RBA Racing rider Gabriel Rodrigo currently sits 18th in the Moto3 World Championship, after a tough first half of the season marked by serious injuries. We requested to have a little talk with him and he proved very kind by accepting it.
Hello Gabri, first of all congratulations for the good results you achieved in some of the races of the first half of the 2017 Moto3 Championship, results achieved in spite of the fact that you suffered some tough injuries. Are you now 100% fit or is that collarbone fracture still troubling you?
This break has been perfect for me, because I was struggling a lot and now I’m feeling much better. Maybe I’m not 100% but really close to it.
How would you rate your 2017 season so far?
It’s difficult, missing so many races and with both injuries I can’t rate it in normal conditions. But I think that in spite of all the difficulties we showed that we are competitive and the most important thing for me is that I learnt how to continue fighting even in bad moments, and that made me really strong mentally.
Throughout your 2016 and 2017 season there were some races in which you were battling there in front for top positions but ended up crashing and retiring. Are your emotions the reason for this kind of mistakes or is it just bad luck?
I think both things. Last year maybe was a bit more because of being too anxious but now I think that I’ve grown up a lot as rider and that my mistakes were a bit more about bad luck.
Since your debut in Moto3, you have always raced on KTM bikes. Are you satisfied by the performances of the Austrian manufacturer? Do you plan to continue racing with them in the upcoming years?
KTM is working really hard and they have the potential to win a world championship. There are always some years in which the bike is better or worse than the others but I’m sure that it’s a competitive bike and factory.
I don’t know what will happen in the future but I’m happy where I am.
Do you prefer wet or dry conditions?
Throughout your career in the Moto3 World Championship you have raced with numbers 91 and 19. Do the digits 1 and 9 have any special meaning to you?
I started racing with the 48 because of my dog, but in my second year I couldn’t use it and tried the 19. I had a really good year and I decided to keep the number. In my first year in the World Championship, Tonucci was using the 19 and I decided to use the reversed number, but my idea had always been to come back to the 19 as soon as I could.
Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions?
Yes, I have many. I also have two amulets.
Apart from racing, do you have any other hobbies?
I like a lot any kind of sport and I like to have fun with my friends and family.
What‘s your objective for the second half of the 2017 season?
I hope to be in the front group in every race and consolidate my pace with them.
A message for the Romanian fans, please.
It’s always nice to feel the support from other countries and I’m really happy about it. I hope you’ll enjoy my next races!
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