NBC Sports broadcaster Leigh Diffey spoke at length with American Racing Moto2 rider Cameron Beaubier about preseason testing at Algarve International Circuit in Portugal and Circuito de Jerez—Angel Nieto in Spain.
“Every lap I get on this new Moto2 bike is positive,” said Beaubier. “We really don’t get too much testing before the season actually starts, so every lap you are learning something.
“The team has welcomed me right in, and we have been working really well together. I don’t want to get too excited; we will build slowly. When we go racing, that is when we have to be fast.”
Beaubier, a five-time MotoAmerica Superbike champion, will make his FIM Moto2 Grand Prix World Championship debut with the American Racing Team on March 28 at the Losail International Circuit in Doha, Qatar.
Diffey asked Beaubier is he is excited to be back in Europe. The 28-year-old Californian competed overseas in the 2007 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, the 2008 CEV 125cc Grand Prix Spanish Championship and the 2009 FIM Moto3 Grand Prix World Championship.
“In 2009, I was kind of thrown in the deep end,” said Beaubier. “It was tough. That is why I am so excited this time. I rented a house for a year outside of Barcelona. I am figuring out the town I am living in and stuff like that. It has been really cool.”
Beaubier will team with Spaniard Marcos Ramirez, who was 19th overall in his Moto2 debut, with three top 10 finishes, including a sixth in the Grand Prix of Aragón at MotorLand Aragón in Spain.
“I am trying to learn everything I can as quick as I can and get up to speed as quick as I can,” said Beaubier. “These guys really are the best in the world. It is going to be tough, but I think once we get rolling, it is going to be really good.”
Watch Diffey’s entire interview with Beaubier here.