Reale Avintia Racing riders head to Malaysia for the last round of the overseas triple and the penultimate race of the 2017 MotoGP World Championship this weekend.
Following a difficult weekend in Australia, Hector Barbera and Loris Baz arrive at Sepang determined to fight for a good result in the race on Sunday. Twelve months ago, Barbera and Baz finished a wet race at Sepang in fourth and fifth position. The weather forecast for this weekend is not bad, but rain can come at any time in Malaysia.
Both Barbera and Baz expect that all the information gathered at the winter test at this track will be useful to start the weekend with a strong base set-up and to be on the pace from Friday.
“Sepang is a good track for me and we have good references from the winter test that was quite positive. We have just two races left to finish the season and I would love to get a good result for my team. We need to forget Australia where nothing worked as expected and start form zero in Sepang. We have only two opportunities to succeed and I’m confident for this weekend. Last year I got my best result in MotoGP, so we’ll try to repeat it this season.”
“Malaysia is the last round of the triple. Last year the race was very good and I was fifth behind Hector in rain conditions, so we’ll see what we can achieve this time. In Sepang the rain plays always a big roll, so we have to wait and see how the weather will be during the weekend. At least it will be warm, very warm, not like in Australia were it was very cold. We will approach the weekend as usual, working hard from Friday to get the best feeling from the bike and push in every lap, not like at Phillip Island where nothing went as planned.”