Dalla Porta confident of Moto3 success in Motegi with new Mahindra set-up
The 2017 Moto3 season is heading for a three-race back-to-back weekends starting in Motegi this weekend, followed by rounds in Phillip Island and Sepang.
It is also the last four races coming up for Indian manufacturer Mahindra in the lightweight class. So, far the 2017 season has been below par by their own standards.
Aspar's Lorenzo dalla Porta believes that they have found a correct set-up for the upcoming races, which will make them faster than they currently are.
"I am looking forward to getting back on the bike and continuing the season in Japan. I hope we can achieve the results that have escaped us in recent races," said the Italian.
"We deserve more than we have achieved recently, we have found a set-up that we can be fast with. It was a shame how the race finished at Aragon, but I want to focus now on the next few races and on scoring points.”
Teammate Albert Arenas, who is tied with Peugeot's Jakub Kornfeil on 14 points as the best two riders for the manufacturer, is also hopeful of a competitive run.
"It will be an intense trip with three races in as many weekends. I know Motegi from last season, when I scored my first World Championship points," said Arenas. "I go there this year looking to mount a strong challenge in the race and to put together a good weekend.
"We have to be consistent with the lap times in practice and find a set-up that is right for the race. We will try to be as competitive as we can to kick off the triple-header with a good result.”
The CIP riders Marco Bezzechi and Manuel Pagliani are also eyeing for good results, with the former to make his debut on the coming circuits, while the latter already got a taste last year.
Over in Peugeot, Kornfeil will be a good benchmark for young Patrik Pulkkinen, as the Finn rider is still looking to score his first championship point.
The Indian manufacturer, who has 14 points this season so far, will want to better its sixth place result courtesy Francesco Bagnaia from last year.