Honda Gariboldi trio ready for Spain
Hard work has been the name of the game for all of the Honda Gariboldi riders since the last Grand Prix in Trentino two weeks ago.
For championship leader Tim Gajser, that has meant multiple charity events back in his native Slovenia, along with a national championship race and his usual training routine to fight for the red plate in Spain this weekend.
Jorge Zaragoza and David Herbreteau have both given their own training routines a boost too, putting in extra hours in the gym and on the bike as they work hard to boost their performances – Jorge especially in front of his home fans at the Talavera de la Reina track.
Coming after his own national championship round in Spain last weekend, Zaragoza is feeling confident ahead of the Talavera hard pack. In typical Spanish style, the weather is forecast to be hot as the action gets underway on Saturday morning.
Tim Gajser, no.243
“After Trentino I went home to Slovenia, and I took one day off and slept the whole day! But then it was a busy week, but good. I had four charity events which were really good, including one for kids with disabilities where sportsmen in Slovenia were invited to help them with activities and events and then just chill out with them. It was really nice to do, and makes you really think that you have to be happy because health is the most important thing. After that I’ve been training and also raced in a Slovenian championship round. It was crazy as there’s never been so many people – I was signing and taking photos for three hours! But it was so good to meet so many fans, and I want to thank them all for coming to support me. Now I’m looking forward to Talavera. I like the track but it’s quite tight so overtaking is not so easy. Still, I go there with a big smile and to have fun!”
Jorge Zaragoza, no.101
“It’s been nice to be at home since Trentino, and I’m really looking forward to this weekend as it’s always a great feeling to race at home. I won the Spanish championship round last month so I’m feeling really motivated for Talavera, and also after Bellpuig this last weekend which was good training. We’ve worked on the suspension setting since Trentino, and I’ve been training back in Spain so I’m feeling positive. I like the track a lot; it’s one of my favourites of the season, and I hope for a good race for the fans.”
David Herbreteau, no.338
“After Trentino I came home to France and I’ve been working hard, training hard and riding almost every day. I’ve been on the bike for six days out of seven as I think I’m missing some time on the bike still and I want to build myself up. I like the Talavera track and I almost had my first podium there in EMX250 last year. I know I can go well there, and if it’s prepped like it was last year it will be great. I’ll try to change some things for this weekend and stay focussed more on myself and my goal, but I’m feeling good.”
Giacomo Gariboldi, Team Principal
“I know all the three riders have been training well and hard since Trentino. Jorge will be racing in front of his home crowd so hopefully that will help to raise his performance, and he’s also been running strongly in the Spanish championship this season so we know he has the fitness and strength to race well. David has also been training really hard and pushing a lot to improve his results. He feels like he can do more on the bike, so I look forward to see how he goes this weekend. Tim is always good and has had a good two weeks of training at home, so we should be looking good for this weekend.”