Recovering Simon Determined For Good Brno Showing
Ready or not, it is time for the Moto2 teams and riders to return from their holidays and get back to action as the Brno circuit plays host to the tenth round of the season. The Czech track is one of the longest on the calendar at 5.403km and features a host of fas, sweeping corners combined with dramatic elevation changes. The layout provides the perfect antidote to the tight and twisty Sachsenring, venue of the last Moto2 race before the summer break, and it will put bikes and riders to the test. Currently leading the way n the intermediate class are Stefan Bradl and Marc Márquez but with eight races remaining there is plenty of opportunity for other riders to stake a claim for victory – not least MAPFRE Aspar rider Julián Simón, who would surely be in the title hunt if it weren’t for a serious injury.
Simón’s recovery from a broken leg continues apace and after an impressive showing in Germany, where he showed great speed in practice only for Lady Luck to desert him in the race, he has made the most of some welcome down-time over the summer break. The Spaniard is still not fully fit but he is keen to give Bradl and Márquez something to think about this weekend. Jordi Torres has been equally busy over the summer break analysing his recent performances as he looks to establish himself amongst the world’s best. The Catalan has shown speed without taking advantage of slipstreams but knows he needs to improve, principally on his race starts.
“The break has been a really good opportunity for me to regain strength in all my muscles, not just my legs. I have just worked on getting back in shape because I lost a lot of muscle mass during my recovery and it was really important for me to build my fitness ahead of a demanding period of races. Being realistic I am still not 100%, I still need walking stick, but I am sure I will be in a lot better shape than I was in Germany. I think it will take another couple of races for me to be totally over my problems. Brno is a circuit I love, we had a good result there last year and I am determined to put the bad luck from Germany behind us and finish the race. I think that by working as hard as usual we can be up front.”
“I have used this three-week break as a challenge to build cardio-vascular fitness and lose weight. I am quite a big guy and I wanted to trim down so that my weight is not a disadvantage on the bike. I have also watched a lot of videos from Brno to get as much information about the track as possible and I have taken a lot of notes that I hope will be useful. I have also been playing on the games console to getter an idea of what Brno is like to ride. I hope to continue learning this week and above all work on my starts, when everybody tries to get past.”
Source: Aspar Media