Simon Deservedly Satisfied With Top 5 Spot On Day One At Brno
The Moto2 category was as hotly contested as always as the action resumed at Brno today following the summer break. Some familiar names returned to the top of the time sheets as Bradl, De Angelis, Simón and Márquez set the pace, the German continuing to dominate but with his Spanish and Italian rivals ready to pounce on any slip. Despite its length and technical difficulty Brno has seen some typically close lap times in the intermediate class and all the ingredients are in place for a classic battle.
Julián Simón has shown that he is a tough as the class itself, having spent every day of the summer break working hard on the recovery of his broken right leg. The MAPFRE Aspar rider was an impressive fourth fastest this morning before lapping fifth in the afternoon, improving his lap times although not making the progress with the set-up that he was aiming for. Julian is delighted with his start to the weekend despite the pain in his leg and is confident he can battle hard again tomorrow. Jordi Torres spent the day getting his reference points at a completely new circuit to him and is already targeting areas to improve his set-up tomorrow.
5th Julián Simón 2.03.853 (29 laps):
“It has been a positive first day. The circuit doesn’t really suit my riding style but I am probably riding less aggressive because of the injury and that is actually helping. I spent the morning focusing on getting the right lines and spent the majority of the session near the top of the time sheets. We modified the bike to combat the bumps in some parts of the track but we made it worse and it wasn’t until the end that I was able to take a step forward and break into the top five. We will continue to work on the set-up tomorrow but for today I am satisfied.”
32nd Jordi Torres 2.05.586 (31 laps):
“This is a completely new track for me and I like it. I have not completely got used to it yet because it is so wide and long that you lose a lot of time if you run off line. Anyway, I am happy with the start we have made and if we can improve in a couple of areas I think we will get a lot faster. We just need to get the bike turning better because at the moment I am hitting a lot of rumble strips and it is costing me time through the corners. By solving this and finding a bit more front grip in a few places we can improve a lot tomorrow.”
Source: Aspar Media