 2008. Alex Rins, winner of the last race, in Germany, has made a huge leap since his first visit to the American circuit last year when he finished seventh.
It was also the first race there for his team-mate, Alex Marquez, who was competing in his fourth race in the World Championship, his first as a regular competitor after having shone in the three guest races (rides). With a lot more experience than back then, the rider from Cervera has finished in the top five in five consecutive races, and has been riding regularly among the top positions.
Rins: “I’m going to Indianapolis really motivated, and full of enthusiasm. I raced there last season and I did quite well. During the holidays I had the chance to train in Slovakia, and we were able to get positive results with regards to the second half of the championship. I think that this year, with the improved bike, we can have a good weekend. Indianapolis is a very rounded circuit as it has a bit of everything: fast corners, slow corners, and a second sector with a number of complex corners, almost a triple chicane. I’m sure that on Friday, when I get on the bike after not having ridden for so many days, the first couple of laps will feel strange, but the good feeling will return in no time.”
Marquez: “During these holidays I had one week of complete time-out, resting, which is important to do once in a while. After that, I was training to the max for a week and a half, cycling, gym and running, to get to Indianapolis in the best shape possible. Besides, now we have three races in a row, so when returning from holidays, you have to do so physically and mentally well-prepared, so as to be able to cope after such a long break. Indy is where I debuted as a regular World Championship rider last year, after having done the wild cards. It was a difficult weekend, I was really looking forward to it and sometimes that can work against you, as I had a number of falls. But the most important thing is that I really enjoyed it and this year we are more experienced, so we have to return with the same enthusiasm with which we started the season.”