BANKIA Aspar Riders Keen To Do Well At Assen
The last weekend in June can only mean one thing for Grand Prix fans: the Dutch TT. One of the oldest circuits in the world (dating back to 1955) is also one of the most iconic and although it has undergone several phases of reconstruction in recent years it retains the magic that makes it one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated events. The last race for the 125cc class at Silverstone turned into a veritable lottery because of the rain and it opened up a victory chance for riders other than the category’s standout leader Nico Terol.
Assen is one of the BANKIA Aspar rider’s favourite circuits and after missing out on victory last year thanks to the actions of a lapped rider the Spaniard is keen to complete unfinished business. Terol could only manage eighth place in the torrential conditions at Silverstone but is now determined to get back to the winning ways he had demonstrated throughout the first part of the championship. Unlike his team-mate Héctor Faubel enjoyed a positive weekend in England, finally achieving his objective of a podium finish and shaking off the bad luck that has followed him around this season. Héctor is also a fan of the Dutch circuit and he is keen to repeat a top three finish. The BANKIA Aspar Team’s third rider Adrián Martín also picked up a good result at Silverstone and he is keen to build on it this weekend.
“It was a tough race at Silverstone because I had no feeling in the wet but I am sure things will be different this weekend at Assen. It is one of my favourite circuits and even though I have never won there I have always gone well. I normally get a good feeling on the first day and I am feeling confident so my only goal is to fight for the win. I really want to win at Assen and I will do everything possible to make it happen. I have already done it this year at Jerez and Montmeló, two circuits that had escaped me in the past, so hopefully I can do it again. It is a very fast circuit with flowing corners that you have to get right down to the nearest millimetre to make up time. It is important to get good reference points so that you don’t get lost and you must have a good engine set-up too.”
“The podium in England was a weight off my shoulders. We had been doing things well this season but the results weren’t coming. The podium has given me confidence to go to Assen with and hopefully I can be fighting for the top positions again. The team and I are going to work hard to prove that Silverstone wasn’t a one-off. Assen is very technical and fast, apart from the first part, and personally I love it. It also seems to suit us Spanish riders so my goal is to keep this form up and fight for the podium again.”
“I am really looking forward to Assen after picking up a good result last time out. I know I can run at the front now and that is my goal. We know we are competitive in the wet but I would like to show it in normal conditions too now. I had some problems with chassis set-up last year but everything is different now and I am sure I can adapt quickly to it because Assen is a spectacular circuit.”
Source: Aspar Media