Terol: “We Have To Stay Focused”
The most frenetic part of the MotoGP season gathers pace this week as the series heads directly from Spain to Great Britain for the first back-to-back race weekends of 2011. BANKIA Aspar rider Nico Terol has taken victory in all but one of the opening five rounds of the campaign and currently leads the championship by 48 points over the rest of the field, who need to do something quickly to put the brakes on the Spaniard’s charge to the title. Silverstone is the longest track on the calendar at 5.902km and will present a huge challenge to the minor category riders.
Terol arrives in Silverstone after overcoming the mental barrier of racing in Barcelona, where he was injured last year. The British circuit is one of the few on the calendar where he has yet to stand on the podium, providing extra motivation for this Sunday’s race. Héctor Faubel is still looking for a turnaround in fortunes after losing several positions when running wide towards the end of the race in Barcelona a couple of days ago. The experienced Spaniard has his hands full at Silverstone, where he will be riding the 125cc machine for the first time. Adrián Martín arrives in the UK having achieved his first objective of consolidating himself as a top ten rider in the category but he is looking for more progress.
“I feel like I am living in a dream and I want it to continue for as long as possible. I never imagined it possible to start off a season in this way but here I am with five podiums, four of them wins. I am really pleased with the job being done by the team and with my own form but even though this may sound repetitive we have to stay focused and give a hundred percent in every race because as we saw in Barcelona our rivals are getting closer and closer and we have a lot of races before the holidays. I liked Silverstone last year and I almost finished on the podium so on Sunday I hope to be able to continue my current run of form. It is a long and technical circuit that requires a perfect set-up so we have to start well on Friday.”
“I suppose Silverstone will be a little more difficult for me than other circuits because I have never ridden a 125 there, so we have to work hard from Friday to adapt as quickly as possible. I enjoyed the circuit last year on the Moto2, it has a lot of fast corners and that suits me. We will have to work differently, study the braking points well and get our references quickly for the weekend to go well. So far luck has not been on our side but sooner or later that has to change and the objective is to fight for a podium any which way.”
“I felt happy with the way the race went in Barcelona but I know I can do better and I am not going to stop working until I achieve that. We will have to be on our game at Silverstone and make sure we follow up some good work during practice with a good qualifying session. A good starting position will be a crucial factor in improving my results. Silverstone is a long and technical circuit so I hope we can find a set-up quickly and have another good weekend.”
Source: Aspar Media