Terol continues domination over 125cc class in final free practice
After two free practice sessions yesterday the 125cc class had a further opportunity to work on their set-up this evening, when BANKIA Aspar rider Nico Terol continued to dominate over Efren Vázquez, Sandro Cortese and Sergio Gadea in the day’s solitary practice. The Spaniard was able to maintain an advantage of almost a second over all of them this evening although things are sure to be tighter when qualifying gets underway tomorrow.
Terol, last year’s championship runner-up, has established himself as a clear favourite for the win on Sunday night and after spending this evening’s session refining his set-up he finished with a flurry, setting four consecutive quick laps to secure his advantage over Vázquez. His team-mates Héctor Faubel and Adrián Martín had less fortune, the former finishing seventh fastest following another problem with his bike and the latter struggling for front end feel in the fast corners.
1st Nico Terol 2.06.957 (14 laps): “The session went fantastically well this evening. At the end I was able to put together a pretty good pace and the times are getting quick – I was only a couple of tenths off last year’s pole so I am satisfied with that. I am happy to have maintain my advantage over the rest but we have to keep pushing because in this category somebody can catch you out when you least suspect it. My pace from last year’s race is a good reference point for us and at the very least I want to match it. My objective for this season is to improve as a rider.”
7th Héctor Faubel 2.09.253 (14 laps): “Today was a tricky session for us. We had an engine problem yesterday which came back to haunt us again today. I got a decent lap in at the start of the session but little by little we lost power and on the last lap it stopped altogether. I need to sit down with the mechanics and make sure we fix it for tomorrow so that we can qualify as high up the grid as possible.”
13th Adrián Martín 2.10.073 (15 laps): “We started the weekend off quite well yesterday but I struggled to get on the pace today. I couldn’t get a feel for the front end – it was lifting up in a lot of the fast corners and I was losing grip so it was tough to get any feel on the brakes or on the throttle. We only had one session to work on it today so we have to try and solve it tomorrow. We are three seconds off Nico at the moment but I think we can halve that gap.”
Source: Bankia Aspar Team