Terol, Faubel & Martin Make Top 10 In Rain-Afected Qualifying
For the second day in a row the 125cc riders’ track time was hindered by rainfall at the Italian Grand Prix today, with sparse droplets over the first twenty minutes of qualifying giving way to heavier showers later on. The grid positions were effectively decided by the weather and Johan Zarco took a pole position that barely reflects the form of the key riders in the 125cc class.
BANKIA Aspar rider Nico Terol, for example, was eight tenths quicker than his closest rival yesterday and was a full second clear of the field in the dry this morning. His objective was to convert that pace into pole position this afternoon but the fickle Tuscan skies decided otherwise. However, with the hard work done Nico hope he can make up for his disappointment with a victory tomorrow. Héctor Faubel is also hopeful of a good race after improving his feeling this afternoon despite the limited track time, with the experienced Spaniard and his young team-mate Adrián Martín looking to challenge the lead group from the third row of the grid.
5th Nico Terol 2.01.033 (7 laps):
“It was a strange session this afternoon, very much like yesterday. After getting dialled in over a couple of laps I could see raindrops on the ground and even though the track wasn’t completely wet I couldn’t tell how risky it was. It looked okay so we decided to put new tyres in and push for a time. Unfortunately then it really did rain and we couldn’t draw many conclusions. I am happy because I feel good on the bike and I was quick this morning despite the discomfort of my finger. It is a shame we weren’t able to challenge for another pole but I think we’re ready to race. I am on the second row and it is a long drag to the first corner here so I think I can get to the front. The first five laps will be crucial to try and break the pack up.”
8th Héctor Faubel 2.01.351 (9 laps):
“We were in good shape this afternoon to challenge for a good posiution on the grid but the rain made things difficult. When I saw it was raining at the start I tried to push for a good time and got in with Viñales and Zarco. After that I came in for a new tyre but when I went back out it was quite wet and the grid was effectively decided. If it doesn’t rain I think we can fight for the podium because apart from Nico we are all pretty close.”
9th Adrián Martín 2.01.679 (7 laps):
“Once again we are caught short although we did well to get a quick lap in before the rain came. We only had four or five good laps before the track was too wet and the limit became impossible to find. I am happy because ninth place and a third row start is good. If I can get away well I think I can stay with the lead group. I think we’re ready.”
Source: Aspar Media