Reale Avintia Academy 77 Moto3 – GP of Malaysia – Sepang
Reale Avintia Academy 77 rider Vicente Pérez came very close to conquering a second row start at the Grand Prix of Malaysia. Only a tiny little mishap on the very last corner of the Sepang circuit stopped him from moving up to within the six fastest riders in the qualifying session. In the third section of the track, Pérez was just two tenths of a second behind pole position, but in the last corner he had to change his line to avoid hitting Arbolino and he lost more than a second.
He now has to start from 21st position on the grid, but he has the speed and the determination to fight back and to recover positions. He wants to leave the memories of the poor results in Japan and Australia behind and finish the overseas triple on a high note, with more points in his account.
The Spanish rider will take advantage of the warm-up session on Sunday morning to refine the set-up of his bike. Other than that, he is well prepared for the 17-lap-race which will start at 12.00 h local time.
“It was a pity because I was just about to move up to the Top five when another rider almost crashed in front of me. I touched him and therefore I wasn’t able to complete what would have been a really fast lap. I’m sorry for the team, because they have done an incredible job all weekend long and the strategy for qualifying today was perfect. Yesterday I was a little bit lost, but step by step, we got on the right track to be fast in dry conditions. I hope it won’t rain tomorrow because my bike is set-up perfectly for dry conditions. It’s a matter of gritting my teeth on the first few laps and to recover as many positions as possible.”