Terol Takes Sixth Pole Of The Season At Indianapolis
Nico Terol, Sandro Cortese and Johann Zarco will make up the front row of the 125cc grid for the second race in succession at Indianapolis tomorrow, with the German and the Frenchman joining the pole-setting Spaniard right at the end of the session after some impressive performances from a host of rookies. Maverick Viñales, Danny Kent and Miguel Oliveira all put forward a strong challenge for pole position but in the end it was the BANKIA Aspar rider who ended up on top, just as he did at Brno two weeks ago.
Only a mechanical setback prevented him from setting the pace in this morning’s final free practice but there was nothing to stop Nico’s domination this afternoon. A run of six fast laps, with his best stopping the clock at 1’48.199, sealed his sixth pole of the season and gave an indication of a potential race-winning pace for tomorrow. Héctor Faubel is happy with the job he did today on set-up and in particular with respect to tyre wear, the Spaniard targeting a podium challenge from the outside of the second row whilst team youngster Adrián Martín lines up fourteenth but feeling confident of a charge into the top ten positions.
1st Nico Terol 1.48.199 (17 laps):
“Today was a really good day for us. I had an incredible feeling with the bike this afternoon and felt much better than yesterday under braking and on the gas. You can’t afford to get off line here because it is really slippery but I was able to set my pace quite easily and I think it may be possible to escape tomorrow. If the opportunity arises we have to go for it. The tyres go off very quickly and the bike wants to throw you off in certain sections so we have to be wary and make sure we are still there at the end of the race. It is the same for everybody though and right now I feel ready for anything.”
6th Héctor Faubel 1.49.324 (17 laps):
“I have mixed feelings right now because I am not too happy with the position but pleased with the work we did with the setting on used tyres. We did 21 laps on the same rubber and only fitted fresh tyres at the very end of qualifying so I hope this works in our favour tomorrow. It is tough to escape here and even though Nico was a step ahead today we will have to wait and see what happens. I am going to try my best to make a strong start and get as close to the front as I can as soon as possible to be fighting for the podium all the way. I had a little crash this morning because of the track conditions but everything is okay and the engine is working really well so I am looking forward to the race.”
14th Adrián Martín 1.50.600 (16 laps):
“I am happy because we have worked very well on the set-up, I just made a small mistake at the end of qualifying. I was waiting to see if I could latch onto another rider and get some good references but I waited too long and by the time I reacted the session was over. Even so I think we have a good pace, I feel comfortable and I think we can improve the bike even further in the morning.”
Source: Aspar Media