Terol Dominates On Day One At Catalunya
A home Grand Prix for a host of riders on the 125cc grid started off with seven local riders in the top eight at Catalunya. Clouds threatened in the morning and gave way in the afternoon, giving the riders opportunity to test their bike set-up in both wet and dry conditions. Nico Terol was the fastest over the two sessions, holding an advantage of 0.4 seconds over his nearest rival on the overall time sheets.
Second place last time out was a great result but Terol is used to winning this year and he is eager to re-establish his dominance from the outset here. The BANKIA Aspar rider’s closest rival today was Sandro Cortese and he is hopeful of maintaining his dominance tomorrow. His young team-mate Adrián Martín was the surprise package today, clocking the fifth fastest time in the morning and then topping the timesheets in the afternoon. The BANKIA Aspar team’s third rider Héctor Faubel had a tough start to the weekend, crashing in turn five after eight laps this morning but recovering to lap seventh fastest.
1st Nico Terol 1.53.001 (20 laps):
“The forecast today was for changeable weather and it has proved correct, which meant we could not work properly this afternoon. My feeling was good in both wet and dry though and we got better with every lap, which is positive for tomorrow. I only did four laps in the wet but I felt good, even though I didn’t take any risks. My main target is to improve my pace from last year’s race – not just for myself but because my rivals are getting ever closer.”
5th Adrián Martín 1.54.050 (19 laps):
“I am really happy because we have started out with a good pace, like in France. To see myself fifth on the time sheets has given me a big boost. I think we are making progress because I feel more comfortable every time I ride. I only managed two quick laps on the wet track this afternoon but I felt good and set a fast time. The bike is working really well and I am desperate to keep this up all weekend.”
7th Héctor Faubel 1.54.704 (17 laps):
“We really improved the throttle response at the Aragón test and we were able to follow on the same positive line today. After the crash this morning we tried a new chassis solution and it made it much more manageable. It rained this afternoon and I didn’t feel comfortable at the start because it was slippery but I improved my feeling as the laps went by. Everything we are trying at the moment is working so I hope Sunday confirms it. The team and I are working so hard and I think we deserve a good result.”
Source: Aspar Media