Joan Mir’s Ecstar Suzuki crew chief Frankie Carchedi believes that getting the right setup for the Jerez MotoGP round is crucial as it can set the standard for the rest of the season.
Carchedi, who started his career with GSE Racing, reckons that getting the setup right for the Andalucia track it means it should work everywhere else in Europe.
“Jerez is very particular, and if you have any issues with your set-up, Jerez will expose them! For all the manufacturers it’s a very important track for that reason, because it’s a good way to check how good your set-up really is,” said Carchedi.
Generally, if your bike works well at Jerez you’ll have a good year, because it will also work well at any other track.
“It’s a very flowing track with a lot of fast corners, which is usually good for our bike. But there’s also hard braking and it’s always very challenging.”
Mir himself is looking forward to a race in front of his home crowd and replicate the race pace he showed at Austin after the jump-start penalty.
“I want to immediately get rid of the bad memory from Austin. I made a small mistake which ended with a big penalty, and it was a shame because I had strong pace,” said the youngster.
However, I’m confident we can progress very quickly in the next races, because as a Team we have proven that our performance level is comparable to the top teams and bikes, and because I feel very confident on the bike and with my crew.
“We’ve progressed well already in these three early races, and for sure we have good potential for a consistent and high level performance at the next races. It will be nice to be back in Spain and see the fans too.”