Simon Doubtful For Czech GP, Torres Starts From 23rd
The Moto2 category was the only one to benefit from a dry line on an otherwise damp track for this morning’s final free practice sessions although a dirty track surface made for difficult conditions. Series leader Stefan Bradl dominated the majority of the day’s play only to be knocked off pole position at the very end of qualifying this afternoon by Marc Márquez, with the pair set to continue their battle for championship honours in what promises to be an intriguing race tomorrow.
Sadly for the MAPFRE Aspar team there is now a question mark over Julián Simón’s participation in the race, the Spaniard ironically staying in his garage for much of the morning session so as to avoid taking risks only to crash on his second lap of the afternoon session, hitting the ground hard in turn ten. The Spaniard has suffered an abrasion and lost the nail on his right ring finger as well as suffering a heavy blow to his shoulder, ribs and lumbar region. He is refusing to rule out lining up on tomorrow’s grid – should he do so he will be at the very back, having not completed a full flying lap. His team-mate Jordi Torres enjoyed a profitable day’s work, getting a good feeling for the wet conditions in the morning despite missing the final ten minutes of the session due to an innocuous crash. In the afternoon he shaved over a second off his best time from yesterday to qualify 23rd.
“Luck has not been on my side lately. I didn’t expect the crash, it happened so suddenly. I completed my first lap with no problems but then when I went to push a bit harder the bike just threw me off at the bottom of the hill. I could see that Pol had run wide so I went inside him and as he came back onto the line we touched slightly. That wasn’t a problem but at the end of the corner with the bike leaned over I was thrown over the top. My shoulder and right side generally is beaten up and I have lost the nail off my little finger so I am in a lot of pain right now and not sure what I’ll do tomorrow. We’ll decide when I get up and see how I feel.”
23rd Jordi Torres 2.04.178 (17 laps):
“The bike wasn’t turning as we wanted yesterday so we planned a lot of changes for this morning but the rain spoiled our plans. Anyway, it was good for me to get a feel for the bike in the wet and even though I crashed because I braked too late I felt comfortable. Luckily I was okay and able to get back out there this afternoon. We tested everything we wanted to and I felt a big improvement. I am happy because my feeling with the bike is positive and all I needed to make up some more tenths was to get a tow. I did my lap time on my own and we are all close so hopefully I can have a good battle tomorrow.”
Source: Aspar Media