Joe Roberts vive el sueño americano en la noche de Qatar

Germán Garcia Casanova
motorsport.com

Un metro ochenta de altura, 22 años y nacido en Malibú. A uno le viene a la cabeza un surfero para encajar en esa descripción, sin embargo, con un apellido como el de Roberts, el motociclismo parecía predestinado para este espigado californiano, propietario de una sonrisa permanente.

Roberts llegó al Mundial en 2017, cuando disputó cinco carreras al manillar de una Kalex del AGR Team de Karlos Arguiñano, debutando con una sorprendente décima posición en Brno, su mejor resultado hasta ahora.

En 2018, con el equipo NTS RW Racing GP, que tenía su propia moto, terminó su primera temporada completa en Moto2 con un 13º en Tailandia como mejor registro y sin dar muchas pistas sobre su desconocido talento.

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Ya en el equipo American Racing, en 2019 pilotó una KTM a la que no logró adaptarse en todo el año, terminando con dos 14º puestos como mejor resultado, en Le Mans y Assen.

Con esa tarjeta de presentación, nadie podía esperar que Roberts, en su cuarto año en el Mundial, tercero completo, arrancaría la temporada logrando batir la mejor marca del circuito de Qatar y logrando la primera pole de su vida, y la primera de un piloto americano en la categoría intermedia desde Noyes en 2010.

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“Cuando le vi pilotar en la pista por primera vez, inmediatamente supe que no le faltaba ni un ápice de talento. Luego empezamos a hablar, a ver los puntos fuertes y débiles, y me recordaron mucho a áreas que tuve que trabajar en mi carrera, todo lo ha asimilado de inmediato, lo ha trabajado muy bien, nos llevamos fenomenal, muy bien”.

Además del talento, Hopkins destaca la personalidad de su piloto.

“Nunca he conocido a una persona más humilde, pero con una gran confianza en sí mismo. Eso es clave, si él confía todos lo hacemos. Me siento muy emocionado con este proyecto. Vamos a intentar iniciar un programa de carreras y una academia en Estados Unidos y ahora él es la punta de lanza de todo este proyecto”, asegura el poleman del Gran Premio de Holanda de MotoGP de 2006, la única pole de su carrera, las mismas que su ahora pupilo.

↓ Así ha sido la trayectoria de Joe Roberts en Moto2 ↓  

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