Features 1 Feb 2022

Fast Thoughts: Senna Agius

Promo Racing rider on European experience and adapting to 600.

After spending two years in the Moto3 Junior World Championship with SIC 58 Squadra Corse, 16-year-old Senna Agius has wasted no time adapting to the larger 600cc machinery, set to compete in the European Moto2 Championship in 2022 with Promo Racing. CycleOnline caught up with the promising young talent to get his Fast Thoughts on a range of topics.

Image: Russell Colvin.

Two years spent in the Moto3 Junior Championship…

A character-building two years. I definitely enjoyed it all and I learned a lot for the future. It’s true the results weren’t what we wanted or truly worked for, but I guess that is part of it, and we are ready to move forward on bigger bikes.

Swift adaptation to the bigger bikes… 

I believe I’m picking up a big bike faster than what I did on the little bikes. I think my riding style will suit these bikes a lot better than what it did on the Moto3. There’s something about the horsepower and braking traction that the big bike and my riding style, maybe coming from something like dirt track, it definitely suits me a lot better, I just find that I can use my skillset more on a big bike than I can a little bike.

Heading into the 2022 European Moto2 Championship…

I think at the middle of March I will head back overseas. My team is really professional and really good, so I think the objective is to start strong, somewhere in the top five, and if I could get a podium sometime through the year I think that would have to be the goal.

Image: Russell Colvin.

The Honda CBR600RR compared to Moto2…

The Honda has come a long way with the new model being released. I’ve only ridden the old Kalex with the Honda engine Moto2 engine, as that was all that was available for me to try, but we are going to be on the new 2021 Kalex with the Triumph 756 engine, pretty much the exact same equipment as the world championship. Testing starts in March, with this bike, but I haven’t actually ridden yet. I can give you some comparisons to the old one, I feel definitely that there is a lot less movement with the Moto2, it doesn’t hide your mistakes as much as the 600. You can get away with a lot because it is softer and less aggressive, but the Moto2 is quite rigid and responsive so everything that you do wrong kind of gets highlighted on a GP bike.

Advantages of having a rider coach…

I find that Steph [Redman] is very pivotal, she plays a pivotal role. She not only helps on the race weekend, but every time I ride a road bike pretty much she is there and we’re always working and she’s getting quite good with all of the telemetry stuff, so she is definitely upped her skillset to help me evolve and improve even on our private test days just with our R6s or our 1000. I’m keen to keep on working with her as we are doing quite well together and I think we can achieve some good things.