The Italian rider, standing in for the injured Khairul Idham Pawi, is optimistic ahead of the French GP.
Mattia Pasini will make his PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Moto2 debut at this weekend’s French GP where he hopes to be in the fight at the front of the grid. The 33-year-old Italian will compete at the historic Le Mans Circuit, replacing the injured Khairul Idham Pawi on a stand-in basis.
Pasini had his first encounter with the team last Tuesday at the Moto2 test held at the Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit, which he concluded with a positive feeling after being one of the fastest riders over the course of the day.
A rider with 12 World Championship victories and a total of 228 Grands Prix to his name since his debut in 2004, Pasini achieved a podium at the Le Mans Circuit, with third place at the 250cc race in 2008. He has also been on pole there twice in 125cc (in 2006 and 2007). Pasini’s best Moto2 result at the French track is a fifth position from 2017.
Khairul Idham Pawi is currently undergoing treatment on his injured hand with the intention of returning to action as soon as possible.
The 25-lap Moto2 race will be held on Sunday, May 19th at 12:20pm local time.
#54 Mattia Pasini
“I’m very focused ahead of the French GP and I will try to do my best. The objective is to be at the front, or at least to fight to be in the top five, because after testing the bike last Tuesday I think our potential is very high. I’ve taken a podium and two pole positions at Le Mans in the past and I’ve always been strong there. It’s a track that I like. As we put in more laps during the weekend, we will work on improving the bike, but the goal is to concentrate on going as fast as possible, because we have a very good base to work from. I was very strong at the Jerez test, so we must be focused on our goal, have a little luck and satisfy PETRONAS Sprinta Racing for the opportunity I have been given.”