Terol Ready To “Put A Good Weekend Together” At Sachsenring
The 125cc World Championship passes the halfway stage this weekend with the ninth round of seventeen at the Sachsenring circuit in Germany. A flurry of five European races in just seven weekends has seen a points windfall for BANKIA Aspar rider Nico Terol, who leads the series by 39 points despite missing one of those races with a hand injury. After tacking the wide open spaces of Silverstone, Assen and Mugello in recent weeks the next challenge for the minor category riders is the shortest and tightest circuit on the calendar, with dramatic elevation changes making it one also one of the most technical. At just 3.671km the Sachsenring circuit always provides good 125cc racing and the riders will be looking to give their all before a well-earned summer break.
For Terol this weekend is also an opportunity to finally make up for his disappointment last year, when he travelled to Germany but was ultimately forced to sit out the race due to a back injury. The Spaniard returned from his most recent setback with victory last time out at Mugello and even though he is still not fully recovered from the hand surgery that forced his absence at Assen three weeks ago he is hoping to challenge for the same result on Sunday. After his podium at Silverstone Héctor Faubel has missed out in the last two rounds so he is looking to make amends this weekend, whilst Adrián Martín is also hoping for a return to form after two difficult races.
“At Mugello we scored an important win after the hand injury and my motivation, which was already high, is even bigger now. I rode well and it was a fantastic win but now we go to Sachsenring, where I wasn’t able to ride last year. That is just another reason for me to go out and put another good weekend together and even though I am still not 100% I am definitely feeling better. I spent the whole of last week with the physiotherapist and my recovery is speeding up. I have mobility back quicker than expected. Sachsenring is a demanding but fun circuit and our objective, as always, is to push hard in every session and be ready to fight for the win on Sunday. You need a perfect set-up for all the left-handers because it takes a lot out of that side of the tyre.”
“I am really looking forward to racing in Germany, where I hope to be fighting for the podium again. Sachsenring is small and twisty so that reduces the differences between riders in 125. My intention is to give it everything from the first minute of the first session to make sure we have a good grid position. I have started from behind in the last couple of races and that makes life difficult, so the goal is a front row start and a podium challenge from there. Sachsenring is a very small circuit, I don’t particularly love it but I tend to go well there so I hope that is the case this weekend.”
“After two races where things have not gone as we hoped we are going to try a new set-up and some improvements to the bike. We have to take the positives out of the last two rounds, work out where we went wrong and what we can change. We don’t need to make dramatic changes, just go back to doing things the way we were before Silverstone and start challenging in the top ten again. Sachsenring is a tight and twisty track but I did well there last year so I am very much looking forward to it.”
Source: Aspar Media