Arbolino targets strong season finale in Valencia
The Elf Marc VDS Racing Team returns to Europe ahead of the final round of the 2022 Moto2 World Championship for the traditional season finale at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia.
- Confidence is sky high for Tony Arbolino after he was victorious in two of the last three races in Thailand and Malaysia, while an on-going left shoulder injury unfortunately means Sam Lowes has been ruled out of the Valencia round and his Kalex machine will once again be raced by Senna Agius.
- FP1 gets underway at 1055am local time on Friday morning ahead of the 25-lap race that is scheduled to start at 1220pm on Sunday afternoon.
/// TONY ARBOLINO
- Arbolino arrives in Valencia in the best moment of his career after he took stunning wins on the four-race Asia Pacific tour in Buriram and Sepang to move into fourth place in the World Championship standings.
- Valencia’s tight and twisty 4km layout was the scene of Arbolino’s last Moto3 success when he won the final round of the 2020 season from 13th position on the grid.
“I’m ready for one last big push to end the season in a good way”
“We go to the final round in Valencia super proud of what we achieved at the flyaway races. We’ve done some incredible work recently and it will be important to finish the season strongly this weekend. One of the main targets for the last part of the season was to finish on a very high level and we have shown we can do that. Valencia is never an easy race because so many riders have a lot of experience at this track, so we need to work even harder to make sure we are fighting at the front again. I was a bit mentally and physically tired after such an intense period of races but I took a few days off after Sepang and now I’m ready for one last big push to end the season in a good way in Valencia.”
/// SENNA AGIUS
- Having replaced Sam Lowes in Austria, Misano and Aragon earlier this season, Senna Agius will deputise again while the Briton concentrates on recovering from left shoulder and upper arm injuries suffered at the Silverstone round in early August.
- Australian teenager Agius scored a best Moto2 result of 16th in Aragon in mid-September and he secured second place overall in the European Moto2 series with third place last weekend in the final round in Valencia.
“I’m very happy to be back working with a great crew”
“I’m very happy to be given another opportunity in the Moto2 World Championship with the Elf Marc VDS Racing Team. I want to wish Sam all the best for his recovery in the winter and hope he is back to his best again in 2023. My approach to this weekend doesn’t change from the previous races we have done together. There’s a lot to learn and I’m very happy to be back working with a great crew at a unique track. My goals for the weekend are to keep progressing and finish the race in the points.”